Jay5298, glad to hear that you are enjoying your pj. I have a subscription to HT Mag so I 've already read their review but haven't been to the Secrets site in quite a while so that review is new to me. Thanks for the links.
Originally Posted by rawise
Did you notice the issues from the beginning or did they develop over time?
I honestly can't say if it was there at the beginning. I didn't notice it at first as I only played a few BluRay and HD DVD discs and watched some cable programming. A friend had borrowed my Spears and Munsil disc and didn't return it until I had around 20 hours on the pj. When I got the disc back and began to set my brightness and contrast levels is when I first noticed it.
Hard to tell from the photos if the light/dark is split precisely down the middle -- if so you might check that you don't have the PIP Split Screen mode active. I understand that this applies User Memory 2 settings (those related to the image processor) to the left half of the image. While this could cause light/dark sides, I don't see how it'd be the source of the radial lines that you are seeing.
It's pretty close to being right down the middle. I'll check my PIP settings just to be sure but I have never touched any PIP settings and unless the default setting is active, it should be off. Even if it was on, I also don't see how it could cause the shaded radial lines.
When installing, I did have the same experience as you regarding the lens shift -- horizontal and vertical are not completely independent. Good thing is that the lens seems to remain stable once set.
It was a bit of a pain in the a.. but once it was set it hasn't moved at all.
I've only put on a few hours, but I'm extremely pleased with what I see thus far. Big improvement over my Samsung H710 in terms of sharpness, contrast, and black level.
I pretty much feel the same way but it would defintely have been more enjoyable if my mine didn't have the issues it does. Nothing takes the shine off of a new toy quicker than having a problem arise and having to send it in for service.
The only downside I see so far is a slight light leakage that appears on very dark scenes (mainly dark test patterns) where there is a dim ring of light that shows outside the projection area. It's not noticeable in most normal content, but it does stand out occasionally with dark images after the eye adjusts. I have a white wall behind my screen, so the light is more noticeable than it otherwise would be, although I never noticed anything similar with the Samsung.
That's one thing that I haven't seen with mine and all I can say is that it's time to paint that wall. You'll appreciate the difference it makes. Even more so if you paint the whole room.
Originally Posted by Bob Sorel
Cool! The less reflective surfaces anywhere in the room, the better, even though it never mattered in my particular installation.
Yeah, I was pretty happy to see the matte black finish myself.
Yup, I agree, the mechanism is sloppy, but even with the slop I got everything lined up perfectly in less than a half hour. It's no big deal anyway, as once it is done it stays lined up until you move the PJ.
Less than 30 minutes... That's because you go through so many pj's that you have mastered the art of installing them.
That's the way I ran mine also, though admittedly I would turn on BC and/or AC just for variety and to attempt to compensate for less than pristine transfers.
I'm sure I'll play around with BC and AC in the future just to see how it affects the image but for now I just haven't felt the need to.
Don't fret...even my RS-35 fails the hand puppet test miserably, just a shade less miserably than the LS-5...
Even though the black level could be better, I'm quite happy with it and will easily remain content for a few years.
Though I don't watch credits, my experience was the same. The only time I saw the iris in action out of 388 hours of viewing was during a switch from a 100% white field to a 0% black field test pattern (and similar other patterns). The DI was never an issue in any way during normal viewing.
I really don't forsee it ever being an issue for me either.
As expected. Bob Williams was the same lead engineer that developed both projectors...
I'll be curious to see what he's able to do with LED DLP tech about 3 years from now.
You DEFINITELY have a problem. My unit's shading was as perfect as I could expect and showed none of the artifacts you are seeing. What input are you using? If I remember correctly, Kris Deering had a similar looking problem with HDMI input 2 on his first unit.
I agree it's definitely a problem. Funny, the one thing I never worried about when getting a dlp pj was shading uniformity. It's on all inputs, the pj's internal test patterns and the Runco logo screen that comes up when you first turn on the pj.