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post #91 of 3213
Anyone able to check if all 3 panels in the Sony have the same polarization? It may be a concern for those with screens that retain some polarization.
post #92 of 3213
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Originally Posted by William View Post

This has already been covered extensivly in previous posts but to recap my projector is shelf mounted about 3/4 to 2/3 of the way to the top of the screen using little lens shift with the image projecting out of the near center of the lens. If you look back you can see pictures of my projector mount (using my "old" JVC) and screen and trouble shooting measures taken. Also this is not just a focus issue but a double image being projected (covered also) and experienced by at least one other (French) owner.

Sorry I had missed that you had already confirmed you are not using much lens shift. So it really is a quality control or more likely shipping damage issue with the projector's optics. Sounds like your only choice is to ship back to Sony for repairs or get the dealer to exchange it for a replacment.
post #93 of 3213
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Originally Posted by Steve Siener View Post

Anyone able to check if all 3 panels in the Sony have the same polarization? It may be a concern for those with screens that retain some polarization.

Mark H. (AVS sales) indicated he planned to check, but I haven't seen any info to indicate if he has done so yet, or the results.
post #94 of 3213
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Originally Posted by whitetrash66 View Post

Does any one have lumen measurements in both 2d and 3d for this projector? I would like to run a 130" 16x9 screen, but I'm not sure what type of gain id need. I could place the projector at closest throw.

Ekki posted the link to the www.cine4home.de review (translated version is HERE) of the pre-production HW30 then posted an update for the production unit. As I recall they measured about 900 lumens in calibrated 2D mode and about 150 lumens for 3D mode (including the light loss thru the Sony 3D shutter glasses). Both values are for high lamp mode and with the iris fully open.
post #95 of 3213
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Originally Posted by Ron Jones View Post

Ekki posted the link to the www.cine4home.de review of the pre-production HW30 then posted an update for the production unit. As I recall they measured about 900 lumens in calibrated 2D mode and about 150 lumens including 3D (including the light loss thru the Sony 3D shutter glasses).

I'd like to test this with my setup. The 3D is the brightest i've seen yet through the glasses. (vs Rs40 / Xpand 103, RS50 / Xpand 103, Monstervision 3D, Acer 5360 / Nvidia 3D vision).

of course having the HP screen doesn't hurt either.
post #96 of 3213
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Originally Posted by zombie10k View Post
I'd like to test this with my setup. The 3D is the brightest i've seen yet through the glasses. (vs Rs40 / Xpand 103, RS50 / Xpand 103, Monstervision 3D, Acer 5360 / Nvidia 3D vision).

of course having the HP screen doesn't hurt either.
So jealous of your screen

Wililiam - Let me know if you have any other issues with the 3D and your PC.
post #97 of 3213



OMG!!! 803's used as surrounds?! WOW!
post #98 of 3213
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Originally Posted by whitetrash66 View Post
... is there a reason to get the VW90 over the HW30?
Native On/Off contrast is atleast 2x @ 20K-25K:1 depending on who you ask. That puts the native contrast in the ball park of a very good JVC LCos. Add in the auto iris and you have stunning on/off performance.

Better Lens which offers over all better clarity, something I posted about when watching Avatar 2D on both the HW10 and vw90. It's a level of realism you would notice.

Better colors... if the HW30 is more like the HW10, the vw90 will present a more vibrant image, although the extra lumens of the HW30 will also contribute to a great deal of POP.

Power Zoom, Focus, Offset, etc... is a great feature set if your projector is a hard to reach location, but not so important if the projector is easy to reach. In fact, I actually prefer manual focus if I can reach the projector, since I find it easier to pull focus quickly. It's also great for running a 16:9 and 21:9 screen/masking setup.

If I were in the market for a new Sony and had to chose between a HW30 and a vw90, the Motion Flow on the HW30 would make the decision more difficult. The math basically comes down to Approx...

$4K - HW30
$6-$7k vw90
$8-$9k for the vw95 when it's ready (guess-timate)

Because the hw30 3D is only marginally better, I would either go for a good deal on a vw90 or wait on the vw95.
post #99 of 3213
I'd like to see the 90 next to my 30 and RS50. With the smallest of changes, I can get the HW30 to rival the IQ of my heavily calibrated RS50. i watched some 2D clips tonight and it's impressive how bright it is on my HP screen. The contrast is very good, definitely exceeding my expectations or the #'s you'd see on the spec sheets.

Someone buying this projector can take it out of the box, turn it on, and enjoy quality skin tones and overall color. Gamma is right on out of the box and I have little desire to mess with any of the settings since it looks so nice.

@ William - I checked my focus on the 1920x1080P desktop.. i am not seeing the same issue you posted, my start menu and time in both corners are quite clear with no apparent 'double image' as you posted earlier. Hopefully your replacement will work out well.
post #100 of 3213
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Originally Posted by Bytehoven View Post

Native On/Off contrast is atleast 2x @ 20K-25K:1 depending on who you ask. That puts the native contrast in the ball park of a very good JVC LCos. Add in the auto iris and you have stunning on/off performance.

Better Lens which offers over all better clarity, something I posted about when watching Avatar 2D on both the HW10 and vw90. It's a level of realism you would notice.

Better colors... if the HW30 is more like the HW10, the vw90 will present a more vibrant image, although the extra lumens of the HW30 will also contribute to a great deal of POP.

Power Zoom, Focus, Offset, etc... is a great feature set if your projector is a hard to reach location, but not so important if the projector is easy to reach. In fact, I actually prefer manual focus if I can reach the projector, since I find it easier to pull focus quickly. It's also great for running a 16:9 and 21:9 screen/masking setup.

If I were in the market for a new Sony and had to chose between a HW30 and a vw90, the Motion Flow on the HW30 would make the decision more difficult. The math basically comes down to Approx...

$4K - HW30
$6-$7k vw90
$8-$9k for the vw95 when it's ready (guess-timate)

Because the hw30 3D is only marginally better, I would either go for a good deal on a vw90 or wait on the vw95.

So the consensus is that the hw30 is only marginally better than the vw90? I know it isn't a lot brighter lumens wise in 3d, but isn't the depth and ghosting greatly improved over the old model?
post #101 of 3213
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Originally Posted by whitetrash66 View Post

So the consensus is that the hw30 is only marginally better than the vw90? I know it isn't a lot brighter lumens wise in 3d, but isn't the depth and ghosting greatly improved over the old model?

I haven't seen the VW90, but i don't think anyone is going to be disappointed with the 3D coming from 3D frame packed blurays on the HW30. This is my 5th 3D projector (RS40, RS50, HW30, LED QUMI, Acer 5360) and currently the leader for 3D for certain. It rivals the ghost-free Acer 5360 more so than my JVC could and the FI in 3D is growing on me.

For this price point, the lack of noticeable ghosting 3D + Motion flow is a combo that is going to be tough to beat. This feels like a 2nd gen 3D projector with adjustments, no warmup time for 3D playback, etc. JVC will at least have to come up with a quality FI mode for 3D, faster refresh of the panels and less noticeable ghosting to compete with this model that is already on the street pre-cedia.

The price is almost the same as what folks were paying for a decent LCD just a few years ago. The popularity of 3D in 2011 must have been enough to get these CE's to keep the engineering going. In the next few months, we're going to have a few new 3D JVC's, more 3D Sonys, Panasonic 3D LCD, Mitsubishi 3D DLP (1080 + lens shift, yes!!), Optoma 3D DLP w/ Lens shift, etc.

This price category is going to quickly get busy with plenty of choices, certainly more than last year at this time.
post #102 of 3213
Hey zombie how is it with side by side content compared to the rs40 and how is gaming
post #103 of 3213
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Hey zombie how is it with side by side content compared to the rs40 and how is gaming

good question, I'll get to that over the weekend and post when I have some feedback.
post #104 of 3213
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Hey zombie how is it with side by side content compared to the rs40 and how is gaming

I am curious about this as well. This is where my 40 falls apart.

Thanks for all the early reports guys. Sounds like one awesome projector! That FI in 3d sounds very cool!
post #105 of 3213
so what would you guys suggest? i am torn on the Panasonic 3D lcd and this sony 3D.

however i have no idea when the panasonic will come out. but i think Cedia will be a good show to check to show their 3D LCD projector.
post #106 of 3213
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...Wililiam - Let me know if you have any other issues with the 3D and your PC.

Having some sip sync issues that vary from from a 100-200 milliseconds to a almost a full second. Have a couple of other question/observations and will PM you rather that "pollute" this thread with non HW30ES specific banter.

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OMG!!! 803's used as surrounds?! WOW!

The 803D's started out as my mains and after I was able to afford the 802D's I moved them to surround duty. I'm more in the "all speakers should be the same" camp because I like music and sensitive to timbre changes.



I was blown away at how bright the 3D is. I believe it is by far the brightest 3D I have seen in any theater or projector. Every other 3D I've seen gave me the feeling like "I walked inside and forgot to take my sunglasses off". I never noticed this "take your shades off to see better" effect watching my HW30. Just subjectively observing it seems about as bright in 3D as it does in low lamp 2D.

Noticed some crosstalk now and again but it was minimal (Motionflow: low). I believe it was Giants of Patagonia (which also had some 2D materiel interspersed) that had the most x-talk but it was still rare and usually non obtrusive.

I would really like to watch a full 3D movie but hate to "waste" with the picture problems I have. Can't decide if I should hook up my JVC HD10 or just use the HW30 until I get a replacement.
post #107 of 3213
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Originally Posted by d3code View Post

so what would you guys suggest? i am torn on the Panasonic 3D lcd and this sony 3D.

however i have no idea when the panasonic will come out. but i think Cedia will be a good show to check to show their 3D LCD projector.

I don't trust an open light path. It's an invitation for dust and dust blobs. Also for some reason every LCD projector I've seen had an almost milky uneven look to it. LCD almost always have a less fill factor and more screen door.
post #108 of 3213
The dust blobs are the main reason for looking for a new PJ. My 4 year old Mits HC6000 was dust blob free until about 3 months ago and bam I have them all over the place.
post #109 of 3213
My Mitsubishi HC5500 LCD had dust blobs after it was just a few months old. I used to take it completely apart and blew out what I could. Maybe Panasonic has found some way to get around the issue with an open light source path? Otherwise I wouldn't want to deal with that again.

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Originally Posted by William View Post

I would really like to watch a full 3D movie but hate to "waste" with the picture problems I have. Can't decide if I should hook up my JVC HD10 or just use the HW30 until I get a replacement.

William - why not just use it? if the center is primarily sharp, we generally don't tend to stare into the corners while viewing movies.

If you guys want to show off the 3D projector to guests that haven't seen 3D before, I recommend picking up this animation from Amazon UK.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Turtles-Tal...3239207&sr=8-1

I've been watching 3D projectors since about this time last year and have seen every single 3D bluray in existance (US and overseas). imo, this is the best display of 3D yet. They nail it on every scene with depth and pop outs.

This is also a difficult title for ghosting, there are plenty of colorful, high contrast scenes that creates noticeable ghosting on my RS50 (especially once the lamp starts dimming, it gets pretty bad) but looked very good on the HW30. We'll see how it holds up as the lamp starts to dim.
post #110 of 3213
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Originally Posted by zombie10k View Post

...William - why not just use it? if the center is primarily sharp, we generally don't tend to stare into the corners while viewing movies.

If you guys want to show off the 3D projector to guests that haven't seen 3D before, I recommend picking up this animation from Amazon UK.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Turtles-Tal...3239207&sr=8-1

I've been watching 3D projectors since about this time last year and have seen every single 3D bluray in existance (US and overseas). imo, this is the best display of 3D yet. They nail it on every scene with depth and pop outs.

This is also a difficult title for ghosting, there are plenty of colorful, high contrast scenes that creates noticeable ghosting on my RS50 (especially once the lamp starts dimming, it gets pretty bad) but looked very good on the HW30. We'll see how it holds up as the lamp starts to dim.

I may just do that. Changing projectors is a small PitA too. I want to watch Clash of the Titans but last night I watch a scene and the 3D was "strange" (I believe it's a 2D to 3D). On closeups the back of their heads (hair towards the back) looked flat and far back. It gave the impression that the actor's heads were very elongated and pancake flat on the back. May watch Drive Angry instead.

The title Turtle's Tale looks interesting. Hate to pay shipping though and wish it were available in the US. May have to break down and buy.
post #111 of 3213
For what its worth. It is entirely possible that Panasonic won't be demoing its new projector at Cedia. I have been at Cedias where Panasonic had big displays but no projector on demo.
post #112 of 3213
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Originally Posted by William View Post

Having some sip sync issues that vary from from a 100-200 milliseconds to a almost a full second. Have a couple of other question/observations and will PM you rather that "pollute" this thread with non HW30ES specific

oh no, seriously, 100ms lag for gaming would kill this projector for me.have you tried the lip sync while in game mode? The vw90 only had 16ms lag, even in 3d mode. Can anyone else verify this? If so extremely disappointing!
post #113 of 3213
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Originally Posted by whitetrash66 View Post

oh no, seriously, 100ms lag for gaming would kill this projector for me.have you tried the lip sync while in game mode? The vw90 only had 16ms lag, even in 3d mode. Can anyone else verify this? If so extremely disappointing!

This is my HTPC playing 3D materiel and having audio lip-sync. This is NOT the projector.
post #114 of 3213
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Originally Posted by mark haflich View Post

For what its worth. It is entirely possible that Panasonic won't be demoing its new projector at Cedia. I have been at Cedias where Panasonic had big displays but no projector on demo.

True....i believe that was the case at last years CEDIA.
post #115 of 3213
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Originally Posted by William View Post

This is my HTPC playing 3D materiel and having audio lip-sync. This is NOT the projector.


Oh, phew!
I'm 99% sure that this is the projector I will get, for the price point and performance, it sound great.but if the lag was that bad, I couldn't do it.

I'm very interested to hear how this compares to the rs40/x3
post #116 of 3213
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Originally Posted by Benito Joaquin View Post

True....i believe that was the case at last years CEDIA.

Panasonic didn't have any new offerings last year so the fact that it didn't show anything was predictable. Since PC has one undergoing evaluation right now indicates, to me at least, that Panasonic has demos and may show one at Cedia.

The Adventures of Sammy (turtles movie referred to above) is exceptional 3D, however, I feel there is some IMAX stuff that revivals it.

I am anxious to see how these new 3D projectors hold up over time. My Acer will do for now and it does what it is supposed to do which is kind of boring (no excessive lamp dimming, no ghosting, no warm up required etc.). I guess I can live with boring.
post #117 of 3213
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Originally Posted by Bytehoven View Post

If I were in the market for a new Sony and had to chose between a HW30 and a vw90, the Motion Flow on the HW30 would make the decision more difficult. The math basically comes down to Approx...

$4K - HW30
$6-$7k vw90
$8-$9k for the vw95 when it's ready (guess-timate)

And there's my debate right now.... given how much the HW30 is doing, it's really hard to justify an additional $5k-$6k (which I think will be closer to the difference between the 30 and the 95 - I think your guesstimate on the VW95 is based on what it might be discounted to while you list the HW30 slightly above MSRP).

It's hard to say without knowing the specs of the VW95. I think it would be really hard to justify a VW90 over an HW30 if you're interested in 3D and can't wait to see what the VW95 has in store.

I'm not sure the quoted contrast specs will translate to the same variance in perceptible difference, meaning I doubt the contrast looks "almost half as good" as the VW90. I have no doubt the VW90 offers superior 2D performance... but will it be a large enough difference to justify $3k?

I wish I could see one of these running side-by-side with an 85 (which I am more than happy with and wouldn't consider ditching if I weren't interested in 3D). I know if I got an HW30, I'd be downgrading 2D performance in order to gain 3D. The big question is how much I'd notice.... As long as blacks don't start to look grey, I could be ok.

Plus, I'd imagine my 85 hasn't been at "peak" performance for awhile since I am pushing the life span of the lamp right now, hoping to make it until I either get the HW30 or the VW95.
post #118 of 3213
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And there's my debate right now.... given how much the HW30 is doing, it's really hard to justify an additional $5k-$6k (which I think will be closer to the difference between the 30 and the 95...

The eternal dilemma of fighting with the point of diminishing returns.

Also wasn't there a rumor/prediction/wild guess that Sony may come out with a 3 projector lineup (2 new ones at CIDEA). In that case the mid unit would likely offer the best bang/performance point.
post #119 of 3213
I would be surprised if Panasonic did not show projectors this year. Last year they had nothing new but this year according to Projector Central there will another new model along with the 7000
post #120 of 3213
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Originally Posted by William View Post

The eternal dilemma of fighting with the point of diminishing returns.

Also wasn't there a rumor/prediction/wild guess that Sony may come out with a 3 projector lineup (2 new ones at CIDEA). In that case the mid unit would likely offer the best bang/performance point.

I has been reported the VW95 is the 3D enabled replacement for the VW85 (not the VW90 replacement) and there is a new flagship model in the works that perhaps could be considered the VW90 replacement, but probably more expensive than the VW90. These reports seem to be fairly reliable. There is also some pure speculation that there will be another mid-level model above the HW30 but below the VW95, but I have seen nothing to directly support this rumor. Sony is having a press event at 5pm on Wed., Sept. 7th at CEDIA, so any new models should be announced there (or at IFA a few days earlier in Germany).
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