Originally Posted by BuGsArEtAsTy
Yes, besides the fact it was handy at the time, it was one of the reasons I chose that movie to demo. Not only are the dark scenes dark, the bright scenes are very bright.
I wonder if I had my IRE settings incorrect though. The default for the 360 is Standard, which is IRE 7.5. I'll try IRE 0 (Expanded) to see if that looks better on the Panasonic. I think I had it on Intermediate and it looked OK but not stellar for blacks. (Note that I'm just viewing it on a painted wall at the moment, so take all these assessments with a grain of salt.)
IRE 0 (aka "Expanded") on the Xbox 360 via VGA makes a HUGE difference in quality of black levels in movies.
I haven't tested HDMI or component, but I'm guessing that the projector would use IRE 7.5 ("Standard") just fine. However, for VGA, blacks are simply too light if you give the projector an IRE 7.5 black input.
I guess that Panasonic has (appropriately) configured the PT-AX200U for computer input over VGA, and computer input would be IRE 0.
The other thing to test is to see how IRE 0 looks for games. Perhaps one might want to switch to IRE 0 for movies, but consider IRE 7.5 for dark games like Gears of War.
This is too much of a pain. Its easier to just use IRE 0 all the time, and then switch to Game mode on the projector to increase the light output for dark games. Games like Dead Or Alive 4 are fine in Cinema 1 mode though with my setup.
BTW, while "black" is much blacker now with the IRE 0 setting, dark shadow detail remains OK, but not stellar. But then again I wasn't expecting a CRT. I do own a CRT HDTV so I'm a bit spoiled - I judge all other TVs by that CRT's shadow detail. I do also have a Toshiba Regza LCD TV, and truthfully its shadow detail isn't much better than the Panasonic projector's in Cinema 1 mode, so overall I'm quite pleased with this projector.
Oh and while Game mode decreases lag time, I don't actually notice any lag in Cinema 1 mode, so obviously the amount of lag with this projector isn't huge to begin with. It certainly isn't the laggy mess of TVs from yesteryear.