Originally Posted by hifiaudio2
Well I got this projector in today and put it through around 5 hours of testing. I am sorry to say it wasn't for me.
Another forum member was over helping me critique it and see if it could be a decent interim projector for me as I have sold my Sony 1000. I set up a split screen with half of the lens from both projectors covered so I could make direct comparisons. Everything was fed from an Oppo 93 outputting HDMI from HDMI 1 and HDMI 2 direct to the projectors. Here are our observations:
Noise in the image. Must be DLP dithering I guess? (my first DLP so I can only assume this) Looked like crawlies in solid colors and backgrounds. Clouds, a solid color desk, night scenes, etc. This was a deal killer.
Too dim...as reported, I also measured around 800 lumens calibrated (by calibrated I mean the 100 IRE and 30 IRE points were calibrated to dead on with Calman and my Colormunki spectro), even at minimum throw. This could be OK for some, though. I got about 6 ftL on my .77 gain 160" wide scope screen. Also, the colors, while off, looked very flat as well. That is why my friend also described. Perhaps just a result of too little brightness, but it was a very flat image.
I did still see rainbows. Not horrible, and not as bad as the last color wheel DLP I saw at a dealer... years ago... but still there. I am ultra sensitive to them. If this had been an otherwise great projector for me, I could have forgiven the amount of rainbows I saw.
Noisy... but again, not so bad that I would have sent it back for this issue alone. Would certainly be drowned out by pretty much anything going on in a movie, but would draw attention to itself in a very quiet scene.
I do now know that I can see screen door from my seating distance with DLP... just barely in video material though. Pretty easily in text on menus, etc. I think I could get over this.
Color is noticeably out of whack in all modes. Greens and yellows didn't look at all right. A Lumagen is a definite must have with this projector.
Near the end of my review period it simply quit working with 3D movies. The movie would start, and then the unit would try to tell me it expects to receive a 1080p60 signal (instead of the correct 1080p24) and just displays a white screen. It had worked earlier in the night, but now nothing I did would allow the 3d movie (and I tried multiple movies) to work. I didn't bother to keep troubleshooting.
Quite sharp, and no noticeable bright corners or uniformity issues. Very little to no color fringing of any kind.
While there are no calibration controls beyond high and low adjustments for RGB, the gamma and grayscale was extremely linear from 30 to 100 ire after only adjusting those two spots. Very good in this regard.
No motorized lens controls, but the manual ones are very quick and easy to use. Smooth with good fine control.
So overall, not a winner for my HT. Too bad, as I was quite excited to check this PJ out.