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Aaxa P300: screenshots

I've had the P300 for a while, but because it isn't my sole PJ it's been getting a bit of the "back burner" at times. I recently switched back to it for netflix duty and I keep underestimating how nice it looks when directed at a modest (110") white screen in the dark. I decided in my re-obsessed mindstate that taking a bunch of pictures would be fun..so.. Commence picture dump!


How could anyone not enjoy something the size of a sandwich putting out images this nice at 4X the size of a TV while costing less than some projectors' replacement lamps? It deserves more love.
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I will warn that its default settings look pretty bad. The good news is it takes about 15seconds to fix that. The P300 has Brightness, Contrast, Color, Sharpness controls that can be used with most inputs including HDMI and USB (a Tint control is also added for RCA/composite source). There is also a single-point white-balance that is of use in limited amounts (found out it's nice to have for warming up B&W film).

For my particular unit, Brightness looks best around 51-53, Contrast around 47-50, color at 30-35, and sharpness 25. I tend to leave WB at default medium (50/50/50) which is a touch warmer than D65 I believe, but the PJ pulls it off well. You can get away with a little cranking on the contrast/color/sharpness for a few more limited range programs for a punchier image, but these more subdued settings allow for a very natural looking, simple, plug'n'play experience without any annoying clipping or obvious banding.

There's a typical caveat that settings that are dead-on for one device will likely not be perfect for another (even if they are the same model), but these numbers are both fairly loose AND a long ways off from the defaults, so they are still apt to be a lot better than the presets.

The attached patterns can be saved and played directly from a USB thumbdrive or microSD card and used to test clipping for:
Brightness (black bar)
Contrast (white bar)
Color (three RGB rectangles)
as well as
Sharpness halos (grey squares with black shapes inside)
Rough greyscale uniformity (20 segment bar)
Color anomalies (RGBW transition circle)

Setting from using pictures direct from usb/sd on the p300 will also give solid results for the hdmi-input and VGA, while giving passable results for RCA.
Questions are welcome.
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I saw that The Fifth Element is on netflix and decided to give that a try. It's only working on my PC at StandardDefinition, but the P300 scales well and my personal copy is on VHS. Instead of pausing the video (like I probably should have) I just let it play, took about 50 pictures, then deleted the really blurry ones (which got rid of 80%). For SD netflix it looks alright.





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Did the forum make the first post go "POOF"? That's worrisome.
Ooh it's back, fixed already in the same day. Nice work fixer folks!

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That's weird. I read all of your posts related to LED projectors because I find them to be interesting and informative. I sure didn't see anything wrong with your post that disappeared.
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Wow, thanks for the kind words. I mentioned the problem in the "needs to be fixed" thread and was told another user reported a similar problem today and they're looking into it. Hopefully they'll reappear (other folks' too), but what a strange thing.
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Here are some examples of how the P300 performs in less-than-favorable situations and somewhat extreme sizes.

I've mentioned before that this room is a good worst-case scenario with its white walls, plentiful mirror-backed cabinets, and generous surround of windows (that are often not curtained because..I have no excuse really, there's simply no good reason not to have curtains on these windows). So here are some pictures that both show how lousy this room really is AND the little P300 trying to overfill a 99"-WIDE image (16:9 diagonal is around 115") with 130-140 lumens while powered by an outlet.



It's probably worth mentioning that this rebel fighter scene was part of a very long video with a collection of music and movie (mostly animated) clips that I was letting play for a bit of background music and in such a casual setting the video was surprisingly adequate..though I'd never suggest any real movie viewing or anything that requires actual attention under these horrible light conditions. So.. yeah, it was music and occasional video while reading and half paying attention, and it was completely pleasant for this purpose.


Here is the 12foot wide parklandplastic screen getting overfilled to fill its 8foot height (around a 190"-195 16:9 image). The P300 is powered by its internal battery in this shot and outputting around 90-99lumens.
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I saw that The Fifth Element is on netflix and decided to give that a try. It's only available in StandardDefinition, but the P300 scales well and my personal copy is on VHS. Instead of pausing the video (like I probably should have) I just let it play, took about 50 pictures, then deleted the really blurry ones (which got rid of 80%). For SD netflix it looks alright.
The Fifth Element on Netflix is 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus sound. The fact that you are seeing it only in SD is due to the equipment you're using to stream the video.

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The Fifth Element on Netflix is 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus sound. The fact that you are seeing it only in SD is due to the equipment you're using to stream the video.
Hmm. I know it lets me select HD allow for other films and my PC thinks it is feeding a 1080 display, so it must've been a Netflix hiccup day. I've had movies do odd things before on Netflix where they've behaved previously and I'd doublechecked that it wasn't a PC related problem. I'll have to look again, maybe move my tired router closer as well just in case..thanks for the heads-up.
At any rate, during those pictures it was locked in standard definition play.
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I finally shot some video of the p300 both in the dark and with lights on (an 800lumen bulb facing the screen and two dimmer LED spotlights facing away). The screen is currently 98inches wide (about 112" 16:9) and reflecting ~4ftL.



This last version is with the ceiling-lights rotated so the brightest light is facing away from the screen and down toward the seating instead (more realistic scenario, more useful) and the dim LED spotlights are off.


It's crazy how much better it looks (even such a low-lumen projector) after a little "light control".
Ironically, a light-rejecting screen would do nothing for this situation because the light is overhead plus farther back in the room (over the seats) and hits the screen at the perfect angle to wash-out a light-rejecting screen!

Simple <$250 dedicated black-fabric theater room, build in a day, takedown in an hour.
Easy $25-40 DIY black/dark-grey ambient-light rejecting screen, grab two things from a local store..mix..roll..done.

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