My Goodness, such a hotbed!
I've almost completed a HT with a X1 that shoots a 102' diagonal image onto the wall. (painted...natch.) The original plans were for no larger than a 88" image at 800x600 native to assure "myself' that I would not be compromising "my" standards; standards acquired by installing 20-HDs, a slightly more expensive PJ that the X1. 1100 Lumens scared the heck out of me because I wanted to maintain my Painted Screen ethic. 2000:1 Contrast ratio tickeld the heck out of me, promising a much lighter hue of paint. 3000 hours on a Bulb, and guarrenteed upgradability, AND 2 extra years warrantee free, AND 100.00 rebate, well....I thought thoughts usually reserved for private moments. Warm and Fuzzy comes to mind.
But still I was skeptical enough to worry. I fired up the PJ and centered the image on my screen's perimeters. Closed the Drapes. Put a 480i signal from a lowly Sony DVD into the Component / S-Video Breakout and let the Farouda take charge.
wow. (...no hype there...)
At 13' back, the image was virtually flawless and in league with PJs costing 3X it's price. And soooooo much bigger than even a Mitsubishi 73" er For $1450.00 it was Stupendous, and a sheer delight to watch, and to start to consider all the ordinary people who now had the chance to join in on our parade. Hey! I could make some money, and make some ordinary folks estatic at the same time.
Ahhhh...., but there are those out there who are resentful that such joy could come so easy to so many, and so affordably, after their own sacrifices. (..spent too much...) Come on, we all know that's a big reason for all the venom. Others cannot fathom the mysteries that lay at the root cause of why a company would market such a product with broad appeal. So they must trash it, and condem it for it's few flaws instead of examining it's virtues also.
Some of the most stanchest distractors of affordable Video say that 1 in 3 people will see rainbow effect.
Even with a 2 speed color wheel, I take serious issue with the 1 in 3 statistic. Many variables go into making Rainbows become visable. Color wheel speed, program content, Luminosity, Picture size, the quality and frequency of the scanning used. Take the current install for instance. I see the effect because I'm a little defective myself.....vision wise. But with one eye closed, it's gone completely. Yeah, I know you can't ask a guest to make like Popeye, but so far, even with my having made issue about rainbows with the Client both before and after their current size image installation, neither he or any of the over 10 people or so that have watched a DVD presentation has remarked about it. There goes that 1 in 3 statistic. To quote a recent Post on this Thread..."Wadday want fer nuthin'? Apparently to some, no chance of seeing a Rainbow, period. The Z1 (SE Matinee HD) can deliver that desire. But only at 700 Lumens & 900:1 contrast ratio, it's " Kiss you Sister" time in my book, and I sell the darn things.
The Rainbow issue chafes some people so much they feel compelled to press thier disgruntlement on everybody. But hey, SDE (screen door effect) creates the same, if not an even worse reaction. It's almost funny, 'cept is really kinda sad that some folks can only focus (...a pun?) on a specific PJ's weaknesses instead of it's strong points. You'll find just as many people out there who state that having NO SDE is much better than seeing an occasional band of color flash before them, and a bunch that will say they don't mind a dimmer image as long as they have deep contrast levels. These are the DLP advocates, and they are Legion. But try telling that to a Panny 400Q owner and he'll spit in your one good eye.
Straight talk....ya can't pay pennies for a PJ and get the same performance out of it as one that cost dollars. Expectations must come into line with budgetary restraints. Yes, I know that's not in keeping with the idea of getting something for almost nothing, but lemme tell you, paying $1500.00 for a 90" diagonal picture comes pretty darn close.
So what to do, all you fence sitters? First, decide just how "entry level" you want to be, and dismiss the naysayers. Be happy with the choice you make based on your own knowledge of what you expect and don't expect, and your budget restraints. And give every guest a Eye Patch.
Back to the SDE issue, and the Z1. Guess what? If you push an image by a LCD, even a pricey one, any bigger than 92" and sit closer than 8' to 10', you'll have some ingrate remark about the grid of little squares he can see. Why? because some people have eyes (...and brains)that are just better wired than others. Or are more deficent than others. The Moral? Please yourself, not others. If someone critizises your Theater's set up, don't invite them back. Buy what you can afford, or spend more than you planned to get the security of knowing you won't suffer the barbs coming from "friends" that probably don't even have a system 1/10th as nice as yours.
The X1 can deliver great results for less. period. Maybe not the best results, but with 1080i it's breathtaking. Why do I degress? Because when the Client first saw my raw 800X600 Native resolution image, he asked me oh, so sweetly , to keep it a Native but move the Ceiling mount back another 3' to 15' from the wall Screen. Oh boy. Now what. I reluctantly complied and BAM! A near perfect 88' Native image. No Zoom.
I just had to do it. I brought the Zoom to full out. Big Badda Boom!!!
A 102" diagonal image that at 14' sitting distance was EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS A 20-HD....with far better contrast. Ulp. And for $3K+ less
Heresy! Blasphemy! Witch craft! Naw...just a great deal of entertainment value for the money spent. Nothing like it. I'll never build in another huge RPTV to create a "flat wall screen" look if light can be controlled.
Yes, without 2200 lumens, some of the splended detail I was used to at 100+" was missing. Yes, to get a truely good image, ambient light had to be down to - 90%. And YES.....If i moved my head side to side, glanced sideways, and stood up and walked around, the old rainbows came dancing along. But no one, I mean no one else has commented about them, and the Client thinks I'm an a miracle worker.
Yeah, it's a long reply but i've been absent for a spell.
Got a ticket Toronto to attend the Great Canuck PJ Shootout, (...se Mandarax's thread) and the X1 will get plenty of scrutiny. But so will about 11 other $5000.00 and under PJs as well. But wouldn't you know it, the X1 will have few peers with comparable specs at it's price point to compare with. go figure.