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post #31 of 1081
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Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman View Post

For a basement ceiling that offset is too much even compared to my old SD Infocus IN72 that had a 14.6" offset for a 106" screen

I can say from experience that the Pro8200 is worse with offset than an IN72, since that's what mine replaced. I mounted the Pro8200 with about 18" less throw and about 6" higher and I need a bit more keystone dialed in to the new one. I'm planning on recessing my ceiling mount eventually, that should bring me into spec pretty nicely.
post #32 of 1081
Any idea what the offset below the center of the lens would be with the lens 11' 8" away from a 106" diagonal screen?

According to this - http://www.projectorcentral.com/View...ulator-pro.htm - that puts the zoom at 1.41.

Is there a calculator somewhere that would show me the offset?

Thanks.
post #33 of 1081
I just got mine this morning. It turns out there are NO white walls at my parent's house, but I couldn't wait till I got back to school to try it out. I started to watch Inception on this beige wall. It looks pretty good. I can see rainbows occasionally which, hopefully, I can get used to.

One thing that I find strange is the blue power LED that flashes when the projector is off: I can HEAR it flashing. It's fairly quiet but super high pitched buzz (like those ringtones adults can't hear). I'm 22 and so it's kind of annoying.
Edit: After having it a while, I forget about it and it doesn't bother me.

I'm a student and $1000 bucks is a serious chunk of change. I hope this thing lasts a while.
post #34 of 1081
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Originally Posted by IanS View Post

Any idea what the offset below the center of the lens would be with the lens 11' 8" away from a 106" diagonal screen?

According to this - http://www.projectorcentral.com/View...ulator-pro.htm - that puts the zoom at 1.41.

Is there a calculator somewhere that would show me the offset?

Thanks.

here's the link to the operator's manual - http://www.viewsonic.com/assets/093/19254.pdf

if you go to page 26 of the file it shows the chart you're looking for.
post #35 of 1081
Could those that have it test something for me.

It seems that when I set quick power off - off (from the default on) all the settings revert back to factory defaults.

I had mine set to dark room which put it in econo mode, auto source scan - off, quick power on - off, and as soon as i would set quick power off - off everything got reset.

I'd like to confirm this is a firmware issue before i call up viewsonic.
post #36 of 1081
I had some problems with some settings being saved.
I set
Color mode: Default
Eco Mode: On

When I restart the projector, eco mode is off again.
post #37 of 1081
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Originally Posted by tremor13 View Post

It sure does! The Pro8200 has a lot more inputs on the back panel, but they do look like they use the same chassis/plastics. 7 segment color wheel, though, so it's no a straight rebadge.

It would be fun to see a head-to-head comparison of the Pro8200 and the MC4000.
post #38 of 1081
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Originally Posted by morpheus256 View Post

I got mine from a large membership chain, it was 999Cdn with free shipping, arrived in 3 days.

Interesting. That major chain has a lot of stuff you can't get in the US, like the better assortments of Eneloop batteries. :-( What's the return policy there--is it 90 days, or indefinite?
post #39 of 1081
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Originally Posted by morpheus256 View Post

Could those that have it test something for me.

It seems that when I set quick power off - off (from the default on) all the settings revert back to factory defaults.

I had mine set to dark room which put it in econo mode, auto source scan - off, quick power on - off, and as soon as i would set quick power off - off everything got reset.

I'd like to confirm this is a firmware issue before i call up viewsonic.

I can confirm this problem. If you call viewsonic, keep us updated.
post #40 of 1081
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Originally Posted by DrNegative View Post
Yeah the Pro8100 was LCD, looks like the engineers went with a clean-sheet design and switched to DLP for its successor. Unusual for a company to do that with a particular model line.
I agree, very unusual indeed.
post #41 of 1081
Looks like art is reviewing this one soon!
post #42 of 1081
They clearly were not happy with the previous model's success to do thus technology swap.

They liked the positioning enough to keep the naming convention. However, their target customer is now way different than when the Pro8100 first came out, $5000+!

In the end I'm glad they did it since I am in the sub $1500 market and trust Viewsonic with their extensive color experience.

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Originally Posted by DrNegative View Post


Yeah the Pro8100 was LCD, looks like the engineers went with a clean-sheet design and switched to DLP for its successor. Unusual for a company to do that with a particular model line.
post #43 of 1081
this is very interesting development.

I am very happy with my Pro8100 (especially for the $1100 price).

Switching from LCD to DLP, especially when I think of Viewsonic as an LCD monitor company.
post #44 of 1081
An earlier owner of this unit posted: "I can see rainbows occasionally which, hopefully, I can get used to."

What's the deal with that? How bad is it? I don't want to see rainbows when I'm watching movies.

Thank you.
post #45 of 1081
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Originally Posted by benrub View Post
An earlier owner of this unit posted: "I can see rainbows occasionally which, hopefully, I can get used to."

What's the deal with that? How bad is it? I don't want to see rainbows when I'm watching movies.

Thank you.
A common problem with DLP units that effects a portion of the population at large ..
post #46 of 1081
Yes but how bad is it with this particular projector?
post #47 of 1081
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Originally Posted by benrub View Post
Yes but how bad is it with this particular projector?
How would you know unless you viewed one .. ?? I cannot see DLP rainbows .. some can, some can't ..
post #48 of 1081
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post
How would you know unless you viewed one .. ?? I cannot see DLP rainbows .. some can, some can't ..
I can see DLP rainbows in anything with a DLP chip. Whether it's a RPTV or Projector, there are times when I can force myself to see them. Looking for them is actually one way I benchmark DLP units.

With my Samsung DLP TV as a standard, projectors are going to be worse. In comparison to my old IN72, the Pro8200 is much less rainbow-y. In comparison to the W1000+, but Pro8200 is much less rainbow-y. In fact, until I put up a brutal test of rainbows (black screen with sparse narrow white text), I had almost as hard of a time seeing them with the Pro8200 as I did with the Samsung.

It's not an issue for me in normal watching, though. I prefer the sharpness of the DLP, so I'll put up with a few errant RBEs for that!
post #49 of 1081
Hello - the one review that I can see for this projector seems to indicate that fast moving scenes are a problem for this unit. Can any of the owners comment on this - has anyone tried to use this PJ to watch sports etc? Thanks for your help.
post #50 of 1081
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Originally Posted by matt9999 View Post

Hello - the one review that I can see for this projector seems to indicate that fast moving scenes are a problem for this unit. Can any of the owners comment on this - has anyone tried to use this PJ to watch sports etc? Thanks for your help.

This unit would not be a great choice for sports ..
post #51 of 1081
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

This unit would not be a great choice for sports ..

That's why we need a good review of this unit. I've watched many hours of football/basketball on it and never seen anything that's not crystal-clear. No blurring, no pixelation, just sharp, clear, vivid and detailed picture.
post #52 of 1081
mgkdragn, do you own this unit? I'm not sure if you're talking from experience with this Viewsonic model or just commenting as a general rule. Your comment on watching sports material is particularly of interest because if you don't have this unit it carries a different weight, at least for me. Kind Regards.
post #53 of 1081
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Originally Posted by spankle View Post

mgkdragn, do you own this unit? I'm not sure if you're talking from experience with this Viewsonic model or just commenting as a general rule. Your comment on watching sports material is particularly of interest because if you don't have this unit it carries a different weight, at least for me. Kind Regards.

I spent 4 hours with one using various sources as well as sports .. I was not happy with the contrast as well as fast motion .. BD looked pretty good .. not the best black levels, but passable .. CATV DVR as well as HD was pretty bad on sports fast motion scenes .. I was considering this unit for a secondary PJ ..

The Epson 8350 did a much better job for not a whole lot more money ..
post #54 of 1081
Here's a first look posted by Art in his blog http://www.projectorreviews.com/blog...iew/#more-1013
post #55 of 1081
Here's Art's first look at the HD8200 from his blog.
http://www.projectorreviews.com/blog...jector-review/
He says that he will have his usual review up later after CES and he will be comparing it to the HD20, the W1000+ and the Vivitek H1080.
post #56 of 1081
thanks mgkdragn for that info. it's good to know you're talking from experience with this particular unit. Much appreciated input.
post #57 of 1081
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Originally Posted by Joesyah View Post

Here's a first look posted by Art in his blog http://www.projectorreviews.com/blog...iew/#more-1013

Seems that Art was happy with it while watching sports.
post #58 of 1081
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Originally Posted by DrNegative View Post

Seems that Art was happy with it while watching sports.

We all have our own opinions .. my main projector was 5K when new, so perhaps I am a bit spoiled ..
post #59 of 1081
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Originally Posted by Joesyah View Post
Here's a first look posted by Art in his blog http://www.projectorreviews.com/blog...iew/#more-1013
will be curious to read the comparison review. this short review was not glowing in my opinion.
post #60 of 1081
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Originally Posted by armless View Post

I can confirm this problem. If you call viewsonic, keep us updated.

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Originally Posted by morpheus256 View Post

Could those that have it test something for me.

It seems that when I set quick power off - off (from the default on) all the settings revert back to factory defaults.

I had mine set to dark room which put it in econo mode, auto source scan - off, quick power on - off, and as soon as i would set quick power off - off everything got reset.

I'd like to confirm this is a firmware issue before i call up viewsonic.


Hi guys, my first post/reply.
Morpheus, have you had any news on this issue from Viewsonic? I picked up one of these projectors and seem to be having similar issues. Viewsonic thinks it may be caused from my sat receiver doing it's nightly updates(I doubt it). I am in the process of testing different combos of my gear and the proj's setting to troubleshoot before I contact Viewsonic tech support again.
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