Originally Posted by afineman
Some final thoughts but I'll again say my projector history infocus X1 SVGA, IN24 Xga, LG HS201 SVGA, and QUMI WXGA.
My equipment is LG BD550 DVD/Blu Ray player, Onkyo 3500 Home theater in a box, 4 HDMI inputs 1 output, home built theater computer, ATI video card (1/2gig memory) via HDMI. A USB HDTV tuner for OTA channels and all this is going to a Da-Lite HP 2.8 gain screen @ 106 inches and a very well light controlled room. I'm 53, need reading glasses, my ears ring and all pictures were taken with a Cannon Power Shot A1000 IS in default
So now that is out of the way (so things can be put in prospective) I'm a very heavy user (all content comes via a projector) I already have 46 hours of use @ the typing of this. As stated before I have insomina so it's not uncommon for the projector to go off @ midnight and be back on @ 4 Am, I work 4 days a week and this projector arrived 9/22.
Now that's what I call a disclaimer
Fan noise: LG Hs 201 was a little quieter (in normal mode), the Qumi was the same as the 201, this blows away the 2 infocus projectors in (they were loud), projector is on a table 3/4 arms length away and I am not bothered.
Brightness (in Eco mode): Better than the 201, Qumi, and the X1(note: the X1 was used on a DIY screen), between my well controlled room lighting and the HP screen this is more than bright enough.
Focus: everything was in focus @ start up and after 12 hours (5 points, 4 corners and center).
Color control: I set the projector to my Blu Ray player and the Computer to the projector, colors are the same WOW I got with the 201 (it's hard to beat that initial WOW of you first LED projector).
HD image: This is my first true HD projector so there was some serious WOW here, I played my Blu Ray Avatar and was really impressed with the image/color (this was where I expected to be impressed and I was)
Internet: I use Fire Fox as my browser (trick, hold the CTRL key and using the scroll wheel on the mouse this sets and retains the zoom for every page you go to), after I set the zoom for the pages I visit the most, I don't see any text issues, the address bar is in single pixel resolution and a good place to set your focus.
Netflix: I have DSL @ 3 meg rate so it looks the same via the Blu Ray player or via the computer (480P).
Hulu/Fancast: I see more of the compression using this projector and it may have looked a hair better on the 201 (the 201 was not 106 diag, and the larger size may be the cause)
Heat: What heat, in ECO mode even after 12 hours it is hard to detect any temp rise.
HD TV: I watched the Patriots lose today
but the image quality was another mark in the WOW column, resolution and color was impressive.
USB video: via my HD USB tuner I recorded 5 minutes of a cartoon in HD (555 meg) transferred to a USB stick and played back, the quality was equal the original.
Conclusion: This was money well spent, I really wanted to wait a little longer before replacing my 201, but it's death forced me to. Anyone who has a similar projector back ground will be more than pleased with this projector.
Is it perfect, no, but for the thrifty home theater builder it is GREAT. Would I like to have better color control, yes (not sure why though), would I like it to be quieter, anyone would say yes. The only question that remains to be answered is reliability. Because of my usage habits @ 6000 hrs the 201 bought the farm, but in those 6000 hours I saved the cost of 2 bulbs effectively covering the cost of the 201, both prior bulb projector lasted 8,000 and 9,000 hrs so this one died a little early for me.
For the cost ($640 including shipping from Amazon) this was a great next step for me, I didn't jump on the band wagon and go with the HX 301 from LG (not enough bang for the buck). So I waited 22 months to go from a 800 X 600, 200 lumen LED projector to a 1280 X 800 500 lumen projector. the big jump in lumen and resolution makes me feel like money well spent.
Now I'll hang around in the back ground for the 1080P sub $1 K LED projector that I'm sure will be out in 20-24 months.
I hope this was informative