Originally Posted by johnsmith808
I never knew a spec of dust could cost $2500! Just kidding.
I've never owned a pj for 1,600 hours. My record is 600 hours! Maybe because I never owned a RS1. Nah, I would still probably be itching for something new even with that. Like finding out about frame interpolation!
You probably don't know how annoying a stuck pixel could be. Especially when it is right smack in the middle of the picture
Well, thankfully there was no issue with the HD1.
As for usage, well I buy something to use. Not for babying
So the projector is used for games, movies and even regular TV/cable that my missus watches.
Anyway, finally picked up the AE3000 today. Had a bunch of family events to get to so didn't get around to messing with it till earlier.
Bear in mind, this is just out of the box without any calibration yet. Set to Cinema 1 as recommended (supposedly the Hollywood calibrated mode) and everything set at 0. Sharpness set to Min etc.
I am projecting a slightly smaller image than on the HD1, but based on what I have seen, my first impressions are correct.
Black levels are just not as low as on the HD1 (ie if I put my hand against the part of the image which is supposed to be black, will I cast a shadow, eg on the top/bottom borders of a 2.2:1 image on a 16:9 projector). But to be honest, in most scenes, you barely notice it.
Contrast levels are however, IMHO comparable.
But for some reason, the details seems to jump out at me a lot more. Not sure if it is cos I am projecting a slightly smaller image and have a brighter (newer) lamp (vs 1500 hours on my HD1) but seated at same distance as per normal, I seem to be making out more details on the AE3000! Watched the opening heist of The Dark Knight and I began noticing all the smudges and stains and creases on the clown mask worn by the robber who was getting rid of the security systems on the roof of the bank. I swear when I watched the scene on the HD1 earlier today (so I could test out the same scenes on the AE3000), the details just didn't jump out at me.
Frame Creation Modes. This is one of the reasons why I got the AE3000.
Mode 2: IMHO it made the human walking motion of some 24p material I had look a tad unnatural. Didn't like it much. Reminded me of similar scenes on a Samsung LCDTV I was testing not too long ago. Worked fine if a bit unreal on landscape/background pans.
Mode 1: It reduced a wee bit of judder but IMHO, the 24p judder was still apparent. I can't say it was significantly better than regular 24p on my HD1.
I think Frame Creation makes sense only on the big screen. I saw the same scenes where 24p was apparent on my 42" FullHD LCDTV (without any MoviePlus/Frame Creation modes) and it actually looked pretty smooth to me.
Color: when I was watching the opening heist in The Dark Knight on the HD1, and I saw the bank manager's face, I kept getting reminded of the "sunburnt" comments on skintones on the HD1 thread
but to be honest, the AE3000 in Cinema 1 mode looked pretty much the same. Greens are more muted than on the HD1 tho. Always thankful for that.
So overall, seems like a lateral move rather than an upgrade over the HD1.
Also, I finally caught the RS20 on demo. It was showing some demo scenery and the first thing that struck me was how good the greens looked. No more that overblown neon green, but also how smooth the overall image looked. Considering it is selling for the same price I paid for my HD1, this thing is amazing. Downsides, it is even longer than the HD1 so my current shelf just can't accomodate it