You totally solved the problem.
The size of the screen still seems odd. It's not 16X9.
But, whatever works I guess.
Happy ending for tngtrekkie - cool.
Yeah, me too about the border. Both my Sony BD player and PS3 show about an inch beyond the screen when not playing a movie, but once the movie starts it goes away (or maybe gets dark enough I don't notice. Hope it is some kind of light leak rather than pixel distortion..which would seem incredible odd in a digital product as opposed to say, a CRT.
This is my first post but I have been reading this thread for sometimes now.
I decided 3 weeks ago to buy my first projector. I did a lot of research and reading and finally bought a HD131XE with 4 DLP glasses from consignia.ca (I paid $888 canadian for the bundle). I hesitated between the HD131XE and HD25e but finally choose the HD131XE because it cost less (I missed the Costco.ca deal).
Since this thread was really useful to me, I'm gonna write a "short review", may it help some newbies like me! :) My english is far from perfect (I speak French), so I'm sorry for any mistake or "strange word" :)
First of all, I'm the type of guy who buy a TV and doesn't do any calibration. I'm really easy to please for colors and contrast, so what I found very good can be bad for others... I found the default color settings on the HD131XE to be comparable to my LCD TV (a Samsung LN40540) but I did use the following calibration settings posted sometime ago in this thread :
Dynamic Black: Low
Colour Settings:White - Red 0/Green 0/Blue -1, Red - Hue 0/Saturation -1/Gain -10, Green - H 10/S -2/G -3, Blue - H 10/S 0/G -22, Cyan - H 8/S -4/G -3, Magenta - H 19/S 4/G -16, Yellow - H 20/S -7/G 4
Of course the blacks are more "grey" than my LCD TV, but I expected that since a projector can't project "black" on the screen. I use the projector in a totally dark room and I'm thinking about painting the wall and ceiling dark blue to increase the contrast and blacks. I'm no expert, but the shadow details seem good to me! I'm posting some picture of Super Mario 3D World in Wii U at the bottom of this post, which is a very colorful game and it look so good! Overall, I'm really happy about the colors.
About the focus issue, it seems I have it, but it's really discrete. Truth be told, I don't think I would have noticed if I wasn't looking for it. I don't think I'll ship the projector to Optoma, since I don't really notice it, even in games. But still, it's not perfect :) I have one year to decide lol!
I created my home theater in my basement, in a room dedicated to that use. The width of the room is 114 inches with a depth of 136 inches. The ceiling is 91 inches high. I made an hole in the back wall to install the projector in another room where is my located my congelator and some shelves (that room is very cold so it's a big plus for the projector). The projector is about 148 inch from the screen and I get a picture size of about 104" in diagonal. I made a custom white screen from blackout cloth and velveteen. It's about 107 inches in diagonal, but the projector doesn't fill it (I have about 2 inches free each side, top and bottom). With the blackout cloth, velveteen, wood and all the other stuff to make the screen, it cost me about $100 including taxes (I'm in Quebec, Canada)
I'm seating about 114" from the screen. I know the recommended distance is not that near, but I can not go further. But even at that distance, I don't have any problems. The image is really good and it don't hurt my eyes.
I read that the projector was silent and it really is! I could barely hear it on a table in same the room, and since I installed it in another room, I can't hear it at all. I made a custom ceiling mount since the one I bought didn't fit (It was the Kanto P101 from Costco.ca). I'm really happy of my custom mount because I didn't really trust a ceiling mount. I was afraid it would eventually fall on the concrete floor and destroy the projector... but with my custom mount I'm not afraid anymore. It's so "strong" that I could sleep on it :)
One thing I didn't expected and didn't read about was how to plug speakers in it :) I bought this projector for watching movies of course, but primarily for gaming. I have a Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U (and soon a Xbox One or PS4, maybe both!). Since the projector only have 1 HDMI In, I had a little problem :) I had plan to bought a "home theater kit" from Costo, the Samsung HT-F4530 for 249$ but it couldn't work since it only had 1 HDMI out and no HDMI IN. After some research, I bought a Pionner HTP-072 kit (for 299$) that come with a receiver with 4 HDMI IN and 1 HDMI Out. Problems solved! I had already plenty of HDMI cable from monoprice.com :)
Since installing the projector on Chritmas day, I played some games with each console and everything is perfect. I didn't notice any lag or others "bad things" that could impair my gaming experience. I have the same "quality gaming" than on my Samsung LCD, but with a bigger screen and what a change it made! It so immersive now! If you think it won't change your experience by much, you're wrong! Night and day for me!
I read a lot about DLP and rainbows but could not found a store to try it before buying, but I bought the HD131XE anyway even if I could not really return it (15% restock fee on consignia.ca + shipping make this a no return purchase) The verdict: I can see rainbows, but only if I'm looking for them by shaking by head really fast or looking up and down very fast. I just completed Red Faction Armageddon on Xbox 360 and some stage are really dark with high constrat (laser) and everything was fine, no rainbows. When looking at the ending credit for Red Faction, I did see some of them, but only I was was looking up and down the screen really really fast and it's not a move I normally do when playing, at least not that fast! I could not see them during the game and some levels have a ton of enemy and you have to look every where really fast... So if like me you were worried about rainbows, relax, it's not that much of a problem and definitely not a big as some picture on the Internet made me believe.
I didn't had many 3D movies at home, but I watched Iron Man 3 in 3D. By default my projector was on "VESA 3D" so it took my sometime to found the "DLP 3D" mode and make everything work. But once I made it work, every thing was fine. The 3D effect is good, but I'm not a good judge since I'm not really impressed by 3D, even at the theater. The only movie that really impressed me was Avatar, and It was the floating ball (or something round) at the beginning of the movie. I'm gonna buy Avatar 3D soon and post back about 3D.
The DLP glasses I got with my bundle were the "VIP 3D" glasses : http://www.consignia.ca/vip-3d-rechargeable-dlp-link-3d-glasses-for-optoma-gt760-gt750-hd25e-hd25-lv-hd33-more/ Since I didn't try others brands or RF glasses, I can't compare, but I'm very pleased with the effect, color and contrast of these glasses.
That conclude my very short review lol :) I'm really happy about my purchase and I hope this post will help some projectors newbie like me. If you have any questions, please ask them!
Here some pictures of my setup (I have a crappy camera and I'm very bad at taking picture (there always fuzzy!), so don't judge the projector quality on these, It so much better in real life)