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zich's Avatar zich 07:29 PM 09-07-2013
I just got this mounted, and tried to take a video to share with you guys. First, keep in mind that I don't have a screen yet, and am projecting onto a textured tan wall with a chair rail. I also didn't change any default settings or spend much time aligning it. There is a decent amount of ambient light coming through a window, which doesn't seem to have much effect.

I didn't notice any of the rampant RBE in the video with the naked eye. I'm guessing this is just due to the video camera being out of sync with the projector. If anyone has any tips for taking better video of a DLP, let me know. This is my first DLP.

The quality of the video isn't great, but hopefully it will help someone. Again, I am quite happy after the quick demo.

http://youtu.be/o9zF2bB4GMQ

zich's Avatar zich 07:34 PM 09-07-2013
Or not, I guess you can't post a shaky video of a minute of a movie online...
arrow34's Avatar arrow34 07:44 PM 09-07-2013
Anyone have suggestions for some cheap 3d glasses rf or dlp that will work? My samsung ones do not work... frown.gif
niggenz's Avatar niggenz 08:14 PM 09-07-2013
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Originally Posted by jclub View Post

Thanks for your input niggenz. Do you get yellowish faces on your hd131xe like I see in that youtube video of the hd25?

Not after calibration. Also to be clear, my assessment is that the HD131Xe handles shadow detail better than the W1070. Not necessarily black performance. The Youtube video is a pretty good representation of what I saw with the W1070. Both are simultaneously displaying the same image, from the same player, in the same environment, via splitter. Too bad, the guy that did this did not calibrate the projectors, so there is some controversy still. But there is a reason why I returned the W1070. Since I don't have the W1070 anymore to create my own sample, this video best captures what that reason was. If the HD131Xe was just as bad, I wouldn't hesitate to drop it either.

And if anyone with a W1070 in Northern California wants to do a shootout, holla at me.
PGT FTW's Avatar PGT FTW 08:22 PM 09-07-2013
I happened on this PJ due to the review and was reading Amazon reviews. How loud is it? My older Sanyo is very quiet at only 21db and when it kicks the bucket, I'll likely buy this Optoma.
arrow34's Avatar arrow34 08:36 PM 09-07-2013
So far, it has been extremely quiet. There doesnt seem to be much a difference between eco and bright color. noise wise. Also there is a bit of kick in brightness, but i am happy with eco.
PGT FTW's Avatar PGT FTW 10:01 PM 09-07-2013
is it audible? I'd be mounting mine directly overhead.
arrow34's Avatar arrow34 10:33 PM 09-07-2013
It is right behind me overhead and if a movie is not going i can hear a muffled fan noise, but not at all during movies or not so far during quiet moments.I think it is rated at 26decibels... i am coming from a projector that was 1. not hd, 2. louder and dimmer at eco.
PGT FTW's Avatar PGT FTW 10:36 PM 09-07-2013
sounds good, thanks
Birddoggin's Avatar Birddoggin 10:40 PM 09-07-2013
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Originally Posted by Tangled Cable View Post

Birddoggin or anyone else want to share some screenshots? I know they do not offer a fair representation, but I'm curious to see some anyway (the photos from another thread linked above are too small to see anything ).

I uploaded several screenshots in this thread. If you want something specific, let me know.
toomanytvstosee's Avatar toomanytvstosee 11:15 PM 09-07-2013
sorry to ask a rookie question, but is this considered a short throw, normal or long throw pj?

I just bought the acer h6510bd and at 15 feet for a 144 screen is too short of a throw to work. Need something with similar or better image quality but also longer throw
niggenz's Avatar niggenz 07:16 AM 09-08-2013
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Originally Posted by toomanytvstosee View Post

sorry to ask a rookie question, but is this considered a short throw, normal or long throw pj?

I just bought the acer h6510bd and at 15 feet for a 144 screen is too short of a throw to work. Need something with similar or better image quality but also longer throw

It's a normal throw projector, or at a consumer level, it can it be considered a long throw projector. Real long throw projects are for large venues or really big rooms. As for short throw projector in this price range with similar performance, check out the BenQ W1070.
Scosdaddy's Avatar Scosdaddy 10:44 AM 09-08-2013
I have a 118" Carada screen with a 13'4" throw distance and a ceiling mount. My current Panny ae900u just started showing equidistance vertical lines over the entire screen. Now i've been looking at going 1080p finally and 3D option for the kids movies. I've been reading great reviews about the BenQ 1070 and the Epson 2030 and wanted one of those but looking at the distance calculator on projectorcentral.com neither will work in my set up. Now i see this Optima in the results for my set up and am intrigued. My mount can shift up and down so hopefully that will help the 9" shift that is being discussed as the current center of the lens is around the top 4th of the screen.

My big concern is the RBE since the Panny was LCD and I hope noone in my family sees this effect and cannot view stuff on the screen without getting headaches. Does Best Buy or HH Gregg (2 local stores) have DLPs on display so we can check our eyes for it?

Why does the description also say 3D Compatible but also says Full 3D. Is there a difference?
Birddoggin's Avatar Birddoggin 01:04 PM 09-08-2013
Today I noticed a geometry issue apparent when you view the ticker at the bottom of the screen. The "dead space" below the ticker is significantly less on the left side than in the middle or right side. In other words, the ticker appears to slope on the left side of the screen.

It's only obvious with a ticker on screen. I did not notice this when viewing test images or regular programming.




abhijeet.ghosh's Avatar abhijeet.ghosh 11:49 AM 09-09-2013
Hi, can you share the pictures of the mount? I have bought the same PJ but still not mounted as could not fine suitable mounts in India.

you cab check my post here...
http://www.hifivision.com/home-theatre-projectors-screens/46135-optoma-hd131xe-unboxing-first-impressions.html
Tangled Cable's Avatar Tangled Cable 02:00 PM 09-09-2013
Yeah I went back and looked through the thread beginning to end and saw those you posted. Much appreciated.

Guess what I want now is just more comparisons from people like the TS who've seen both this and the W1070 ....
vanquestly's Avatar vanquestly 06:30 PM 09-09-2013
you are right,The 1070 has a much shorter throw so make sure the one you want fits in your room. kUH9
Birddoggin's Avatar Birddoggin 04:13 PM 09-10-2013
Upon reviewing this thread, I found there are surprisingly few of us who actually own the 131. (less than 5 I think) Why do you think the 131 is getting a lukewarm response?

I'm liking it more every day. Last night I watched The Heartbreak Kid and Pitch Black on HD-DVD and spent as much time looking at the movies as I did watching them. tongue.gif Try as I may, I'm unable to find any faults with the picture quality. (I did post pics about possible geometry issues when viewing the NFL Network ticker, but I can't duplicate that issue in any test patterns, so maybe it's an illusion??)

I know many threads on here are endlessly comparing the 1070/2030/8350/131/etc, but without doing any in-house comparison, and being a buyer's remorse kind of guy, I can say that I have ZERO remorse about the 131. I'm not spending even one second thinking that I should have bought the Epson 8350, which I originally planned to do. Or that I should have paid twice as much and bought a refurb JVC RS40U, which was my Plan B.

Granted, I've not seen either of those projectors in action, and I assume the JVC quality would blow the 131 out of the water. But the point is, I like the 131 so much that I don't feel the urge to see those PJs and compare. I'm happy with my choice (which is unusual for me!).

So unless you've already owned high-performance, high-priced projectors and are looking for similar performance, I encourage you to give the 131 a shot.

I wonder what I'll watch tonight?! biggrin.gif
Tangled Cable's Avatar Tangled Cable 07:33 PM 09-10-2013
I just pulled the trigger on a 1070, and like the TS I'm tempted to get this as well so I can directly compare the two ... but my wife would kill me.

My general impression from screenshots/videos is that the Optima appears to have better black level, as has been stated, but colors look more accurate on the 1070. We need more shootouts, damn it!
niggenz's Avatar niggenz 03:02 AM 09-11-2013
Let us know what your impressions are of the W1070. I am really curious if the black/shadow detail weakness that it has will jump out at you right away.
niggenz's Avatar niggenz 03:12 AM 09-11-2013
I am thinking the geometry issue is a result of the light spill being on the outer range of your zoom lens. If I recall you had specific room dimension issues that you had to fit into. One of the artifacts of projecting on the outermost zoom range is possible geometry issues. But it does seem as if the image is intact and the issue is only impacting the light spill.

My screen arrives tomorrow!
niggenz's Avatar niggenz 03:24 AM 09-11-2013
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Originally Posted by Scosdaddy View Post

I have a 118" Carada screen with a 13'4" throw distance and a ceiling mount. My current Panny ae900u just started showing equidistance vertical lines over the entire screen. Now i've been looking at going 1080p finally and 3D option for the kids movies. I've been reading great reviews about the BenQ 1070 and the Epson 2030 and wanted one of those but looking at the distance calculator on projectorcentral.com neither will work in my set up. Now i see this Optima in the results for my set up and am intrigued. My mount can shift up and down so hopefully that will help the 9" shift that is being discussed as the current center of the lens is around the top 4th of the screen.

My big concern is the RBE since the Panny was LCD and I hope noone in my family sees this effect and cannot view stuff on the screen without getting headaches. Does Best Buy or HH Gregg (2 local stores) have DLPs on display so we can check our eyes for it?

Why does the description also say 3D Compatible but also says Full 3D. Is there a difference?

Take your entire family to Best Buy and see if they have a DLP you can demo. They usually do, call them first. If not, go find a home theater store that does. You want to be sure that no one in your family is sensitive to RBE before getting a DLP projector. Don't buy a DLP sight unseen. Here is what you should look for: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYBurcnYx2g.

The HD131Xe is full 3D out of the box less the 3D glasses which are not included.
nickoakdl's Avatar nickoakdl 03:32 AM 09-11-2013
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Originally Posted by Birddoggin View Post

Upon reviewing this thread, I found there are surprisingly few of us who actually own the 131. (less than 5 I think) Why do you think the 131 is getting a lukewarm response?

I'm liking it more every day. Last night I watched The Heartbreak Kid and Pitch Black on HD-DVD and spent as much time looking at the movies as I did watching them. tongue.gif Try as I may, I'm unable to find any faults with the picture quality. (I did post pics about possible geometry issues when viewing the NFL Network ticker, but I can't duplicate that issue in any test patterns, so maybe it's an illusion??)

I know many threads on here are endlessly comparing the 1070/2030/8350/131/etc, but without doing any in-house comparison, and being a buyer's remorse kind of guy, I can say that I have ZERO remorse about the 131. I'm not spending even one second thinking that I should have bought the Epson 8350, which I originally planned to do. Or that I should have paid twice as much and bought a refurb JVC RS40U, which was my Plan B.

Granted, I've not seen either of those projectors in action, and I assume the JVC quality would blow the 131 out of the water. But the point is, I like the 131 so much that I don't feel the urge to see those PJs and compare. I'm happy with my choice (which is unusual for me!).

So unless you've already owned high-performance, high-priced projectors and are looking for similar performance, I encourage you to give the 131 a shot.

I wonder what I'll watch tonight?! biggrin.gif

What are your impressions on the 3D so far? Is it bright enough?
niggenz's Avatar niggenz 07:10 AM 09-11-2013
The HD131Xe is brighter than most but 3D can be brighter. A hit to brightness seems to be a shortcoming with 3D across the board in consumer display devices. Other than that, the HD131Xe handles 3D material wonderfully.
Birddoggin's Avatar Birddoggin 07:37 AM 09-11-2013
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Originally Posted by nickoakdl View Post

What are your impressions on the 3D so far? Is it bright enough?

I wear glasses so I'm unable to use 3D. I've tried wearing 3D glasses over my glasses but suffer what I call 3DE (instead of RBE).

Thank you for mentioning that. My comments above were strictly for 2D viewing.
solwretep's Avatar solwretep 09:05 AM 09-11-2013
I just ordered this projector, Ill let you know everything in like 2 days smile.gif
travisbickle's Avatar travisbickle 09:57 AM 09-11-2013
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Originally Posted by Birddoggin View Post

Upon reviewing this thread, I found there are surprisingly few of us who actually own the 131. (less than 5 I think) Why do you think the 131 is getting a lukewarm response?

I'm liking it more every day. Last night I watched The Heartbreak Kid and Pitch Black on HD-DVD and spent as much time looking at the movies as I did watching them. tongue.gif Try as I may, I'm unable to find any faults with the picture quality. (I did post pics about possible geometry issues when viewing the NFL Network ticker, but I can't duplicate that issue in any test patterns, so maybe it's an illusion??)

I know many threads on here are endlessly comparing the 1070/2030/8350/131/etc, but without doing any in-house comparison, and being a buyer's remorse kind of guy, I can say that I have ZERO remorse about the 131. I'm not spending even one second thinking that I should have bought the Epson 8350, which I originally planned to do. Or that I should have paid twice as much and bought a refurb JVC RS40U, which was my Plan B.

Granted, I've not seen either of those projectors in action, and I assume the JVC quality would blow the 131 out of the water. But the point is, I like the 131 so much that I don't feel the urge to see those PJs and compare. I'm happy with my choice (which is unusual for me!).

So unless you've already owned high-performance, high-priced projectors and are looking for similar performance, I encourage you to give the 131 a shot.

I wonder what I'll watch tonight?! biggrin.gif

The HD131Xe is my first HT projector and I'm loving it! I'm still in the process of building a screen so I can't really fairly judge the performance of the projector with what is going to be challenging ambient lighting conditions but I'm very pleased with what I've seen so far. In a darkened room projecting on a bright white screen, I'm loving the contrast and black levels. The image really pops. And I'm only using Fios TV at this point for source material. I can't wait to have my screen set up and play some blue ray material.
jclub's Avatar jclub 05:03 PM 09-11-2013
Just took the leap and ordered this from buydig.com for about the same price as the Amazon pre-order deal. Listed at $799 Add to cart it shows $793 Put in coupon code LaborSaving15BG and it comes to $778 with free shipping and no tax except for New Jersey. If you have a mrrebates account you can get 1% cash back so the total for me will end up being $770.22 Thought I'd post this info in case anyone was on the fence or about to buy it from somewhere else.
Tangled Cable's Avatar Tangled Cable 06:46 PM 09-11-2013
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Originally Posted by niggenz View Post

Let us know what your impressions are of the W1070. I am really curious if the black/shadow detail weakness that it has will jump out at you right away.

I will but is this the thread to do it in?

Also my perspective is somewhat limited by my small amount of experience: just two projectors, a Sanyo Z1 and then the Z3 which I just sold. I have a room painted black with dark green carpeting and total light control and a homemade gray screen (been so long I can't remember the recipe) which I painted to help improve the very weak blacks of the Sanyos ... but I am pretty picky about picture quality and I HATE washed out blacks, so I definitely speak out if I see them with the BenQ.
Miwo's Avatar Miwo 11:58 PM 09-11-2013
loving my projector as well, no complaints other than 3D Brightness, which is pretty common in this pricerange.

Speaking of 3D, if you want to save some money you can buy the Estar America RF3D or DLP Link glasses. They are both identical to the corresponding Optoma models. THeir bitcauldron emitter + RF classes are on sale on Amazon for $60 (vs about $133 for the Optoma branded ones)

Anyone have 3D calibrated settings? Have 290 hours logged on my lamp, the improvement over my old Diamond-pixel WXGA LED projector is just astonishing. To think I was going to stick around waiting and waiting for a 1080p LED that is affordable..... glad i just bit the bullet and went with this
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