Originally Posted by attichometheater
Im so frustrated with my purchase so far. I just cant get this unit to project the picture quality everyone is talking about. [...] Maybe its my screen? Its a 100" white screen with I believe is 1 gain and a black velvet boarder and Im sitting 10'6" from the screen in a dedicated theater. Should I get a grey screen? The image just doesnt look sharp fuzzy edges, no pop and the fluctuation from light to dark is pathetic even with a lower iris setting. What to do? Help:confused:
This sound familiar to me back when I was starting my optoma journey. First HD23 was too bright, washing out all the colors making impossible to setup contrast on minimum acceptable level. Second HD33 had flawed lens so picture had messed up geometry with barrel/pinch distortion. Third PJ - HD33 as well had same optics problem, on the top of that I got a fan error after just 7 hours of operation. Finally I ended up with Hd8300 and this puppy made my jaw drop finally. Not sure if optics is same as on hd8600 model but I get super sharp, clear crisp picture. I used Projecta 106 inch screen matte white with gain 1.0, PJ is 140 inches away from screen. 2D are stunning in Cinema 2 mode, blacks are more than I could expect with all reflected light from my white ceiling and colors and skin tone just make me think about going to the beach to get some more sun tan... I wish.
With all my past frustrations regarding the black level and inability to adjust contrast and brightness levels to desired , I thought about messing up my room and replace already installed screen. But I somehow knew, both earlier pj's might be too bright for the job so gray screen could be a solution. Instead I got hd8300 and it solves all my problems. Maybe because it has iris, maybe also because it has lower lumens lamp output. One way or the other, if your 8600 is too bright you may be experiencing exactly same thing I was. With your setup it would be wise to make sure your screen is indeed 1.0 gain.