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post #1 of 31
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6,000 hours in ExtremeECO mode.

Would the ExtremeECO mode still provide more brightness than the 600 lumen LED projector like the Acer K330, etc.

http://www.slashgear.com/acers-h6500...emas-05216888/
post #2 of 31
No response to the OP question, but as this seems to be the only thread on this PJ, thought I'd post (and maybe it becomes the official thread).

This projector seems to be getting a decent PR push in the mainsteam media and I wonder if anyone has tried it out yet or had any thoughts. It's been quite a few year's since my last PJ purchase (the Mitsubishi HD1000U, which is 720P) and <$2k equipment would be my next target. The MSRP for the Acer H6500 should be ~$900.

Basic specs like lumen output and contrast seem head and shoulders above my Mitsubishi, which was considered to be great for its time in a value-PJ (@ 1500 ANSI lumens & 2500:1 contrast).

Stories on the projector (all basically product announcements, not real use reviews):
USA Today

Slashgear

High Def Digest

Electronic House

PC Mag

Specs from 2/29/2012 press release:

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Acer(R) H6500 Home Theater Projector; Eye-Popping Entertainment, Even in Bright Light
Delivers 1080p Full HD Projection for Movie Theater Quality Images; 2100 Lumens and Acer ColorSafe II Technology Deliver Premium Color Tone Even in Well-Lit Areas


SAN JOSE, CA, Feb 29, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Acer America today announces the newest model in its home entertainment projector line, the Acer(R) H6500. Acer's latest DLP projector offers 1080p Full HD projection with exceptional color fidelity even in environments with bright ambient light.

It can display true 24fps 1080p video content from a Blu-ray Disc (BD) player via its HDMI interface, making it the perfect projector for showcasing widescreen movies created in the HDTV and Blu-ray Disc formats. With 1080p Full HD and an image projection of up to 300 inches, film viewing in the home is close to seeing it in a commercial movie theater.

The new projector provides crisp, rich visuals with brightness up to 2,100 ANSI lumens, which can be dimmed to 1,680 to save power. Leveraging Acer's eColor Boost II+ technology and wall-color compensation, the Acer(R) H6500 makes colors pop on any surface, even tinted walls. Plus, ColorSafe II prevents color decay by using DLP technology, which provides picture integrity even with prolonged use. Images are displayed in the native 16:9 aspect ratio, which can be adjusted to 4:3. The 10,000:1 contrast ratio means deeper darks and brighter whites, while maintaining crisp images.

"The Acer(R) H6500 projector is an excellent choice for the home with its ability to showcase Full HD 1080p video and superior color performance even in areas with bright ambient light," said Chris White, senior director of product marketing, Acer America. "Home theater enthusiasts can now enjoy film quality viewing outdoors at night or indoors without having to close the shades or turn out all the lights. Plus, the projector is easy to set up and use and is earth-friendly, since the power consumption can be reduced up to 70 percent."

The Acer(R) H6500 features a sleek, intuitive design with a control pad conveniently located on top. An aesthetically-pleasing look and feel includes a white and gray matte finish and rounded contours. It's also easy to transport, weighing just 5.6 pounds and measuring 10.6-inches (L) by 8.1-inches (W) by 3.3-inches (H).

A range of outputs provide users with several options for accessing content. These include composite, component, USB, D-Sub and HDMI. With multiple-PC source input, several PCs can be connected to the projector at the same time.

Simple Set Up; Easy to Use Handy utilities make set up easy. With the installation menu, signal input from a notebook is no longer required to enable the on-screen display (OSD) menu, making projector installation on the ceiling quicker and easier.

The IR remote control features the Acer Empowering Technology key, which provides instant access to all Acer projector technologies that include ePower Management, eTimer Management, eView Management and eOpening Management. With Acer eView Management, adjusting projector settings to suit any environment and content is fast. eOpening Management allows users to easily create a customized start-up screen for their projector, which can include favorite photos.

This model also comes with Acer SmartFormat Technology, which supports comprehensive wide-format PC signals, so there is no need to change the resolution of a wide-format notebook and wrestle with "signal not supported" issues.

An Instant Resume feature enables the projector to resume projection immediately after it has been turned off. The power can be turned on and off at any time during the two-minute shutdown process. There's no need to wait for the device to cool off before resuming projection.



Long Lamp Life - Power Savings The Acer(R) H6500's long lamp life reduces replacement costs and ensures long-term, dependable projector use. It provides up to 3,500 hours of standard lamp life, 5,000 hours in ECO mode and as long as 6,000 hours in ExtremeECO mode.(1) With ExtremeECO, the power consumption of the projector can be reduced up to 70 percent and the lamp life can be extended as well. The projector will automatically enter ExtremeECO mode for saving power if there is no signal input.

Price, Availability and Warranty The Acer(R) H6500 home theater projector is available now for customers in the United States at leading VARs and retailers for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $899.99. It is backed by a one-year warranty.(2)

About Acer Since its founding in 1976, Acer has achieved the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Globally, Acer ranks No. 2 for notebook PCs.(3) A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to the company's continuing growth, while its multi-brand approach integrates Acer, Gateway, Packard Bell, and eMachines brands in worldwide markets. Acer designs environmentally friendly products and has established a green supply chain through collaboration with suppliers. Acer is proud to be a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Movement, including supporting the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and London 2012 Olympic Games. The Acer Group employs 8,000 people worldwide. Revenues for 2011 reached US$15.7 billion. Visit www.acer-group.com for more information.
post #3 of 31
I've gotta say, if I wasn't interested in 3D and wanted to get a deal on a 1080p PJ, this would be near the top of my list. The thing that bothers me a bit is this:

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An Instant Resume feature enables the projector to resume projection immediately after it has been turned off. The power can be turned on and off at any time during the two-minute shutdown process. There's no need to wait for the device to cool off before resuming projection.

I would never recommend turning a projector back on for at least half an hour after turning it off. There's a thread somewhere discussing why it's a no-no to do so, but I'm lazy.

The only thing that it doesn't seem to have that I think a lot would like is the frame interpolation. I find it really handy with sports and games. But hey, this is a budget projector, after all. It sounds really good IMHO and some good competition for Optoma and BenQ in that price class.
post #4 of 31
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Originally Posted by danceswithgeckos View Post

6,000 hours in ExtremeECO mode.

Would the ExtremeECO mode still provide more brightness than the 600 lumen LED projector like the Acer K330, etc.

http://www.slashgear.com/acers-h6500...emas-05216888/

The Acer K330 is a 500 lumen projector that gives 400 lumens at the max. It says the Acer 6500 gives 1600 on Eco mode
post #5 of 31
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Originally Posted by blastermaster View Post

I would never recommend turning a projector back on for at least half an hour after turning it off. There's a thread somewhere discussing why it's a no-no to do so, but I'm lazy.

And:
"Long Lamp Life - Power Savings The Acer(R) H6500's long lamp life reduces replacement costs and ensures long-term, dependable projector use. It provides up to 3,500 hours of standard lamp life, 5,000 hours in ECO mode and as long as 6,000 hours in ExtremeECO mode.(1) With ExtremeECO, the power consumption of the projector can be reduced up to 70 percent and the lamp life can be extended as well. The projector will automatically enter ExtremeECO mode for saving power if there is no signal input."

Falling On Their Own Sword
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Acer has introduced a feature home theater users don't want or need, which because its so buggy on its own right, also shuts down the projector. It shortens the life of the expensive bulb and leaves the consumer wondering "what the heck is going on". This is unacceptable.

The reason is because the marketing department fears the arrival of LED powered projectors, a technology which CAN easily be turned on an off at a seconds notice without shortening the life of the light source.

Acer needs to communicate how this immature feature works and most importantly how it can be disabled for home theater usage.
I owned an Acer 9500 which would unpredictably and automatically shutdown after even just a few minutes of use. The fault code table in the owners manual was unclear.

Worse, the buggy firmware in some/many/all(?) Acer, Optoma and BenQ home cannot be conveniently upgraded by the owner. In fact the projector must to be shipped back to the factory, even if it has a USB port.

The whole situation is a mess. Where is the vision?
Way to go Acer!
post #6 of 31
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Originally Posted by HiFiFun View Post

And:

I owned an Acer 9500 which would unpredictably and automatically shutdown after even just a few minutes of use. The fault code table in the owners manual was unclear.

Well, that's troubling!
post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by dslunceford View Post

Well, that's troubling!

There are a couple reports of that. BUT one or two of the 3 or 4 who it happened to feel it was fixed by going into the menu and turning the auto shut off to off or manual shut off. I own a H9500BD and have never had a auto shut off issue. That said there are some troubled H9500BD projectors out there. Then there is the Acer H5360/H5360BD that are raved about by PC gamers. Acer, BenQ, Epson, all of them have some units that are buggier then others.
I disagree with HiFi conspiracy theory of makers afraid of LED, especially Acer who makes both. LED or other more efficient and longer life span lamps will take over and for good reason.

All that said I have no information on the H6500 this post is on for I do not own it nor have seen researched it out.
post #8 of 31
Anybody out there take the plunge on this projector yet? It's popped up at various outlets now, including a very attractive price at Newegg.

I think we can all agree to mostly ignore HiFiFun's completely speculative comments about this projector since it wasn't even publicly available at the time. And he's basing it on a limited personal experience with a different Acer projector. That said, it will be interesting to see how that "feature" does function in the real world. He could still be proved right.

At any rate, this projector has some decent specs on paper for the budget 1080p DLP range, and I'll be waiting for a few real world reviews to see if this thing is any good or not. Could be a solid competitor with the prohd8200 and the optoma hd20.
post #9 of 31
The HT guys did a quick review of the projector, which is the first I've seen: http://www.htguys.com/podcasts/2012/...projector.html

The gist:
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At $865, the Acer H6500 will set you back about the same amount as a 42”-47” HDTV. Add in a screen and wireless HDMI and it’s probably roughly the same as a 55” TV. So for the same investment, you can double your screen size. And the projector is so small, it’s a snap to install and is very low maintenance. Years ago you wouldn’t have been able to consider anything like a 120” home theater projection system for such a small investment. Of course, years ago a 55” TV would have been a lot more expensive as well.

On the podcast the thought was, not necessarily a choice for dedicated home theater, but good for bonus rooms and such. I wonder, however, how it stacks up against slightly older tech in terms of a replacement...
post #10 of 31
Good to see somewhat of an actual review out there. Still surprised that there is so little interest/buzz from the general AVS population. I mean there is like what, 3-5 projectors available in this segment of the market?

Just saw this, if you read the little note at the top of the article sounds like Art at Projector Reviews has a test unit and it may be his next review. No offense to the HT Guys, but I will put a lot higher stock in his review, since I know he will make the apt comparisons to the Optoma HD20 and Viewsonic PROHD8200.

"Comments by Projector Reviews staff:

We have just received this new H6500 projector from Acer for review! It is a 2D 1080p HD home theater projector with an MSRP of only $899. Art will be doing a full review after he completes the 2012 Home Theater Report, which he is feverishly working on this week. In the meantime, read on for more information from Acer!"


http://www.projectorreviews.com/press-releases/?p=833
post #11 of 31
Thanks for mentioning the forthcoming review. I had missed that. I pinged Art to ask if he may be able to add any thoughts/commentary on this Acer as a replacement for an older PJ like my Mits.

I see that Acer now has the full spec sheet up at their site (strange that the overview says 2100 lumens and the detail says 2000): http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/EY.JD501.010
post #12 of 31
Does anyone know the color wheel segments and speed?
post #13 of 31
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Originally Posted by Manamb View Post

Does anyone know the color wheel segments and speed?

I found this thread by searching for "H6500." I'm VERY interested in the color wheel info too. The instruction manual here gives no info on the color wheel:

http://www.support.acer.com/us/en/pr...1&modelId=4010

At first glance this seems to be the perfect PJ for me. 1080P, no 3D, no fancy lens shift, no blahblahblah that I'd never use and only ups the price. But why so cheap? Does it have a 4-segment, 2x color wheel that will burn my retinas out the first time I watch a flick? It ticks me off that there's not more info out there. BTW: Newegg has a promo of 10% off on all Acer PJs, but it ends 31 May. If this thing definitely had at least a 4x wheel I'd order one just on principle (price) and take my chances. But w/o that info I can't do it.

After months of researching and changing my mind I'm finally ready to buy. Problem is that aside from my absolute $1.5K limit, I've no idea what to buy....but the H6500 looks ideal to me and at roughly HALF my limit...but where's the darn wheel info?! I wonder if Acer has an instant chat function? Hmm.

Being that I could care less about 3D you would think that would whittle down my choices. Problem there is that the technology that makes 3D possible also can greatly enhance 2D as well. So I'm also looking at 3D PJs with the intention of never using 3D.

The only real review I've found of the H6500 is at Projectorcentral. (Thanks, Bill!) Read it here: http://www.projectorcentral.com/acer...tor-review.htm

*edit*
I'm chatting with Acer Support right now.

*another edit*
Want a laugh? Here's the copy/paste from my chat:

Govindan Sharanji: Hi, my name is Govindan Sharanji. How may I help you?
Michael D: Hello Govindan. I'm looking at your new projector, the H6500. I cannot find any information on the color wheel specifications. It's not listed in the User Manual. Can you help? I'm looking for how many segments it has and at what speed it turns. For example "5 segments, 4x speed."
Govindan Sharanji: I will certainly provide you the information in this regards Michael.
Govindan Sharanji: Could you please provide me the serial or SNID number of your computer?
Michael D: What does my computer have to do with it? I need info on the projector.
Govindan Sharanji: Sorry I need the serial or SNID number of your projector.
Michael D: I haven't bought one yet because I want to know the specifications of the color wheel. If it is substandard, I will not buy it. That's why I'm talking to you.
Govindan Sharanji: Okay.
Michael D: Thank you.
Govindan Sharanji: http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/pr...H6500sp2.shtml
Govindan Sharanji: The above weblink has specification details of the Projector.
Michael D: I have read the user manual already, as I stated in my first post, the information I'm looking for is not in there. I'm hoping you have access to a service manual or other document that has information on the Color Wheel.
Govindan Sharanji: You may contact our presales department at 1-800-571-2237 for technical specifications and warranty information on new products

Michael D: OK, thanks for your time.


So, I'll call that phone number now. With 10% off at NE, this would be a $700 purchase.

*edit of the edit*
Bah! Office is closed. Recording gave me 302 websites where I can purchase Acer products. I'll try again tmrw.
post #14 of 31
So today's a new day and the "presales dept" should be open, right? They are. But the problem is that the phone number tech support gave me (see my post directly above this one) is NOT presales, but...wait for it...tech support.

I got India again, and again they asked me for my computer's serial number. I thanked the guy for his time an hung up. Guess we'll have to wait to somehow find out the info on the color wheel.

Problem is that Newegg's 10% off expires today and I'm on the fence about buying this. I will most probably fall on the "nope" side given no color wheel info. What a shame.
post #15 of 31
I didn't spot any rainbow watching movie and games, I have mine shot on white wall.
post #16 of 31
Greetings, wrote a long comment, but when I tried to insert a couple of images, somehow, I lost the whole thing. 2nd try - without images.

I've got an Acer H6500 here, have for 2 months, but after a brief intro to it, back in April, I had to put it aside to finish our Education projector report, and the Sony 4K VW1000ES review. Oh well.
So, now I'm just getting back to the Acer. I've had it on all day, in the background with CNBC on HDTV. I also switched to DVR and viewed and took photos of the Superbowl game, as well as images from CNBC, and the room conditions.

Those will all be up in a couple of days in my blog along with a more in depth, traditional first look blog.

Nice and bright. They claim 2100 lumens (on most documents, but 2000 on a couple), no question its a rather bright projector as my room shots will show, and I didn't even use the brightest mode. Haven't measured yet, but I'll bet most of the good looking modes are around 1200 - 1500 lumens, with Bright mode probably about 1/3 to half again brighter than any of the others.

Color in most modes is very respectable. Think out of the box LCDTV... At this point, I don't see this as a serious projector for a cave/theater, so may not calibrate it at all, but will do brightness measurements and provide some recommendations. Sports I put on earlier (Superbowl off of DVR

To address one issue mentioned, regarding shut down and lamp features, they are all optional. I've experienced no shutdowns. Choose what you like, since there are timers and dimmers, etc., I'm sure there can be some confusion, but I see no problem there. Whether these new super-eco modes are improvements, probably, though not for home theater, I would think. Lots of big name manufacturers introduced fast pause start up modes, etc. this year, I mean a whole bunch of Japanese, Taiwanese, or Chinese. Likely a standard feature next year on most projectors. Time will tell - just like with LED or hybrid engines. They claim 20000 hours, but will they make it? I've had long life CFL's and long life LED lights (I use both extensively in my home), both fail long before they officially should. With anything new... but, again, those are all seem to be optional features... Don't buy into it, don't turn them on.

Hey, looks like a really nice entry level 1080p projector. No 3D, great to hang in a family room, or spare bedroom, or set up on a table. (No speakers, despite its cross-over heritage.) BTW black levels weren't as poor as I expected for a basic DLP without an iris. I've definitely seen worse in 720p projectors and some other entry level 1080p.

Gotta run. This one is probably a great projector for the upcoming sports and holiday season, for the non-enthusiast. My family and friends aren't going to complain. I'll try to figure out how good it is for the bucks and see if there are any overt shortcomings. I've got a week. -art
post #17 of 31
Thanks for checking in Art. Looking forward to the review.
post #18 of 31
Alright, so I have had one of these for a few days now. I am enjoying it for gaming purposes, but I popped in a couple blu-rays in my ps3 and PC and noticed that I am getting the "Soap opera effect" albeit milder in comparison to my tv that has auto motion plus. Here is the odd thing though. I can't find any option to disable this/or any mention of motion interpolation for this projector. Has anyone else messed with this on this projector?
post #19 of 31
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Originally Posted by Manamb View Post

Does anyone know the color wheel segments and speed?

Late response, but just in case someone else is looking for the same information:

6-segment color wheel and ACBII + +

Information found here (German site) in the "Features (extras)" section about 1/2 way down:

http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?act=url&depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.hcinema.de/pro/anzeigen.php%3Fangabe%3Dacerh6500&usg=ALkJrhgmPo6bRSSHp4qQe1QFsuoY-IIzFQ

Also of note, the website has a rating for "Black" levels, which I haven't seen before as an objective stat. According to the site, the closer the score is to Zero the better blacks.
They list the black level for the Acer H6500 at 0.210 Lumen.
As a comparison, they have:
  • the Benq W1200 = 0.3600;
  • both the Acer H9500bd and Benq W7000 are at 0.0400;
  • the Sony HW30 = 0.0186;
  • the JVC RS55 = 0.0150;
  • the Epson 5010 = 0.0120.
  • the old Epson 8700ub = 0.0080
post #20 of 31
Thanks David44
post #21 of 31
Are those actual measurements, because it seems to me that some of the info is straight from the manual and other measured? Hard to believe that epson 5010 has better blacks than JVC rs55.
post #22 of 31
There's a coupon for this projector at Newegg. $100 off. I decided to take the plunge. Free shipping. After tax it was a hair over $750.

http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/319193

EMCJNJH27
post #23 of 31
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Originally Posted by David44 View Post

Late response, but just in case someone else is looking for the same information:
6-segment color wheel and ACBII + +
Information found here (German site) in the "Features (extras)" section about 1/2 way down:
http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?act=url&depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.hcinema.de/pro/anzeigen.php%3Fangabe%3Dacerh6500&usg=ALkJrhgmPo6bRSSHp4qQe1QFsuoY-IIzFQ
Also of note, the website has a rating for "Black" levels, which I haven't seen before as an objective stat. According to the site, the closer the score is to Zero the better blacks.
They list the black level for the Acer H6500 at 0.210 Lumen.
As a comparison, they have:
  • the Benq W1200 = 0.3600;
  • both the Acer H9500bd and Benq W7000 are at 0.0400;
  • the Sony HW30 = 0.0186;
  • the JVC RS55 = 0.0150;
  • the Epson 5010 = 0.0120.
  • the old Epson 8700ub = 0.0080

I,m very curious to know the RPM of the wheel. If anyone knows please post it.
post #24 of 31
I've had this projector for a couple weeks now. I'll run though my experience so far. Please keep in mind that this is my first home projector, so I can't really compare it to others.

I'm actually on my second h6500. The first one developed a corruption in the video within in a couple hours of use. So I exchanged it.

I am seeing some rainbowing but I guess it doesn't seem too bad. My guests and my GF haven't said anything about it. I guess I may be one of those people that is predisposed to it

Ive had a couple occasions where it was not seeing the signal through HDMI which required turning the projector on and off. I also had one occasion so far where the video was tearing (a type of video corruption) which required turning the projector off and on. These issues have me a bit worried

Beyond that it is certainly bright enough, and the fan seems pretty quiet.

Considering the issues, I'm thinking about exchanging it for a ViewSonic PRO8200 in the hopes that It's 7 segment 7200rpm color wheel will limit the rainbowing.
post #25 of 31
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Originally Posted by Manamb View Post

Does anyone know the color wheel segments and speed?

I sent Acer and email asking the number of segments on the wheel and speed and I got this responce...

"Thank you for contacting Acer America. There are 6 segments running at 7200 rpm (2X). There are no specifications on how fast the wheel spin.
Respectfully,
Acer America
Online Technical Support"

I'm a bit confused by... "There are no specifications on how fast the wheel spin." Didnt he just tell me how fast the wheel is spinning?

With this info, Im thinking the extra yellow color segment on the ViewSonic PRO8200 wont make much of a differance in the rainbowing effect.
post #26 of 31
Sounds like a 6-segment, 4x color wheel. This is a decent color wheel, but the Viewsonic will have less RBE (I know because I owned multiple DLP's with 6-seg at 4x then I owned the VS). The VS Pro8200 and Optoma hd33 are the only two DLP's I can stand as far as RBE under $2000.

The extra segment (7 instead of 6) does actually make a substantial difference in reducing RBE, but if you are not real RBE sensitive, then I wouldn't worry about it and might stick with your preference to the ACER anyhow. I'd say the Viewsonic's 7th segment is easily as good as the color wheel speed being 5x instead of 4x, maybe even nearly equivalent to a 6x color wheel. I am getting a 6x color wheel DLP projector soon enough and will comment in the future if I think the VS Pro8200 had more RBE than my 6x DLP (just not sure which DLP I am getting yet).
Edited by coderguy - 11/5/12 at 2:40pm
post #27 of 31
I finally got around to playing with this thing. I tried connecting it to my laptop with VGA, and a Panosonic BDT220 via HDMI

First Impressions:

- Quite bright. Seems to have no trouble on "medium" settings with moderate ambient light projecting onto a flat, off-white wall and the image still looks good. I can even leave a shade or two open so the room doesn't feel like a cave when I don't want it to. I have a white screen to set up still and I expect it will really pop since I have good light control overall.

- Noisy. The fan cranks up and down depending on what's needed. I think this can be adjusted away, (maybe disable brilliant color?) but on its own it's quite noticeable. With my Benq, my brain could tune out the fan noise eventually, but with it shifting constantly this isn't possible with the Acer.

- I do not notice rainbows with the Optoma HD20 I set up in our work conference room, even out of the box, but I do notice them a little with the Acer. That said, it's only been on for about four hours and I noticed a significant reduction in the RBE in my previous projector after it had about 10 - 20 hours on it. Either way, I don't experience eye strain or excessive rainbows. They're fleeting in dark or black and white content.

- Tuned for total darkness I could put it on eco mode, brilliant color off, and still had to crank the brightness down a lot. The picture holds up nicely whether dialed for home theater or for ambient light.

- The carry case is crap, but who cares?

Overall, for 700 bucks I'm happy so far. By the weekend I should have the screen up and the projector in the projector mount with everything aimed optimally.
post #28 of 31
Tried to mount the projector in a generic rosewill ceiling mount. The screws needed were 2 x 4-40 1/2" and 1 x 4-40 3/4" because of the specific dimensions of the mount points, but anyway, I didn't have the 3/4" screw. I tried to wing it for the night by attaching one of the mounting arms to the tripod screw, and that turned out to be bad. When I fired up the projector it displayed white vertical lines, evenly spaced, all across the screen. I tried putting pressure on various parts of the projector body to see if I could affect the image, but they didn't go away until I unmounted the whole thing and put it on the coffee table.

Granted, I didn't have it mounted correctly, but the take away is this projector may be a bit more sensitive than others - something to consider if you plan on using it in a highly portable way. Going to take another stab at it tomorrow with the correct hardware.
post #29 of 31
CALIBRATION

For the two or three other people who own this projector, here's what I've found so far in terms of calibration for film:

In full dark:

Brightness: 44
Contrast 52
Red: 95-100
De-gamma: 3

All other colors are fine at factory.

In low ambient light with shades closed but some bleed-through, brightness 50 and contrast up to 62 - 65 seems to work well in most cases.
post #30 of 31
So far I have 180 hours on this projector with no major issues. The only "interesting" thing so far is during one watch the projector abruptly shut off with the power light blinking, and no fan cooldown. It had only been on around 45 minutes so it had me worried. I waited ten minutes for the lamp to cool down (power light was still blinking) and then turned it back on. It's run fine ever since.
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