Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: San Jose, CA 95123
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Between the HD25e and the HD131Xe, unless you need a black projector and are really tight with money, there is no reason not to get the HD25e. The differences seem negligible.
But no problem. I do see some weak points with the projector that I am hoping will be remedied after proper setup and calibration. I wish I had some of this help before I purchased the W1070; it would have saved me some time. But then again, the HD131Xe wasn't available then, only a month or so ago, so it does seem fortunate. I watched the Deja Vu, The Matrix, and The Crow Blu Rays pretty much straight through each film yesterday. Each of these movies are rather dark and bleakly set but showed fantastically on the HD131Xe. Especially The Matrix. So much luster has been lost with this film after parts 2 and 3, that I forget what an awesome movie it is. Seeing it so brilliantly at home last night made me remember how astonished I was after walking out of the theaters way back in 1999. I also demo'ed Romeo+Juliet and Titanic (in 2D). With R+J, I noticed that there is a lot of noise in the sky during the beach scenes. It was distracting. But otherwise the rest of this colorful movie looked great. In Titanic, I don't know if it is the film or not, but there seems to be lots of grain in this movie during the dinner scene. Hopefully this can be remedied. Also, I wouldn't recommend anyone throwing any rips at this projector. They make look fine on a 55" TV, but when you have an 8ft+ screen, you will quickly see where those 40 or so gigabytes of data went.
Some other things to note. I haven't mounted this yet, so to get the biggest screen I could get projected onto my wall, I placed it on the backrest of my couch just inches away from my shoulder and right ear. After watching those 3 movies, I didn't even notice the fan noise. Fist Pump!!!!
I will get better screen shots and will try to get video of it action as well and keep you guys posted.
HTPC: Intel NUC (DC53427HYE) running OpenELEC/Win7 Dual Boot
Projector: Optoma HD131Xe
Receiver: Onkyo TX-NR809
Screen: Elite Spectrum Electric 125"
Media Server: NAS4Free Core 2 Quad 2.40GHz