Re the edge enhancement, I think you are right. And now I understand that's pretty standard. The purist in me felt bad about keeping the contrast up high with the distorted pixels, but I got over it.
I wrote a quick article on my impressions of using CalMAN 5 with a pattern generator and colorimeter to tweak my projector (an Optoma HD23). I'm a bit of a newb with this stuff, and I hope I don't make anybody's eyes roll.
Comments and questions welcome.
I see the processing equipment's value. Yet, it's really tantalizing to DIY it. Especially, when I've got 3 Optomas over here and they display a simple grid outline for a test pattern. The first thing I'd try is stacking them flat on top of each other and just using vertical shift, and hopefully that would be enough to sync. If none of the projectors need to be tilted at an angle, then the synchronizing of pixels should be pretty easy. If you've got to tilt one, then...
Not snarking on the first post, but couldn't you manage the stacking setup with an ordinary $25 HDMI splitter? (And also a bunch of fiddling with keystone and vertical shift to get the images to match up.) What is the difference between using an Airflex or a cheap HDMI splitter?
I feel kind of dumb, but right after I asked the question, I found a solution...
I got a cardboard tube and poked the remote through one end. Then aimed the other end at the projector I wanted to control. Basically, I made an infra-red gun. Seems to work okay, although a bit awkward.
I have three ceiling-mounted Optoma HD23 projectors in the same room. They are arranged such that each is about 10-15 feet away from the other two. One remote will turn on all of them with one click. But sometimes I don't want all of them on, and only want one on. I've tried standing at different places, and it seems I can't turn on one without the other two also turning on. And same thing for turning them off. The projectors are 12 feet off the ground and it is...
Wayne, also thanks in particular to the "night" tip. It was called "nighttime" in the maze of menus from the receiver, and I'm sure you saved me a half hour of futzing. Got it switched on now to subdue the high volume moments. And all the bass taken out. Kind of sad, actually. I have "eunuch" setup now. But there's always the headphones.
Much thanks for all the advice. I am not so much into the headphones as it offends my sense of lounging, and you gotta pass them out to other occupants, who may feel the same.
I think that 90% of my woes were fixed by putting the speakers up at ear level and moving them right next to the couch.
I am still trying to get the f@!*ing receiver to compress the audio. There is a "nighttime" mode but it is disabled for some reason. I'm sure I will blunder through.
D, thanks for the response.
I read what you said, and one reaction I had was just that it would be tremendously expensive and complicated to lower noise in the room. It's a creaking 1904 industrial warehouse with clanking radiators and mystery noises from rooms I'll never set foot in. But I just turned the music off and it occurred to me that there is one very loud thing that I can deal with--the frigging XBox fan. Yeah, I had been meaning to replace the fan with a quieter...