Originally Posted by krichter1
Awesome Jonathan... Yippeee!!
Geof and I just FedEx's you a pound of the strongest coffee available... now GET GOING MATE!! Brilliant!!
Hehe..thanks Kevin and Geoff
It is really too hard to evaluate until its mounted correctly. I did power it up sitting on its cardboard box against the screen just to make sure that it all powered up and worked okay. I did a quick lumens check
X7 currently 1080 lumens (still holding up well)
X70 currently 1250 lumens!
Of course its a new bulb, but we never got numbers like that with the X7 bulbs. The bulb in the X70 is a new version that is backwards compatible with the previous models.
Out of the box the X70 is definitely more saturated, even in THX mode, so it is going to make comparisons a little challenging. Contrast is also definitely up. The thing is because the bulb is brighter, I close the aperture more to match the black levels (-15 vs -9), but with the dual aperture that means the contrast shoots up..also making comparisons difficult. I will try and review/compare as sensibly as I can, but the brighter bulb is going to give an immediate bias towards the X70.
The e-shift is fascinating as if you stand close up to the screen and enable it the pixels boundaries almost entirely disappear. Yet, stand back, and the image looks sharper. If you recall in previous discussions about DLP vs DILA, sharpness perception was supposedly down to the sharper edge of pixel boundaries. But this totally changes that viewpoint as you can't see any pixel boundaries whatsoever, yet end up with a sharper image!
The micro adjustments on the convergence are very interesting and it will take effort to set-up. When you change individual areas of the screen (which are very small as you can do tiny bits towards the edges), it seems to move the convergence at an angle rather than horizontally or vertically across the boundary of the selected area. This gives more flexibility for convergence that gradually changes from one side of the screen to the other, but it makes it an interesting puzzle to get it all set right.