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post #3121 of 3345
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Originally Posted by baloo_btru View Post

Could someone please let me know how to switch to high lamp vs low lamp?

Thanks.
In the Menu, under Cinema Black Pro, there is a Lamp Setting for Low or High. You can also watch something in 3D as it automatically uses High Lamp mode for 3D.

Thank you! I was looking for it a while ago and couldn't find it.
post #3122 of 3345
While I am not (into) 3d, I did just receive a "man of steel" 3d disk and cued it up.

Then went to the box and after charging the glasses, watched the film. So it was kinda fun and therefor, I looked in the box again for the second pair of glasses purported to come in the original package. I may have just lost them or they never made it into the box but now I need to aquire another pair for the bride. I believe the originals are model xxxx1 or some such, which are nla on the sony site or elswhere. They will need to be adult glasses that fit comfortably over prescription glasses.

What are model numbers you giys might suggest as there seems to be a plethora of options on Amazon and elsewhere. We sit well within the parameters described in the om and the one pair that I could find works quite well for either seating position.

Thanks for any feedback....

Doug k
post #3123 of 3345
The original glasses are the TDG-PJ1. You should have a 2nd pair in the box. Check within all the sytrofoam as they were packed in between a couple pieces. They're inside a small cardboard box. If you still can't find them, Amazon has them, but they're pricey. You might be able to find them a bit cheaper elsewhere.
Sony TDG-PJ1 @ Amazon

Many of us have been picking up the Sony PS3 glasses, which work great from a sync perspective, but have a bit of a yellowish tint. They're great for having extra pairs around as they're $20 or less.
Sony PS3 Glasses @ Amazon
post #3124 of 3345
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Originally Posted by blipszyc View Post

The original glasses are the TDG-PJ1. You should have a 2nd pair in the box. Check within all the sytrofoam as they were packed in between a couple pieces. They're inside a small cardboard box. If you still can't find them, Amazon has them, but they're pricey. You might be able to find them a bit cheaper elsewhere.
Sony TDG-PJ1 @ Amazon

Many of us have been picking up the Sony PS3 glasses, which work great from a sync perspective, but have a bit of a yellowish tint. They're great for having extra pairs around as they're $20 or less.
Sony PS3 Glasses @ Amazon

The Sony ones that come with the projector are just awful. Far too heavy. My wife's nose and my nose ached for several days after watching The Hobbit 3D. The Playstation glasses are so, so, so (this can not be understated) much more comfortable, and lighter.
post #3125 of 3345
I had the bride rummage through the box in storage and she said they were tucked away in the foam as described. Man, those guys can pack me up for a move anytime.

As far as the comfort of the glasses is concerned, we both wear glasses anyway. I put them over a smaller pair of prescription lenses and no problem.

As an aside from all of the 3d stuff...

After a few hundred hours I checked with my cal gear for drift. It measures so well! No wonder my eyes are happy. Delta e of 1 or less by a smidgen from 10 to 100 ire. Color Gamut so close to wonderful oob that visually it is virtually impossible to see the change from calibrated/measured from stock. Granted, on a 100% white field some minor variation in color can be seen, the anomoly is never an issue with a film. Truly a Superb machine for the bucks.

Thanks for the help with the glasses. After having the pj sit in the box for three months after purchase to move it to our new digs..... I just wanted to get the la cava set up and start viewing our movies on a screen measured in feet. Kinda forgot the whole 3d thing... Must admit that it does work though.

Thanks again

Doug k
post #3126 of 3345
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Originally Posted by ltd76gold View Post

I had the bride rummage through the box in storage and she said they were tucked away in the foam as described. Man, those guys can pack me up for a move anytime.

As far as the comfort of the glasses is concerned, we both wear glasses anyway. I put them over a smaller pair of prescription lenses and no problem.

As an aside from all of the 3d stuff...

After a few hundred hours I checked with my cal gear for drift. It measures so well! No wonder my eyes are happy. Delta e of 1 or less by a smidgen from 10 to 100 ire. Color Gamut so close to wonderful oob that visually it is virtually impossible to see the change from calibrated/measured from stock. Granted, on a 100% white field some minor variation in color can be seen, the anomoly is never an issue with a film. Truly a Superb machine for the bucks.

Thanks for the help with the glasses. After having the pj sit in the box for three months after purchase to move it to our new digs..... I just wanted to get the la cava set up and start viewing our movies on a screen measured in feet. Kinda forgot the whole 3d thing... Must admit that it does work though.

Thanks again

Doug k

Missus and I wear glasses. Nose still ached with the ones in the box. Amazed you find them comfortable. I'd suggest for the pittance the Playstation 3D glasses cost, the extra comfort is tangible. Glad you found the extra pair, anyway!
post #3127 of 3345
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Originally Posted by WilliamG View Post

Missus and I wear glasses. Nose still ached with the ones in the box. Amazed you find them comfortable. I'd suggest for the pittance the Playstation 3D glasses cost, the extra comfort is tangible. Glad you found the extra pair, anyway!

I have 4 pairs of the PS3 glasses and the 2 pairs that came with the projector. I don't really find the PS3 glasses to be any more comfortable over the stock ones. yes, they're a bit lighter but they seen to grip my head tighter and to sit on just the wrong spot of my very sensitive nose (allergies). Granted I wear prescription glasses, so maybe it's having to wear 2 pairs that's the problem. I find that the nose bridge is a little narrow as well.

I do, however, have the kids always wear the PS3 glasses.

I'd happily pay good money for a more comfortable pair that would work simultaneously with all my other pairs. A clip-on would probably be ideal although they seem to be rare for active glasses.
post #3128 of 3345
There is no such animal as a comfortable pair of Active glasses for glasses wearers, I just buy the $20 PS3 version and call it a good bargain. I've done some 3D gaming and a bit of 3D movie watching...so I don't use the feature enough to warrant tracking down better goggles, or getting Lasik smile.gif

Having said that, can someone recommend a way to clean the lens? I noticed a large buildup of dust on the outside of mine that when I tried to brush off with a camera lens brush, just kind of moved/smeared around a bit. Trying to figure out what aerosol might have gotten on it...Fabreeze?

Can I just use a piece of moleskin and some glasses lens-cleaner?
post #3129 of 3345
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I'd happily pay good money for a more comfortable pair that would work simultaneously with all my other pairs. A clip-on would probably be ideal although they seem to be rare for active glasses.

Lets build a business model for that..... We will have to wait although as walmart will only place orders for those products requiring 1.5million units or so. With the sales of 3d gear and especially disks so low, we may have to wait for, ever.

Great idea although!

Doug k
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Hi Everyone.

 

I'm new to home theater and new to these forums in general.  This is my first post actually.  :)  I'm currently converting my third floor into a theater and my installer is using the VPL-HW50ES for my projector.  Originally I was offered the VPL-HW55ES but I wanted to spend my $ on speakers up front so he offered me the VPL-HW50ES for 3k.  Still new in box and I'll also get the 3 year warranty.  My question is, will I be happy with this projector over the 55 or should I find a way to pony up the extra cash for the more recent model?

 

Thanks!

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The 55 has a vga connection and motorized zoom. Both could be handy but also, might never be used. The 55 does use a different digital algorithm as well but again, any picture improvement may or may not even be visible to your eyes depending on your distance from the screen.

Most of what I have read and written here is from the "versus" website.

A pretty straightforward bunch imo.

Doug k
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Originally Posted by ltd76gold View Post

The 55 has a vga connection and motorized zoom. Both could be handy but also, might never be used. The 55 does use a different digital algorithm as well but again, any picture improvement may or may not even be visible to your eyes depending on your distance from the screen.
Actually the 55 does NOT have motorized zoom or lens memory. And HDMI is a digital input, so that "versus" site is wrong. It's not very pretty or easy to navigate either.

I'd stick with the 50 for now and put your money into the speakers.
Edited by blipszyc - 1/16/14 at 8:13am
post #3133 of 3345
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I'd stick with the 50 for now and put your money into the speakers.

 

Thanks blipszyc, exactly what I was thinking.

 

Any other opinions?

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I second the 50. The 55 seems to be more of a lateral move, and a switch to a different chassis (and bulb??).......a product evolution but not a revolution. Save the $1k and buy some nice speakers if that's what you're after, you aren't getting $1000 difference in performance moving from the 50 at 3K to 55......

Enjoy!
post #3135 of 3345
You are right about the versus site. I apologize for not checking further.

Doug k
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Any other opinions?
Check with AVS. I'm not sure if they have any 50's left in stock, but since it's an older model, you should be able to do better than $3K. That's MSRP. Never pay MSRP! tongue.gif
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So for anyone that's had their 50 for a while, how long did the lamp last for you? I'm coming up on 300 hours myself and I figure I should get at least 1000 before its too dim, maybe a bit more?
post #3138 of 3345
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Originally Posted by blipszyc View Post

Check with AVS. I'm not sure if they have any 50's left in stock, but since it's an older model, you should be able to do better than $3K. That's MSRP. Never pay MSRP! tongue.gif

I agree - $3k too much now!
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MSRP on the 50 and 55 I thought was $3999.....

You could get a brand new 50 for $3400 a few months ago.

You could get a refurbed 50 from AVS for a time in the sub-$3000 range, which is what I did.

$3000 for a new 50 sounds like accurate pricing to me. If the 55 is selling for $3500 or more,
I'd still consider the 50 a bargain.
post #3140 of 3345
MSRP on the 55 is $3999
MSRP on the 50 is $2999

The 50 might be a bargain @ $2999, but I think one can do better. Even if it's $100-200 off, it's still better than paying MSRP!
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Is anybody who is a authorized dealer selling the 50 anymore? I know the 55 is "better", but the things that are better don't matter to me in the slightest or don't make a big enough difference. To me the 5030 isn't good enough and the 55ES seems to much.
post #3142 of 3345
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Originally Posted by blipszyc View Post

MSRP on the 55 is $3999
MSRP on the 50 is $2999

The 50 might be a bargain @ $2999, but I think one can do better. Even if it's $100-200 off, it's still better than paying MSRP!

The problem here is that Sony, I believe, stopped production on the 50 with the announcement of the 55 (which is why AVS sold off b-stocks as it was all that remained from Sony after they liquidated their stock of 50's that were still new with bulb/glasses)

The 50's that are out there in the wild I thought were all that was left, and since these aren't common like, say, an Epson or Panasonic might be,
you don't find many deals on them...at least not many from reputable or well-known vendors.

But let me put it another way:
The 50 at $3000 is a tremendous projector that outclasses the LCD's at or near its price-points, it's built like a tank for a permanent installation
and its got the visual chops to throw a 1080p picture (and yeah, you can see some amazing things when you press that Reality Creation button too),
that should satisfy you for a very long time. $4K.....its expensive. $3k....its priced right. $2500....its a steal.
post #3143 of 3345
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Originally Posted by baloo_btru View Post

So for anyone that's had their 50 for a while, how long did the lamp last for you? I'm coming up on 300 hours myself and I figure I should get at least 1000 before its too dim, maybe a bit more?





baloo-we started this journey together, I'm at 741 on my lamp and you 300? I better slow down smile.gif.
post #3144 of 3345
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Originally Posted by madurodave View Post

I agree - $3k too much now!

MSRP on the 50 has always been $3999 - it might be discounted now but I don't think the bottom dropped out of the 30 when the 50 released.

http://reviews.cnet.com/home-theater-projectors/sony-vpl-hw50es/4505-7858_7-35616136.html
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Originally Posted by baloo_btru View Post

So for anyone that's had their 50 for a while, how long did the lamp last for you? I'm coming up on 300 hours myself and I figure I should get at least 1000 before its too dim, maybe a bit more?





baloo-we started this journey together, I'm at 741 on my lamp and you 300? I better slow down smile.gif.

Or maybe I should catch up! I'd love to just stay in my theater room all the time but people keep forcing me to come out frown.gif
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baloo-we started this journey together, I'm at 741 on my lamp and you 300? I better slow down smile.gif.

I think I got mine several months sooner, I've got over 1200 on mine with probably half of that in high mode. I don't use it sparingly at all! biggrin.gif

How many hours are people getting out of their HW50 bulbs? Mine is still adequately bright on low mode on my 16:9 159", but I do have a Da-Lite HP 2.4 (thanks Craig at AVS!) so I'm sure that helps quite a bit. So far no bulb flickering or any other apparent issues.
post #3147 of 3345

Well tomorrow is the day for me.  I've been waiting 7 weeks to get my theater installed and they finally come tomorrow.  I can't wait to see the 50 in action!

 

The hardest part now is figuring out which movies to watch this coming weekend.  :)

post #3148 of 3345
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Originally Posted by Done Deal DR View Post

I think I got mine several months sooner, I've got over 1200 on mine with probably half of that in high mode. I don't use it sparingly at all! biggrin.gif

How many hours are people getting out of their HW50 bulbs? Mine is still adequately bright on low mode on my 16:9 159", but I do have a Da-Lite HP 2.4 (thanks Craig at AVS!) so I'm sure that helps quite a bit. So far no bulb flickering or any other apparent issues.

Good to know the bulb is still going strong with that many hours. I was worried I'd have to buy a bulb every year. If I can get 18 months+ per bulb that would be great (1500 hours).

Question for you - do you have the projector on a table? Or is it ceiling mounted? I know the HP work much better in the center of the screen.
post #3149 of 3345
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Originally Posted by baloo_btru View Post

Good to know the bulb is still going strong with that many hours. I was worried I'd have to buy a bulb every year. If I can get 18 months+ per bulb that would be great (1500 hours).

Question for you - do you have the projector on a table? Or is it ceiling mounted? I know the HP work much better in the center of the screen.

Mine is ceiling mounted with a long drop pole, it's in virtually the exact middle of the screen. =/- an inch.
post #3150 of 3345
Maybe a better way to ask this question is, has anyone's ES50 popped the original bulb yet, and if so at what number of hours?
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