This is a quick review of my new ae900u. I do want to say that this forum is really great and has taught me a whole lot. Could have used a glossary at first on the language that you all talk but a very helpful site. This is my first HT so please feel free to educate me on how I did. Ok, just a little background on myself, Computer Network WAN and Backbone Engineer however, none of which I have used for HTX, except for Cat6 for running runners through the ceiling so bare with me. I haven't gone through the receipts yet (don't want to know) but I will guess around the price for each. I do want to thank my friend Paul who is pictured in my attic (who says it doesn't snow in Florida) Please contact me if you would like details on anything I mention.
Projector Mount ($40) - Bolted a flange in the joists up in the ceiling to a threaded pipe to another flange to a clear plastic sheet with rubber washers that the PJ is mounted to.
What a pain that waslooks simple but for those who have been there you know what I mean. With gas prices where they are I was making a thousands trips to home depot for everythingseeing the same faces wondering what the hell I was creating. Anyway I ran my power cable to a ceiling light and disabled the light switch and make the circuit hot. Ran the 25 feet of component cable and two runners for future cables.
Screen ($60) - DIY blackout material fabric stretched onto a sheet of plywood to a 2X3's and 2X7's to keep the screen flat so there was no bowing.
I don't trust those drywall bolts or screws so I was not going to hang a 50 pound screen onto a wall and have it fall so I screwed into the studs with two screws and then hung it up like a picture with wire. You will see why later. Plus I added a piece of carpet padding on the bottom so there was a spacer and cushion for the screen to rest on. I made the additional wood supports in red and the mounting screws and wire in green for the picture. I still need to add masking but still figuring out which on which easiest and lightest way to make an adjustable masking. Still working on that.
Speakers ($3000) - Now this was fun for me b/c I do enjoy music. I used to do all that speaker building back in the day with car audio so this time I just made it for the home. And yes that box with the 4 JL Audio 13W1v2-8 s makes movies COME ALIVE! Now you see why I need to cushion the screen along with rubber mounts onto the projector. The center and fronts are JBL and the 6 surrounds are polks (4 in the back and 2 presence on the front wall).
AV Equipment ($4000) - Panasonic PT AE900U, Onkyo DV-CP701 DVD player, Adcom 555 MII amp for the subs and a Yamaha HTR-5760 which if anyone has I have tried to troubleshoot a DTS ES 6.1 Discrete issue with chapter two of Rush Hour 2. The audio skips throughout the whole movie but only with Discrete not with any of the other audio formats.
Ok, with all of that out of the way back to the AE900U. I have it 9 feet from lens to screen projecting a 45X80 Widescreen format. The lens is zoomed all the way out to make the image at that size. I do see a slight dimming in picture as if I was to zoom to the smallest picture it is much more brighter. First row of seating is 14 feet. When I start the projector I get two clicks from inside the unit (?normal?) then the splash screen. I was limited at the time b/c those darn component cables are so expensive so what I did was to use the wide/zoom feature along with the vertical lens knob to compensate. I do know I am probably losing some quality but that was the trade off at the time of installation. And when you get started with this project you just want it to end as quickly as possible. I do enjoy how simple it was to set up. Straight forward commands however, I do have some questions on how to set it up.
I did buy that Sound & Vision setup DVD. I feel that it was WAY to simplistic and I would need another detailed DVD. It does mention if you sit thought the presentation that the DVD is not recommended for PJ's and just use it for CRT's and rear projection LCD's. Don't know why but that is what they said. I did used it and did a minor tweak here and there to preference.
About picture qualityI do see screen door effect however, I don't know what vertical banding looks like so I can't tell. I am not sure if this is normal but any of the DVD's that I play show on the menu as 480i.
Other than that so far with 20 hours on the lamp, I am very pleased with the purchase now let me hear from you.