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post #1 of 24 Old 04-29-2014, 08:22 AM - Thread Starter
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For anyone interested, I noticed that Best Buy and Adorama.com now have the Pa77u (not the 75u) in stock. It looks like the updated version of the pa75u. I believe it has a Dark chip 3 since the listed contrast is 100,000:1 compared to 15,000:1 on the pa75u. Hopefully LG has addressed some focus issues they had with the 75u also.

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The Best Buy PA77U listing states 15,000:1 CR.
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You are correct. Perhaps I saw the 100,000:1 spec for the pf85u. Obviously, neither projector will come close to their contrast claims anyway.

http://www.lg.com/us/projectors/lg-PF85U-portable-led-projector

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The pa75 (and 77 if it's still WXGA) get around 900:1 and the 85u hits 1,400:1-1,500:1. They all kept the same LED backlight but the 85u added the "brilliantcolor"/white-boost which is a terrible idea for LED units.

They changed the smart-remote and added voice commands for certain simple things. They also added a SPDF audio output. Otherwise it looks mostly unchanged from the 75u.

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Looks like the LG PA75U got a firmware upgrade...only thing I see different are the "smart TV" apps :

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They changed the smart-remote and added voice commands for certain simple things. They also added a SPDF audio output. Otherwise it looks mostly unchanged from the 75u.

I love to hear the minimal revision on PA77U. I am going to upgrade my PJ and my choices are PA77U & BenQ GP20. I don't need the smart features on PA77U since I have already an android box & WD Tv live. Maybe GP20 is ideal for my needs, but GP20 had a negative feedback from Amazon user. I came from a 240 lumens SVGA led projector so 700 lumens with wxga resolution maybe a jump up for me. I want a fairly bright and good color image for my controlled environment mini-theater. Your suggestion is highly appreciated.

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How good is the Pa77u with regards to video quality? I am only using this pj for movies on 92" 16:9 projector screen in controlled light environment.

Anyone here tried to compare between pa77u vs benq gp20?

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How good is the Pa77u with regards to video quality? I am only using this pj for movies on 92" 16:9 projector screen in controlled light environment.

Anyone here tried to compare between pa77u vs benq gp20?
On a decent preset (or even better with a simple calibration) their general image quality and brightness will be about equal.
The LG has better codec support for playing videos from storage or USB devices and has better 3D support but that only matters if you'll be using those features.

For a simply projector just playing from hdmi, they'll be pretty much indistinguishable. The LG still has the advantage of being cheaper, quieter, and tripod-mountable if needed. It also lets you keep the master color control (like most TVs) where the Benq usually blocks it during hdmi use for some reason.
Built-in Netflix, internet browsing, WiFi streaming/dlna and such is nice to have even just occasionally, and the projector still costs less..so they're essentially free.

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On a decent preset (or even better with a simple calibration) their general image quality and brightness will be about equal.
The LG has better codec support for playing videos from storage or USB devices and has better 3D support but that only matters if you'll be using those features.

For a simply projector just playing from hdmi, they'll be pretty much indistinguishable. The LG still has the advantage of being cheaper, quieter, and tripod-mountable if needed. It also lets you keep the master color control (like most TVs) where the Benq usually blocks it during hdmi use for some reason.
Built-in Netflix, internet browsing, WiFi streaming/dlna and such is nice to have even just occasionally, and the projector still costs less..so they're essentially free.


Thank you very much for the very informative views on booth projectors. It is truly helps me a lot on choosing between them, and maybe I'll go for PA77u for that matter.
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Own this pj for about week. Got it from US Amazon. Picture quality and smart features are great on 100' H.C. Grey screen in dark room. Really like to wach cinema from my NAS with DLNA via wi-fi.
Bad news that this pj supports only 4 regions: USA, Canada, Mexico and Other. If I choose Other when it's not possible to connect to LG Smart World and most on-line features of Smart TV are disabled. Also language support restricted to English, Spanish, French and Chinese. No Russian language support was bad news for my wife.
Another problem is tv tuner restrictions. Its scans signal only in supposed channel interval according US standart so I couldn't tune any local cable TV channel (I'm from Uzbekistan). And there is no manual fine tuning Does anyone knows how to solve this problem?
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Own this pj for about week. Got it from US Amazon. Picture quality and smart features are great on 100' H.C. Grey screen in dark room. Really like to wach cinema from my NAS with DLNA via wi-fi.
Bad news that this pj supports only 4 regions: USA, Canada, Mexico and Other. If I choose Other when it's not possible to connect to LG Smart World and most on-line features of Smart TV are disabled. Also language support restricted to English, Spanish, French and Chinese. No Russian language support was bad news for my wife.
Another problem is tv tuner restrictions. Its scans signal only in supposed channel interval according US standart so I couldn't tune any local cable TV channel (I'm from Uzbekistan). And there is no manual fine tuning Does anyone knows how to solve this problem?
I don't know if the projector supports the more generic lgtv feature set, but take a look at the service menus - your pa77u was probably shipped with the country group code set to '02' - US|CA|MX. Country group code '04', if available, may give you what you need.
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Does anyone know the regular way into the service-menu without using a special universal remote? Do most newer LG tv's use the same button sequence?

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How good is the Pa77u with regards to video quality? I am only using this pj for movies on 92" 16:9 projector screen in controlled light environment.

Anyone here tried to compare between pa77u vs benq gp20?
If you have been watching 16:9 on an SVGA projector then you have not been getting all the lumens it put out when watching 4:3 material. So a 16:9 native projector or WXGA will seem much brighter just because you will be using the full panel.

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Does anyone tried Luxcine Z2000SD? I saw thier video comparison with other led projector in youtube and it seems that the colors & contrast is great. I don't know if that guys have guts to compare with branded projectors like Lg Pa77U & BenQ Gp20.
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I've heard the luxcine's have pretty major focus problems and their prices aren't anything special considering they cost MORE than most other wxga LED projectors that are sold by major brands.

If you really want it for android, look at the cheaper and sharper Aaxa Showtime Android.
If you want an affordable LED for a lit room with wireless and Netflix +other online features without android (including a full flash-supporting browser), look at this LG pa77u.

If you want both, grab a $50 hdmi-out android box and plug it into the LG.

I don't have any comparison videos yet, but click on the link at the bottom ($250 theater build...) and scroll to the last post's video. That's the slightly older cousin to this pa77, the pa75u on a big screen with the room's lights on.

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Q: DVR Ready is greyed out in the Option 3 service menu; has any one figured out how to enable it?
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[QUOTE=Ftoast;27699441]I've heard the luxcine's have pretty major focus problems and their prices aren't anything special considering they cost MORE than most other wxga LED projectors that are sold by major brands.


I've also heared that before, but it seems that they have new upgraded version. The Z2000SD model, infact the video is so tempting & too good to be true. Here is the video.....
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how much are you selling for?
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how much are you selling for?

I am not a seller, in fact I don't know this brand & never heard this at all, until I was looking for a cheap led projector, and maybe I'm interested & out of curiosity, posted this video to asked someone who tested this pj & may share their opinion about the performance of the machine.

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Any feedback on 3D aspect of the PJ? I intend to buy one this memorial day sales offers
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Any feedback on 3D aspect of the PJ? I intend to buy one this memorial day sales offers
Because this pa77 is a slightly upgraded clone of the pa75, you can expect greatness for 3D. It's one of the smoothest, friendliest and most adjustable (if you want) 3D projectors around..and it includes a pretty decent 2D-3D converter which I've occasionally enjoyed.

The only weird problem I've encountered is the 3D YouTube videos work perfectly from the built-in app on the projector, but I can't seem to get YouTube 3D to work when using the computer connected to the projector.
I say it's weird because the computer recognizes it's connected to a 3D display and regular 3D content from the computer works fine..EVEN downloaded 3D YouTube videos work perfectly, just not actual streaming 3D from YouTube.

PS3 and other external players recognize and work well too. It switched right over to 3D when I popped in a 3D movie. The $12 universal DLPlink glasses synced up in 2seconds and everything was good to go.

I don't have trouble with it being too dark on medium brightness, but I was only using a 110" white screen.

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I noticed Sears, Kmart, overstock.com, tigerdirect, etc. are all selling pa77u refurbs, there must be something drastically wrong with this model to have so many up for sale.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=9732952
http://www.sears.com/lg-reconditione...p-05703963000P
http://www.overstock.com/Electronics...6/product.html
http://www.kmart.com/lg-reconditioned-wxga-3d-led-projector-with-smart/p-012V007291143000P
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I also wonder about all the refurbs. But I have a hunch its all the old PA75's re-badged or Refurbed and thrown back on the market. I ordered one (PA77) from KMART for 350. It works looks like I have a back yard projector for game nights.

Lets see how well it works!!
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I also wonder about all the refurbs. But I have a hunch its all the old PA75's re-badged or Refurbed and thrown back on the market. I ordered one (PA77) from KMART for 350. It works looks like I have a back yard projector for game nights.

Lets see how well it works!!
this is a great projector, I bought one when they first came out and used for about a year, sold it and bought a sony 4k tv, but with no 4k programming, beautiful picture but 55" is just too small. I ended up buying this model again refurbm from sears for 349 and it's not refurb, just a returned item, pristine untouched condition in the original resealed box. I was lucky to find a 92" da-lite perm-wall fixed screen with HC cinemavision material for 140, for the price, this projector can't be beat, you got a great deal man
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