Originally Posted by Lmag2013
I'm a newbie in the world of PJ --this is my first one and I can’t compare it to other brand names or models out there since I never tried and owned one before. I just found out this site and with one day of reading here, I learned a lot. And I think I can speak the lingo a little bit now. Thank you guys for all the posts and so here I am writing as my way of giving back to the "community". It is also a way for me to use the terms I found here and be part of my vocabulary and reiterate some common themes and ideas.
I bought the XV-Z30000 from last month's Groupon deal. I have 80 hours now after two weeks of watching TV and movies via U-verse set top box, PS3, and AppleTV3. I'm loving this PJ! , and I totally forgot that I still have my 42” and 55" LED Samsung TV.
Here is my setup:
• 135" (66.2" x 117.7") Elite Screens Fixed Frame Projection Screen.
• 8 feet from my PJ screen and my couch and the projector is behind me (10 feet distance from PJ screen).
• Bose 321 Home Theater System and it is connected using optical for my audio setup.
• HDMI connections to U-verse, AppleTV3, and PS3.
At first, I was going to return it because it was hard for me to adjust the color. I could not get the natural color of the skin after trying all the settings. After a day of playing with it, I found the best setting for me--make the color (-5). It is easy to adjust the tint, blue, green, and yellow afterwards. I always use the "stage", high brightness on the iris 1 and automatic on the second one. Gamma at the lowest level all the time to get the best black level. I learned that you can’t really copy someone’s settings because every blue-ray titles I put in, I have to tweak the color to get the right settings I want. When I watched Avatar and Avengers back to back, I didn’t have to tweak the colors but as soon I put Angels and Demons, I have to tone down the red. I also found it more tweaking when I put an older blue-ray titles. And it’s a completely different story when I connect my U-verse set top box, I have to modify all the settings to have that natural colors.
3D shines with this PJ, better than the Cinepolis Theater I always go to near my place. I don't see any flicker. The 3D glasses that came with it are amazing. I just received the additional pair of glasses yesterday which took them a month. I didn't expect to get them anymore and forgave them about false advertising since the product exceeded my expectations but I'm happy that they sent them anyways.
I have been reading here that 3D needs more light but I have to tone down the brightness with mine. And even in normal viewing, it is too bright that details are blown out. I have this slight annoyance at night that I have to adjust the brightness level to get the details when a scene in a movie, for example, is too bright.
Reflections on Using U-verse set top box, PS3 and AppleTV3
3D and blue-ray is the best media for this PJ. Netflix looks OK. I have to open all the ports in my PS3 and my AppleTV3 to get a better HD quality. I have a U-verse internet connection and can only do a max of 12mbps (and I usually average 8mbps) so I don't get the SuperHD and 3D on my Netflix, and although U-verse told me that they are part of the "Open Connect" for Netflix, I don't think it’s the case because I have never seen the SuperHD and 3D icons on my PS3 and AppleTV3.
The U-verse set top box does not cut it. It is compressed HD. It looks like old DLP projection TV when you connect the U-verse set top box using HDMI when watching HD channels or HD movies even in a very dark room. U-verse needs to update their equipment and stop compressing their HD quality broadcasting. I called U-verse and informed me that they do not have 1080p set top box. If U-verse offers 1080p set top boxes, pure and uncompressed HD broadcasting, and faster internet connection in my area soon, then I will be a happy camper.
So if you want to use this PJ for TV and you are a big sports fan, I recommended DIRECTV. I cancelled my DIRECTV and paid almost$400 for early termination fee last year, and now I'm thinking of getting their service back because their set top box is 1080p. They even have 3D channels. The caveat though is that they do not have wireless gateway set top box. I have to consider Cox high speed internet connection if I get DIRECTV again which can go to 50mbps so I will be paying a premium price for these services for streaming movies with 1080p. For now, I’m happy with buying blue-ray and 3D titles to have that 1080p.
• Motorized lens shift function. This is a mobile PJ for me so this is a must feature.
• Lens memory. This really saves time because I move my PJ a lot in two different locations: my room (I just use my wall) and living room (where the fixed 135" screen is).
• Very quiet. I hear my PS3 running, not this PJ.
• More lumens so I can watch it at daytime. This is unusable for me in the daytime since my living room is high ceiling with unreachable glass windows.
• Built in apps so I can watch Netflix directly.
I was torn between this and the Mitsubishi 7800d. I thought Costco had a great price for 7800d bundled with motorized PJ screen and Yamaha Home Theater System. The deciding factor for me was the motorized lens shift feature because I have a limited space and I am using this on top of tables and cabinets.
I only have one question that’s been bugging me for weeks now--what's the use of wired LAN? I connected it to the hub and I can ping the address but what can I do with it. Do I need a software to use this feature? I thought I can project my desktop computer on the PJ screen wirelessly just like the AppleTV3 and my Apple laptop using Airplay but I can't think of any use of it. I browsed the CD that came with it and you use LAN to reset the lamp when you put a new one via hyper terminal. And that’s the only thing I can think of. I was thinking more as a helpful tool for presentation and not for troubleshooting. So I hope someone can explain that to me or else, I would say that LAN is a useless feature.
Hope this helps and enjoy your new toy!