Hi from a new (currently) HD65 owner!
I broke it in last night with a showing in a neighbors driveway. We stretched two king sheets (white) end to end over plywood to make a temporary screen approx the size of two single garage doors. (Neglected to measure it...)
Ambient light was two outdoor "sconce" type lights to either side of the screen, and a street light about 2 houses down. I'm not sure what this ultimately computes to, but it was fairly dark. The house next door had (for a time) those...is it sulfide lights? The ones you typically point upward from your flower beds...I didn't realize how bright they were until they went off!
We showed Speed Racer (more boring than I thought, but great visuals) and The Love Guru (funnier than I thought) (both 720p), to pretty happy reviews. The image quality on such a big area was pretty phenomenal.
Of course, I wouldn't be on this forum if I weren't a demanding user ;-) So, to me, and this my first projector, I felt it wasn't quite "powerful" enough of a picture. I.e. at times i found myself noticing the white of the sheets showing through the picture, and not seeing deep color like I wanted.
I understand that some of this may be due to ambient light, and/or the brightness (a combination)? Even when I tested it in the house, projecting on to a cream colored wall (textured) from about 11 ft back, I felt like it seemed a little washed out. My settings are just like Peter's menu screenshots somewhere in this thread.
So, I am considering a move to the HD71, for the following reasons:
- more lumens should equal more versatile viewing; although i find this an interesting one since some people in this thread say the HD65 is already too bright?
- quieter supposedly
- guitarman said it has a carrying case, but the specs and stores online don't say that (what's up with that anyway, every business projector comes with one!
Can anyone help with my conundrum? My normal viewing area will vary; i.e. im' not sure I'm going to design a room around this but might bring it out for certain occasions instead.
(Note in the picture below I used my camera's "night" mode so it looks a lot more illuminated than it actually was)