Originally Posted by Dragon Reborn
I agree re: Eshift, especially since I sit at 1.7-1.8x.
But that doesn't rule out a future Darbee purchase. Other expenses for now.
I sit nearer 1.3x but I have an A lens too. Just couldn't justify the extra £2,100 (in the UK) which is virtually double the price of the X35 for me. My Darbee is after my Lumagen so for 2.35:1 lens use the Darbee is fed with a stretched image using all 1920 x 1080 pixels, so has all the pixels to play with. Not sure if this makes a difference, but I think it might have something to do with it as the image looks pin sharp. A Darbee is something you can add anytime, even after a calibration, so could just be a nice plus to add when the intial 'new toy' shine has worn off a little.
I definitely think that the motion is better on the X35 than my older HD350, but I also think that ANSI contrast appears
to be better: I plan to try measuring it at some point, just to see if it's real or imagined. I know that if I don't set up my 'bat tent' and other dark materials to reduce reflection to the screen, that I measured 75:1 on my HD350. So using the same lux meter, test patterns and BluRay player then it should be a useful comparison. In full 'bat tent' set up I hit 230:1 with the HD350 so I'm hoping that once I've done some room improvements in the new year that I can hit or exceed that figure as I remember how good the HD350 looked when the room was rigged up (temporarily) to hit that figure. If the X35 has more ANSI contrast to start with, I have a better chance of exceeding my 230:1 target.
I was adjusting some settings in my Lumagen and the X35 went into 3D mode. The lamp goes up to full power and the increased fan noise was quite noticeable, so I hope I don't have to go to high lamp in the future as the lamp ages, though at -15 (and -9 for 2.35:1 lens use) I have plenty in hand.