I'm still enjoying my 500u but I'm getting itchy for a brighter, 1080p picture. I'd like to go mobile the the 500u and upgrade. What do you like in the up to $2500 range? The pj is ceiling mounted 14' with a 106 inch screen.
i'm still enjoying my ptl500 also. with only ~900 hours on it in 6 years (july 8, '04) it's still bright enough to hurt my eyes on bright scenes.
re new pjs in ~$2500 range (or any other price range), i haven't kept track of very many new pjs.
altho, mitsubishi pjs seem to be pretty popular and reliable. i may go with one of their 1080p jobs eventually.
in the meantime, i'm quite happy with the 500.
i also watch some movies on my LCD flat panel so it helps keep pj lamp hours down.
Eventually got my new lamp for my 500 ( after 3042 hrs on 1st lamp ) , and its nice and bright again !! BLuray movies Looking great with my PS3 !!!
we'll see if and when the itch starts ....
Congrats on new lamp! your 500 is just barely broken in, good for many more years.
i'm gonna try my 500 in an outdoor setting this weekend. some neighbors here have been doing an outdoor (kid-friendly) movie every other saturday night using a sanyo 4x3 business pj with a w'mart dvd player with only a composite cable video connection. that image onto a 10' screen. YUCK!
once i got wind of this 'party' i offered to use my 500 with one of my bdps for this weekend. most folks here haven't seen hi def anything, much less blu-ray.
i'd like to go with a kid-friendly sci-fi movie, maybe the new star trek, independence day, something like those...
awright! last night we brought the 500 outdoors, set it up with my sylvania bdp, an old 8' x 6' sheet duct-taped to the side of the house, and let 'er rip.
looked pretty good.
about 35 folks, mostly kids, showed up. one mom brought her microwave oven outside with us and made popcorn for all!
the evening was deemed a success even tho it got cold towards the end.
several folks remarked how much better an image the pan ptl500 (>dvi to hdmi adapter cable >bdp) put out compared to the sanyo 4x3 pj with composite video cable they'd been using.
oh, the movie was the 'new' 'star trek', blu-ray.
outdoor home theater is the way to go!
but as it's getting cold here in no. new england, we gots to wait til next spring/summer to do it again.
minor issue with my 500 ... since i changed the lamp .. I've noticed an intermittent horizontal line( video noise) that starts at the bottom of the screen and moves slowly upwards ! its annoying but the picture stays the same quality which is good ....
It also does not matter what the input is ..BLu ray , DVD , Sattelite,GAme .. same issue
I've checked all cables and even tried another receiver .. same problem
over the last week though the line had become more persistent ... last night i changed to high power mode and it seems to have disappeared ...... I;ve generally alway run on normal power before ..
I guess I could just stay on high power ... though would like to figure it out too ..
Anyway .. just wondering if anyone had any idea what might be the issue .???
Last month, I mounted my 300 on the wall vertically behind and just below the headboard of our bed. It's projecting about a 30" diag on the ceiling almost straight up. I ran component and audio rg-6 cables and I'm using the built-in speaker. The problem I have is the 300 doesn't have sleep timer on it.
Still enjoying my 300 that i purchased way back in '02 and personally, I think it kicks butt with blu-ray. No dust blobs, glitches, etc. I tell ya, they don't make 'em like they used to. I have about 1800 hours or so on mine.
recently moved to a veterans home (read 'nursing home')(i'm only 59! with C.O.P.D.) and haven't used my ptl500 in over four months.
fired it up last night here at the home with the sylvania bdp, looked good on screen; working on a small compact 2.0 sound system for use here at the 'home'. workable system should be up and running by tonight.
let there be movies in my (and others) lives once again!
running my 500 mostly fri and sat nights for me and my fellow vets here at the 'home'.
most of them retire by 7pm so there's not a big crowd up when it gets dark enuff to run the pj (~8:30 pm).
may try another room that has some sort of light control, etc so i can start movies around 6/7pm.
just bought two new hdmi to dvi cables (3' and 6') from monoprice.com for the pj as the ~7 yr old original one must have a break in it as it gives a huge green image if bent a certain way.
new ones seem to work ok.