Originally Posted by stereowise
Thanks pheroy. It sounds like the projector does not require much space for the air vents. Has anyone else had any experience mounting theirs close to a back wall, or maybe in a bookshelf?
I don't remember seeing such when I was in the service menu (of the VPL-HW15) however most projectors have entries for current temperature, overheating, etc. Typically they log these occurrences. They might not tell you it's running on the hot side (without comparing your readings to someone else's) but it should alert you to any issues. Then again I'm presuming if it over heats it will automatically power itself off.
By the way my current sample has much better pixel alignment than the second and probably the first as well. It's better than one could hope for or expect. I use the pixel alignment pattern for comparison. I'm guessing Sony uses this utility to align the three colors across the screen as good as possible to start with? I have yet been able to improve upon the default settings when you take the entire image into consideration. Of course I can clean-up one area but the price you pay elsewhere is always too high.
Regarding sells I think price is a big factor. But even if it was at 2k I think it wouldn't compete successfully with the LCD and DLP units. For starters Sony so far has only made their fancy
features available on their high-end projectors. Add in SXRD's lack of pixel structure which for many equal a soft image and there aren't any real reasons to purchase one and there are one or more reasons not to purchase one.
I have recently tried the Epson 8500UB and BenQ W6000 along with the VPL-HW15. The Epson convergence was way worse than the Sony and color uniformity across the image was really bad. The BenQ's menu text looked super sharp but when I looked at one pixel wide white lines across the image the chromatic aberration caused the image to be out of focus rather badly. However even the out of focus image appeared sharp.
Now I am using a little vertical and a decent amount of horizontal lens shift which might foster these issues to some degree and I have tried at least two samples of each.
For me the first stop was the Epson and then the BenQ and only when I gave up on them did I consider the Sony. So far it appears not to have issues I can't live with which I can't say about the others. Also I was looking for a projector with less audible noise and a pixel free (smooth) image if I went with a slightly larger screen and it serves both of these rather nicely.