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post #691 of 773
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Originally Posted by mark haflich View Post

You are always covered with a Runco or Planar. They have an advanced replacement policy.

How long does this process normally take?
post #692 of 773
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Originally Posted by rboster View Post

I had my first issue with my Planar 8150 this weekend. My wife and I were watching "Nine" and 45 minutes into the film, the image turned to black. I looked up to see what I think was alternate red and green flashing...but it seemed to turn into just red flashing. The projector fan stayed in cool down mode. After about five minutes, I tried turning off the projector completely, but it wouldn't turn off either by remote or manual. I unplugged the unit and waited another 5 mins or so. I turned the projector back on and it played fine for 90 mins until we were done using it. I watched another 2 hours on Sunday and no issues.

I reviewed the manual and depending on the flashing all red or alternative red/green...it would either be an overheating situation (projector is suspended and neither air way is impeded) or a bulb burning out situation (the door could be ajar...but I've not touched it since owning the projector). I ran a search and couldn't find any other members reporting a similar issue. What say you AVS community? Since I bought this from AVS-I know I'm covered.

Thanks for any help!

Ron

PS: The one and only original bulb has less than 950 hours total (econ. mode).

I don't have an 8150, but I actually had the exact same issue with my W6000, strangely. Image instantly black, flashing red light, no remote response for power off. I've only seen it once- so after a cool down and unplug/shutdown, it's yet to reappear.

I wonder if it's a heat issue.
post #693 of 773
Your dealer will arrange things. Ask it. What it means if the mother fails, you get a replacement projector so you are not in the dark while the machine is being repaired. There are variations depending on when the failure arose. DOA. Within warranty period, early middle toward end. Call your dealer have it arrange things foir you.
post #694 of 773
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Originally Posted by LilGator View Post

I wonder if it's a heat issue.

That was my thought too. I've run the projector that last two nights for a couple hours both nights without issue. My post was more in attempt to determine if this was a recognized issue with some units. Since I couldn't find anyone else mentioning (a similar problem), in other threads. I assume my issue is either an abnormal occurance (which will need to be repaired) relative to all Planars or it's a gremlin, which may not show up again.
post #695 of 773
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Originally Posted by mark haflich View Post

Your dealer will arrange things. Ask it. Call your dealer have it arrange things foir you.

My dealer is AVS. I spoke with Jason about my LS-5 last Wednesday afternoon and sent some screenshots he requested later that night. I called back on Friday to verify that he got them and he said they had never seen an issue like my pj had and were waiting to hear back from their Runco rep.

Well, a week has gone by and I haven't heard anything. I'm pretty surprised that Runco takes this long getting back to one of their largest dealers regarding a warranty repair. Looks like I'll have to call Jason back on Monday to find out what's going on.

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What it means if the mother fails, you get a replacement projector so you are not in the dark while the machine is being repaired. There are variations depending on when the failure arose. DOA. Within warranty period, early middle toward end.

I've had the pj for 3 months and only have 77 hours on it.
post #696 of 773
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Originally Posted by smithfarmer View Post

My dealer is AVS. I spoke with Jason about my LS-5 last Wednesday afternoon and sent some screenshots he requested later that night. I called back on Friday to verify that he got them and he said they had never seen an issue like my pj had and were waiting to hear back from their Runco rep.

Well, a week has gone by and I haven't heard anything. I'm pretty surprised that Runco takes this long getting back to one of their largest dealers regarding a warranty repair. Looks like I'll have to call Jason back on Monday to find out what's going on.



I've had the pj for 3 months and only have 77 hours on it.

Any update on your situation? I hope it got straightened out for you
post #697 of 773
I was just getting ready to post an update.

I spoke with Jason last Wednesday and he said Runco had determined that there was a light type problem. Sounded strange and I don't think Jason understood exactly what they meant by that either. Didn't really matter though, he said Runco was going to send me a brand new pj.

When I inquired further, he said they will usually send you a brand new one during the first year. I thought that was pretty cool as I didn't have to wait for my old one to come back from a repair facility and then do another swap. Much less of a hassle doing it this way. Once and done.

On Sunday I got an email from him saying that the pj has shipped and should be here Friday. Unfortunately it was shipped to my old office which has recently closed. I just sent him an email to have it redirected to my home address. Hopefully it still gets here by Friday where the long weekend will give me plenty of time to swap it out and see how the new one does.
post #698 of 773
Glad things are working out. AVS and Jason are good folks and take care of their customers.
post #699 of 773
Alright, got something I've been wondering about, is focus "drift" normal, and if so, how much?
post #700 of 773
Specific to the Planar? When one changes iris settings on various machines, sometimes it will change the focus very slightly. never a bad idea to check the focus and reset it from time to time as needed.
post #701 of 773
Anyone know how to access the Main Menu and Advaned menu features. Mine are inaccessible thought I've gone through the manual I cannot figure why. Can't save user presets or anything right now.
post #702 of 773
It sounds like you have one of the ISF Memory settings activated. This grays out many settings on Main and Advanced pages.

Go to Menu > Memory > Recall Memory and select User-1 or User-2 and that should free up your Menu and Advanced Menu options.

Rick
post #703 of 773
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Originally Posted by ender21 View Post

It sounds like you have one of the ISF Memory settings activated. This grays out many settings on Main and Advanced pages.

Go to Menu > Memory > Recall Memory and select User-1 or User-2 and that should free up your Menu and Advanced Menu options.

Rick

Thanks... I ended up figuring out that it was my Onkyo 885 passing colorspace through HDMI. Once I shut that off everything was fine. I have the projector and blue-ray player set to auto. Not sure if this is the ideal color space, but things are much better than they were.
post #704 of 773
From WSR review of Runco LS- semi-clone of PD8150:
To get visibly higher image quality than offered by the LS-5, be prepared to spend four to five times its retail price [$6995]. Spot on colorimetry, ruler flat gray scale, high quality optics, and every 'tweak' necessary for an ultimate calibration, and all for less than we paid for a decent flat panel last year, yiieds a new high watermark for both performance and vaue...it does seem like a non-sequitur, doesn't it!"

$7000x4=$28,000; $7000x5=$35,000. Any suggestions in that price range?
post #705 of 773
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Originally Posted by Robert Whitehead View Post

From WSR review of Runco LS- semi-clone of PD8150:
To get visibly higher image quality than offered by the LS-5, be prepared to spend four to five times its retail price [$6995]. Spot on colorimetry, ruler flat gray scale, high quality optics, and every 'tweak' necessary for an ultimate calibration, and all for less than we paid for a decent flat panel last year, yiieds a new high watermark for both performance and vaue...it does seem like a non-sequitur, doesn't it!"

$7000x4=$28,000; $7000x5=$35,000. Any suggestions in that price range?

What are the differences between LS-5 and PD8150. I wonder if they'd offer an upgrade kit. Thought I am extremely happy with mine right now.
post #706 of 773
Thought it was decided there weren't any meaningful differences.
post #707 of 773
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Originally Posted by stanger89 View Post

Thought it was decided there weren't any meaningful differences.

That's what I heard , also.
post #708 of 773
There was some discussion at some point about whether or not they might have done some tweaks to the firmware, the video processor, but I don't recall anything definitive.
post #709 of 773
The menu names were changed. The biggest change is the video processor. The Planar used Pixelworks; the Runco uses its own in house unit. However, in various reviews, ther performed identically.
post #710 of 773
I thought the Planar had a Genum VXP, or did they just use that for deinterlacing?
post #711 of 773
You're right. My mistake. Sooy. (61 yrs. old; mind going)
post #712 of 773
There's enough machines floating around it's hard to keep track of them all
post #713 of 773
I've been having a issue with my Pioneer BD-51FD, Onkyo 885 and Planar 8150. The issue started happening after a few firmware updates to the pioneer and onkyo. I've been through hell and back trying to solve the issue and seem to have narrowed it down to color space and color space passthrough.

If I set the Onkyo 885 to passthrough and the Pio and Planar to auto, I can't play DVD's. If I set passthrough to off I get red spots on any blu-ray movie. My answer was to set it to passthrough on the Onkyo, Auto on the Planar and then to a specific colorspace on the pioneer.

My question is, since I have to set it to something, which color space on the pioneer is best?
Color Space Options:
  • RGB 0-255
  • RGB 16-235
  • YPbCr 4:4:4
  • YPbCr 4:2:2

I currently have it set to 4:2:2 and everything seems fine, but I honestly do not have a clue which one is the best to use. I've read different forums and have seen different answers. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Peter
post #714 of 773
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Originally Posted by pgwalsh View Post

I've been having a issue with my Pioneer BD-51FD, Onkyo 885 and Planar 8150. The issue started happening after a few firmware updates to the pioneer and onkyo. I've been through hell and back trying to solve the issue and seem to have narrowed it down to color space and color space passthrough.

If I set the Onkyo 885 to passthrough and the Pio and Planar to auto, I can't play DVD's. If I set passthrough to off I get red spots on any blu-ray movie. My answer was to set it to passthrough on the Onkyo, Auto on the Planar and then to a specific colorspace on the pioneer.

My question is, since I have to set it to something, which color space on the pioneer is best?
Color Space Options:
  • RGB 0-255
  • RGB 16-235
  • YPbCr 4:4:4
  • YPbCr 4:2:2

I currently have it set to 4:2:2 and everything seems fine, but I honestly do not have a clue which one is the best to use. I've read different forums and have seen different answers. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Peter

Start here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...6#post16820716

and read down. It seems that YCbCr 4:4:4 is the one to use.
post #715 of 773
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Originally Posted by mrlittlejeans View Post

Start here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...6#post16820716

and read down. It seems that YCbCr 4:4:4 is the one to use.

Thanks! Interesting thread, especially about the part where Planar suggested 4:4:4. Will try 4:4:4 with the Pioneer and see if I can tell a difference with that and 4:2:2, which I doubt. I have the oppo on another set and might a/b.
post #716 of 773
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Originally Posted by Robert Whitehead View Post

From WSR review of Runco LS- semi-clone of PD8150:
To get visibly higher image quality than offered by the LS-5, be prepared to spend four to five times its retail price [$6995]. Spot on colorimetry, ruler flat gray scale, high quality optics, and every 'tweak' necessary for an ultimate calibration, and all for less than we paid for a decent flat panel last year, yiieds a new high watermark for both performance and vaue...it does seem like a non-sequitur, doesn't it!"

$7000x4=$28,000; $7000x5=$35,000. Any suggestions in that price range?

I have had my PD8150 for a year now....freaking amazing pj for the money. One of the best purchases I have ever made.
post #717 of 773
11 happy months here.
post #718 of 773
Had my 8150 for over 500 hours now, and still looks stunning! Just hosted my first "Macho Movie Night" playing "Inglourious Basterds" and everyone was blown away. What a great privilege to be able to build and show off your own movie theater!
post #719 of 773
Is there also a Planar version of the LS-100d. This 1080P LED Ultra Short Throw, looks like something that came out the Planar works, except for the 1080P perhaps?

post #720 of 773
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Originally Posted by donaldk View Post

Is there also a Planar version of the LS-100d. This 1080P LED Ultra Short Throw, looks like something that came out the Planar works, except for the 1080P perhaps?


I think they've stopped production of home theater projectors under the Planar name. They have some business models out there but the last ones under the Planar name were the PD8150/30.
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