Originally Posted by KillRob
Just got my new HD1000 yesterday! I only had about an hour last night to plug it in and make sure everything worked. But I thought I would share some initial impressions.
I am upgrading from an Optoma H27 which I have had for a little over a year. I love my H27, it's a great little unit but I have two issues with it.
The first issue is the screen door effect. I think I am overly sensitive to SDE. I sit 14 feet back from a 77.5 inch wide screen - that's almost 2.2x screen width and I still see SDE at times.
The second issue is overall brightness. This was the real biggie for me. I think for most people, brightness wouldn't be that much of an issue with the H27 but I happen to prefer a really bright image. And I have to deal with a lot of ambient light. Our viewing room is a family room with 3 large windows, a 6ft wide sliding glass door, and 2 big skylights! And the ceiling and two of the walls are bright glossy white. Not ideal for a home theater by any stretch.
For my budget I was looking at the Optoma HD70 and the HD1000. I decided on the HD1000 because it was said to be brighter in the best modes. And I was able to get it for $100 less than the HD70.
Based on reviews I read, I was expecting quite a jump in brightness going from the H27 to the HD1000. According to the pros the H27 puts out about 250-350 lumens in its best modes. The HD1000 is said to put out around 650 in its dimmest mode. I'm not sure what kind of lumens I have been getting from my H27. The lamp is new (about 100 hours) and I run it in high mode. I also have gamma at the highest setting and I have the RGB values (over component) pushed as high as I can stand while still getting a decent picture. Needless to say my whites are crushing and black level is poor at these settings. But as I said I REALLY like a bright image. And I much prefer higher shadow detail over darker blacks, but that's just me.
So I was all set to be blown away by the brightness of the HD1000. So what was my initial feeling after firing it up for the first time? I was disappointed. ???? But not for long thankfully!
For reference here is a bit about my setup:
Screen: 89 Do-Able DIY matte white ~1.0 gain
DVD Player: Sony DVD-NS70H upconverting player with HDMI
H27 connected via component 480p
HD1000 connected via HDMI 720p (upconverted by player)
I won't list all my current settings on the H27 (because I can't remember them all) except what I mentioned above. I didn't make any changes to the default settings in the HD1000 except to switch to low lamp mode.
The H27 is ceiling mounted and I placed the new HD1000 on a low table so both were shooting on the same screen. I used the screen blanking feature to shut off the H27's image so I could just see the HD1000 at first.
The first thing I did was put in the DVD Ever After. This one I felt was very dim on the H27. And this is where my initial disappointment came in. I was hoping that the Mits would make this dim movie look bright. It didn'tand at first it didn't seem that it was any brighter than it was on the H27. So I played with a few settings like moving gamma to video and bumping brightness a bit and it seemed better. But I was disappointed because it wasn't blowing me away with brightness like I had hoped. So I blanked the HD1000 and unblanked the H27. It takes a bit to switch over and so it was hard to compare the two. The HD1000 was indeed brighter for this movie, but not as bright as I wanted it. But maybe I wanted more than was there in the first place.
I switched back to the HD1000 and moved on to Finding Nemo. There are a few spots in this movie that seemed dim to me on the H27 and few places where the whites were crushed because of my settings. Things were looking better here. I still wasn't being blown away by the brightness but it looked good and the whites weren't crushed at all. And I noticed deeper blacks coupled with greater shadow detail in one scene as compared to what I remember on the H27 - though I didn't check it at the time.
I was running out of time and had to move on. Next I put in Fellowship of the Ring and went to a couple of scenes to check white crush and brightness. It all seemed pretty good but I still wasn't blown away.
Then I tried something. I swiveled the H27 in its ceiling mount so that it was only shooting on the left half of the screen. And I moved the HD1000 so it was on the right half. Now I could see both at the same time even though the images were very skewed.
Now it was time to be blown away!
Seeing them side-by-side the difference was dramatic. The contrast, black level, shadow detail, color rendering, and 3d look of the HD1000 was definitely better. I could easily see how my quest for brightness on the H27 had led me to a very poor image - at least compared to the HD1000.
The other very dramatic difference was screen door! I had been concentrating so much on the brightness that I didn't realize that I couldn't see the pixelsat all. Seeing them side by side really showed the difference a 720p panel makes compared to a 480p. I had to get about 4 feet from the screen before the pixels were obvious on the HD1000.
That was all I had time for last night but I'm thinking that I will be very happy with my upgrade. And this is with out of the box settings. We will see if I can improve things ever more after some fiddling. And I'll report back after actually watching some movies.