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post #1 of 13 Old 07-26-2017, 08:47 AM - Thread Starter
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Viewsonic PX800HD with a BCP120 Screen

I have investigated this combination for months, and was never able to find anyone that had posted, reviewed, or commented on the combination of these viewsonic products.

So after months of investigating individual reviews on the PX800HD itself, the BCP screen itself and DNP Supernova STW screen that it really is, I finally decided to put the combination together myself.

I have attached a couple of pictures for those who have been waiting for this combination as well. Ref: both pictures were taken in ECO bulb mode and the standard color setting.

This is the 4th projector I've owned, and some quick points of interest about this projector:

Good:

Excellent color depth

Great Contrast

Light level when combined with the BCP (DNP) screen is good to moderate ambient light as long as the content is not to dark (ie, good for TV (sitcom type) shows, not necessarily movies)

Squareness (a UST measure I just made up) is much better than I thought it would be. No keystone like adjustments were necessary.

Brightness uniformity, unnoticeable error.

Bad:

Light Halo effect. There is substantial haloing around the screen. I was able to defeat it by building the entertainment system you see in the picture and using flat black to kill it. If you do not do this in a dark setting you will see a light ring around your screen and up to the ceiling.

Fan does not run a cool down cycle on the bulb when shut off. My first projector (year 2002) did this and I went through bulbs like popcorn....... hope that's not the case hear

All in all (for the price) excellent projector, and an excellent combination with this screen. I think the BCP100 would actually be a perfect match as the 120" screen stretches the lumen output a bit to far for true ambient light viewing. But I'm coming from a 135" screen and was not willing to reduce anymore.
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Cool! Thanks for sharing. I remember reading about this projector on projectorcentral and found it to be an exciting product. What projector did you have before this one?

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Cool! Thanks for sharing. I remember reading about this projector on projectorcentral and found it to be an exciting product. What projector did you have before this one?
1st Infocus LP340 (SD)
2nd Infocus SP4805 (ED)
3rd Optoma HD80 (HD)
now Viewsonic PX800HD (UST)

This may seem like a museum of projector technology, but I fell in love with the DLP technology when it was first created, and have been building multi purpose theaters (for friends and family) ever since. All of my theaters are multipurpose rooms, that are designed for using the projector as the primary use of TV viewing. With the new UST/Lenticular technology, this is my first attempt at not having a "corner" tv for peak daylight viewing.
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@Marcad80 Very impressive!! Good clean look and really like the custom cutout in the top of the entertainment center to allow UST projector to be lower and allow screen to be placed symmetrically within your setup.

Well done sir.
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I really like what you did with the entertainment stand. Glad to see someone else here giving UST's some proper love.

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Made some modifications to the UST projector stand. Looks much better in the room.
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Did you build that console / stand that's holding the projector yourself? I really like the way that looks!

Could I get the dimensions for that - H / W / D?

Thanks!
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Did you build that console / stand that's holding the projector yourself? I really like the way that looks!

Could I get the dimensions for that - H / W / D?

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I did make it. The dimensions are 53x29x12. The 29" from the wall is a minimum, but the other two dimensions could be less. All of the ventilation is through the top. Inside channels route hot air out the top left and cool air in the top right. There is an IR hole in the front hidden by the metal art.
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Something that gets overlooked with this projector is replacement lamps are only $59. That really levels the playing field with LED and laser models. When combined with its low input lag that makes it the UST to beat IMO.
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Thank you so much for your thoughts and posting some pictures!

I've been tirelessly searching for any information about this projector and it seems like no one's really talking about it...

I see that it handles a lit environment quite well, but how good is the picture quality (mainly the black levels) when you turn all of the lights off?

I'm interested in getting my first projector and I'm pretty set on getting a UST projector since my situation throws out the possibility of a normal projector. My main use for it would be for serious movie watching with the lights off. I'm a bit worried that since it's a ~$1300 projector, the picture quality will be good, but not great. Would you say it's a good fit for serious movie watching in a dark environment? Have you experienced any noticeable rainbow effect? Also, would you say the halo effect is due to the projector, or the screen?

If not this projector, then I currently have my eyes set on the recently announced Epson LS100, although getting it and the BCP100 screen would be about double my initial budget, but I could see myself splurging for something REALLY good.
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The PX800HD for strictly movie watching......

Its contrast is very good, even at very dark ambient levels. The color saturation is great as well, as accompanied by the great contrast. Black levels, this is a very hard thing to measure because it is hard to find content that has native good black levels. You can judge with anything that was shot with film (no true black), and many of the digitally shot videos don't truely project the "absence of light" for black as well. But I've looked at it in a "video off" mode, which should represent the best the projector can get a killing all projected light.

The projector definitely does the best for black level of any projector I have ever owned or seen on display. But it still does produce light on the screen when projecting pure black. A hand close to the screen will still cast a shadow from a black projection. I believe this is the same "dirty" light that is creating the halo effect.

Overall the picture still looks really good in total dark, but it looks best when very low ambient light in the room (like a theater). I have a led light array build into black crown molding that allows complete light and color control of the room (see picture attached).

If you looking at getting a UST projector though, the greatest thing about this projector is its ability to maintain perfect "squareness". That characteristic is amazing for a UST. It fits the screen perfectly without digital adjustment, and the pixel size and brightness is perfectly matched at any projected light level I've witnessed.
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Thanks so much for the info! I'll have to think about it some more (mainly waiting on reviews / release date for the LS100), but you've definitely made me think that spending an extra ~$1.8k on the LS100 isn't really worth it. The main thing holding me back on splurging is that the LS100 isn't even faux-4k, so maybe I'll get PX800HD and upgrade in a couple of years rather than being stuck with something more expensive that I'll be less inclined on replacing so soon (and meanwhile missing out on 4k content when it gets more mainstream).
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I have bought a Viewsonic PX800HD and it projects a good image in medium ambient light (windows left side only), and excellent with controlled light, on a medium grey painted screen but I would like to improve it. Trying to find a comparitive review between the Viewsonic BCP100 screen built to match this PJ, and the Elite Screens CLR Starbright UST screen. Street prices are are around $1200 for BCP100 versus $900 for Elite CLR. I would really appreciate results of any side by side reviews or suggestions where to find such information. Elite sent me a 8 x 11' sample and it is a real improvement (both contrast and color depth) but Viewsonic will not send me a sample (say they do not have any). A sales rep says she is investigating sources of reviews but so far nothing. Any help or suggestions appreciated. Thanks.
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