Originally Posted by Pete
If the store was showing you this out of the box without any set up other than sizing and focus, you missed out. At the very least...it should be set to D65 (not the default setting)...the LTI and CTI filters need to be off ...it needs to be set to HDTV and a test disc run to set balance between brightness and contrast so the blacks are not crushed. If the content being viewed is HD, the best aspect setting is Pixel to Pixel. Color and tint adjustments might need to be pushed a few digits up or down on either side of 50 depending on room conditions. If the screen has a granular optical coating -- especially the older variety -- you might need to dial back the detail a few digits.
Perhaps. I'm not sure how the rep set it up. I have played with similar calibration settings on my Lumis as you mention above... they have little impact on the overall feel of what the projector shows... they are tweaks.
For me the bottom line was light output was just too low or a projector of this price (regardless of other pluses). Light output and blacks were the Achilles heal here. That said, I am sure it would be very nice calibrated but these two issues would still remain.
Beyond any improvement over bulb DLP, LED is about convenience (no bulb, single calibration, quiet). It was still a single chip DLP. Despite an ideal calibration, I could see what it was about (just like my Qualia, uncalibrated, offered a game changing image). It's a first gen... it'll improve and clearly this is the future.