Originally Posted by Roshy
My other projector was much more crisp though. I wish I would have kept both for a couple days and checked them out side by side. I just made sure the fan on this new one was better, and it is much much quieter than my original, but the colors aren't as good on this one, and the 3d is way blurrier. Also, with this new projector, if I turn the IR emitter to 1 from 0 in the service menu, it stops working entirely. The old projector it worked fine.
You're really making my decision more difficult (or perhaps easier) on whether I should exchange mine or not. While I'm pretty sure my fan isn't as loud as yours was, I can't help but think it's not as quiet as what some here are indicating. Everything else with mine seems fine so you have me thinking maybe I should just quit while I'm ahead. I think I can live with the fan noise - I only hear it when there is no other sound in the room, but I can clearly hear it from 5' away, even on low lamp.
I put up the screen last night. It's a 120" Elite Home 2 model, electric pull down. I believe the advertised gain is 1.1 but I have a hard time believing there is any gain with the screen. Quite frankly I don't think it looks any different than the temporary black out cloth I was projecting it on prior. But I didn't really expect much difference either. The screen does seem very high quality, and there are no waves or imperfections at all. I wanted to get a tab tensioned but would have had to step down to 110", so I decided to go bigger and non tab tensioned. With the price I paid, I won't mind replacing the screen in a few years if I have to.
So I'm pretty happy with the picture, and I'm very happy I was able to get the discrete codes going for on/off and HDMI1/HDMI2. Other than that, my main gripes are:
- As mentioned, the fan noise seems like it should be lower, but I have nothing to compare it to other than my 5 year Sanyo PLV-Z4 and I would say the Sony is slightly quieter than that.
- Slow boot up time. Others have indicated that this projector is actually fast compared to others so I guess I wasn't aware of this. My Sanyo boots up in about 3 seconds.
- The HDMI inputs seem a little finicky. They take a few seconds to engage when I switch inputs. I also noticed that on my HTPC, running XBMC, if I start to play a movie, the screen goes black for about a second or two and the "HDMI" indicator displays, and then the video displays. It's like it's acting as if I'm switching inputs even though I'm not. Is this normal?
Just a general question, how come when I hit the Black Level button on the remote, it always says "Not available"?
Also, out of the box my contrast was set to 90, is that normal?