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post #301 of 1027
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I have a Sony HW55 paired w/ a Oppo 103D and the Darbee adds just that little bit of extra depth to images that is enjoyable.

I set Reality Creation on all minimum settings and Darbee on HD 20% and that works nicely together without adding too much in the way of artifacts.

I would've been perfectly happy without the Darbee, but when you're spending thousands on the latest and greatest...you might as well go ahead and splurge on the best. cool.gif

What number are you setting reality creation at? 7 or 20?
post #302 of 1027
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What number are you setting reality creation at? 7 or 20?

gf,

RC = Minimum (slider all the way to the left) for Resolution and Noise Filtering. I find anything higher adds significant grain to the image unless it's a really high quality source.

For really high quality Blu-ray discs, I'll bump RC up to 10, but that's as much RC as I can take. The Darbee really does compliment RC well, albeit on low settings as well (HD 20%).
post #303 of 1027

Hey Guys and Gals.  First post here!  :)

 

I just bought the VPL-HW55ES last Friday (hope to have it installed by next weekend).  It was a bit strange buying a TV sight-un-seen as I did with this one.  I bought it strictly based on reviews and what I had read in this thread.  So hopefully you guys know what you are talking about!  ;)  Originally I was planning to purchase the JVC RS57U, however after reading several tales of handshake issues and specs that were less than advertised I was scared away from it.  Since my wife had given me the okay to get a new projector I figured I needed to do something before she changed her mind.

 

A few questions (please feel free to answer any or all of them):

 

1.  I'm coming from a JVC RS1 that I have had for the last six years or so.  I figured that there shouldn't be too much of a surprise since I have gotten used to the very similar technology between the JVC and the Sony.  My question is, does anyone have any familiarity between these two (the RS1 and the HW55), and if so how big or little of a difference do you think I will notice?  Since my projector was getting old (in terms of projectors) do you think this will be a pretty big difference, has tech advanced that much in the period between the two?

 

2.  I noticed that the manual states that the 3D image is only good to 5 meters or roughly 16.5 feet.  I wish that the salesman had mentioned that as I am a bit concerned as the second row (and last) in my theater is about 18 feet from the screen.  Will I be okay?  Is the 16.5 feet exact, or just some CYA in the manual?  Has anyone tested how far away the supplied glasses work?

 

3.  More questions about the 3D glasses:  The manual states that the glasses are recharged with the supplied USB charger cable.  However it never states where you hook the USB up to recharge.  Is it just in a standard USB outlet (like an iPhone charger, or the USB on the front of my Integra preamp)?

 

4.  Several pages back it was mentioned that the Playstation 3 3D glasses worked with this projector.  They do look much more reasonably priced that some other models, is there any reason not to buy them?  Has anyone had any negative experience with these glasses?

 

5.  Ceiling mounts.  Which ones to get?  Has anyone purchased anything from monoprice.com that is compatible?  I do like buying from them.

 

Thanks in advance!  Can't wait to get my new toy!


Edited by LeMansFan - 1/5/14 at 12:50pm
post #304 of 1027
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Originally Posted by LeMansFan View Post

Hey Guys and Gals.  First post here!  smile.gif
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2.  I noticed that the manual states that the 3D image is only good to 5 meters or roughly 16.5 feet.  I wish that the salesman had mentioned that as I am a bit concerned as the second row (and last) in my theater is about 18 feet from the screen.  Will I be okay?  Is the 16.5 feet exact, or just some CYA in the manual?  Has anyone tested how far away the supplied glasses work?

Five metres is the limit of the IR signal. You could buy a RF adaptor that will work for distances greater than five metres.
post #305 of 1027
I went the cheap route and used metal profiles from the local hardware shop. This way it cost me $5 and it hangs nicely.



post #306 of 1027
Welcome to the forum lemans. I swear as soon as they send mine (patiently waiting while twiddling my thumbs) I will check number 2 and 3 for you.


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Hey Guys and Gals.  First post here!  smile.gif

I just bought the VPL-HW55ES last Friday (hope to have it installed by next weekend).  It was a bit strange buying a TV sight-un-seen as I did with this one.  I bought it strictly based on reviews and what I had read in this thread.  So hopefully you guys know what you are talking about!  wink.gif  Originally I was planning to purchase the JVC RS57U, however after reading several tales of handshake issues and specs that were less than advertised I was scared away from it.  Since my wife had given me the okay to get a new projector I figured I needed to do something before she changed her mind.

A few questions (please feel free to answer any or all of them):

1.  I'm coming from a JVC RS1 that I have had for the last six years or so.  I figured that there shouldn't be too much of a surprise since I have gotten used to the very similar technology between the JVC and the Sony.  My question is, does anyone have any familiarity between these two (the RS1 and the HW55), and if so how big or little of a difference do you think I will notice?  Since my projector was getting old (in terms of projectors) do you think this will be a pretty big difference, has tech advanced that much in the period between the two?

2.  I noticed that the manual states that the 3D image is only good to 5 meters or roughly 16.5 feet.  I wish that the salesman had mentioned that as I am a bit concerned as the second row (and last) in my theater is about 18 feet from the screen.  Will I be okay?  Is the 16.5 feet exact, or just some CYA in the manual?  Has anyone tested how far away the supplied glasses work?

3.  More questions about the 3D glasses:  The manual states that the glasses are recharged with the supplied USB charger cable.  However it never states where you hook the USB up to recharge.  Is it just in a standard USB outlet (like an iPhone charger, or the USB on the front of my Integra preamp)?

4.  Several pages back it was mentioned that the Playstation 3 3D glasses worked with this projector.  They do look much more reasonably priced that some other models, is there any reason not to buy them?  Has anyone had any negative experience with these glasses?

5.  Ceiling mounts.  Which ones to get?  Has anyone purchased anything from monoprice.com that is compatible?  I do like buying from them.

Thanks in advance!  Can't wait to get my new toy!
post #307 of 1027
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Originally Posted by LeMansFan View Post

Hey Guys and Gals.  First post here!  smile.gif

I just bought the VPL-HW55ES last Friday (hope to have it installed by next weekend).  It was a bit strange buying a TV sight-un-seen as I did with this one.  I bought it strictly based on reviews and what I had read in this thread.  So hopefully you guys know what you are talking about!  wink.gif  Originally I was planning to purchase the JVC RS57U, however after reading several tales of handshake issues and specs that were less than advertised I was scared away from it.  Since my wife had given me the okay to get a new projector I figured I needed to do something before she changed her mind.

A few questions (please feel free to answer any or all of them):

3.  More questions about the 3D glasses:  The manual states that the glasses are recharged with the supplied USB charger cable.  However it never states where you hook the USB up to recharge.  Is it just in a standard USB outlet (like an iPhone charger, or the USB on the front of my Integra preamp)?

4.  Several pages back it was mentioned that the Playstation 3 3D glasses worked with this projector.  They do look much more reasonably priced that some other models, is there any reason not to buy them?  Has anyone had any negative experience with these glasses?

Thanks in advance!  Can't wait to get my new toy!

3. U can charge them from any USB port (they shd all be 5V).

4. I use 2 pairs of PS3 3D glasses and they work fine.
post #308 of 1027

Can you please let us know how far the range is on the glasses?  Do they work beyond the advertised 5 meters?  

 

Penang, one of my favorite places in the world!  It was about one year ago I was sitting on Monkey Beach all day reading a book while it was 30 degrees back home!  :)

post #309 of 1027
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Can you please let us know how far the range is on the glasses?  Do they work beyond the advertised 5 meters?  

 

Penang, one of my favorite places in the world!  It was about one year ago I was sitting on Monkey Beach all day reading a book while it was 30 degrees back home!  :)


In my case, the screen is less than 5m from the projector, so I cannot test for sync at a longer throw as its the length of the room...sorry.

Hope u enjoyed Penang enuf to come back one day. .

Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk
post #310 of 1027
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I went the cheap route and used metal profiles from the local hardware shop. This way it cost me $5 and it hangs nicely.



I hope that holds! lol
post #311 of 1027
I wouldn't trust that, and how the heck are you going to adjust it? eek.gif
post #312 of 1027
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I went the cheap route and used metal profiles from the local hardware shop. This way it cost me $5 and it hangs nicely.




Ummm.... No offense, but if you are going to spend what it takes to buy a 55es, why would you do this???eek.gif
Please tell me you at least hit the ceiling joists!
post #313 of 1027
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I went the cheap route and used metal profiles from the local hardware shop. This way it cost me $5 and it hangs nicely.




What are the screws in the ceiling secured to? If just the drywall or plaster, then you are risking your projector and anybody that sits or walks under it.
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post #314 of 1027
In regards to using a monoprice mount, I'm using the one with three octopus arms along with the separate 24" extension pole.

I doesn't quite work out they way it was intended due to the hole pattern not being spread out enough. Used the octopus arms on only the front two mount holes, and for the third center-rear mount hole I had to get a longer bolt and some washers so I could directly attach it to the mounting plate.





The mount setup itself is not the easiest thing to adjust, as you have to mildly loosen it only a little before attaching the PJ. From there it was mainly luck that allowed me to get it into a square and level position. I'm afraid to even touch it now that it's just right.
post #315 of 1027
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Originally Posted by LeMansFan View Post

Hey Guys and Gals.  First post here!  smile.gif

2.  I noticed that the manual states that the 3D image is only good to 5 meters or roughly 16.5 feet.  I wish that the salesman had mentioned that as I am a bit concerned as the second row (and last) in my theater is about 18 feet from the screen.  Will I be okay?  Is the 16.5 feet exact, or just some CYA in the manual?  Has anyone tested how far away the supplied glasses work?

3.  More questions about the 3D glasses:  The manual states that the glasses are recharged with the supplied USB charger cable.  However it never states where you hook the USB up to recharge.  Is it just in a standard USB outlet (like an iPhone charger, or the USB on the front of my Integra preamp)?

4.  Several pages back it was mentioned that the Playstation 3 3D glasses worked with this projector.  They do look much more reasonably priced that some other models, is there any reason not to buy them?  Has anyone had any negative experience with these glasses?

5.  Ceiling mounts.  Which ones to get?  Has anyone purchased anything from monoprice.com that is compatible?  I do like buying from them.

Thanks in advance!  Can't wait to get my new toy!

The following is based on a HW50ES, but I think you can assume it applies also to your HW55ES.

2. In my theater, 18ft from the screen did not sync reliably. It did much of the time, but if I settled back in my recliner it would drop out. If your front wall and screen are super reflective it might work. I'd try it out. If it doesn't work you can add an external IR emitter from Sony, which outputs a much stronger signal which is easily good from 25ft back. That's what I had to do. Alternatively, you can go with the new RF emitter. You'd need new glasses with the RF emitter though, so more $.

3. Yes, it's a standard USB port. You can charge them anywhere (computer, PS3 etc)

4. The quality of the PS3 glasses matches up fully to the supplied glasses. They're that little bit lighter, but they seem to grip the head that little bit tighter. For kids, they're preferable but for adults it's a toss-up. The PS3 glasses make it easier to access the charging port but are a little harder to turn on and off. I added 4 PS3 glasses in my set-up to accommodate 6 viewers in total.

5. I went with this mount and it worked out great. I had to rmove one of the supplied mounting arms but the projector is held steady and I have no worries that it cant't take the weight. Good considering it's mounted above my head.
post #316 of 1027
I understand your concerns, but let me explain. The ceiling is pure concrete. I drilled holes in the ceiling and used plugs for the screws. I know it might not look it, but its incedibly sturdy. My previous projector was mounted the same way for 2,5 years and I never had a problem with it. The metal profiles have a carrying capacity of more than 10KG. the projector has 3 of them, so with a maximum of 30kg, I am only using 33%. It won't fall.
post #317 of 1027
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How the heck are you going to adjust it? eek.gif

I alligned the holes carefully by measuring. Because the metal profiles are all the same length, it hangs absolutely straight. Lens shift does the rest.
post #318 of 1027
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I understand your concerns, but let me explain. The ceiling is pure concrete. I drilled holes in the ceiling and used plugs for the screws. I know it might not look it, but its incedibly sturdy. My previous projector was mounted the same way for 2,5 years and I never had a problem with it. The metal profiles have a carrying capacity of more than 10KG. the projector has 3 of them, so with a maximum of 30kg, I am only using 33%. It won't fall.

The plastic inserts are okay, but I would switch them out and use Tapcon (concrete) screws. There are other brands of concrete screws. Tapcon was just the first and what many in the construction industry call them. Tapcon screws hold much better as far as pull out goes. Also using the same hole in the brackets, will not get the projector perfectly level if the concrete is not perfectly level. I have yet to see a perfectly level ceiling. If the ceiling was precast, it is made with camber, so it never turns out to be perfectly flat, even after deflection. If it is cast in place, then it has deflection. I used to build a lot of schools, hospitals and other projects using cast in place concrete and precast.
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post #319 of 1027
Question for owners -- and I did peruse the owners manual, and found little help. I am strongly considering this projector for a new home theater which is currently under construction (along with house that will be built around the theater -- but that's the wife's territory).

I will have all of the components in a dedicated AV closet and plan to use one of the new Harmony Smart Control remotes to control everything, and have dedicated conduit for pulling HDMI, ethernet, and other cabling.

Question: So on the back of the unit is an input call the "IR input" -- looks like a 3.5mm jack. Is this a hardline input allowing you to hardline in your IR commands using something like the Harmony Smart Control hub?

Thanks in advance.
post #320 of 1027
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Question: So on the back of the unit is an input call the "IR input" -- looks like a 3.5mm jack. Is this a hardline input allowing you to hardline in your IR commands using something like the Harmony Smart Control hub?

Thanks in advance.

I don't have it yet, it's on order, but yes, it is for an ir remote repeater system such as this ( http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=109&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011009&p_id=9895&seq=1&format=2) one from monoprice. $18 and it works great. I use mine with a Harmony One and it works perfectly. Instead of using the supplied ir emitters, just plug in a 3.5mm male to male cord between the pj and the ir repeater switch.
Edited by mbroder - 1/8/14 at 4:54pm
post #321 of 1027
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I don't have it yet, it's on order, but yes, it is for an ir remote repeater system such as this ( http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=109&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011009&p_id=9895&seq=1&format=2) one from monoprice. $18 and it works great. I use mine with a Harmony One and it works perfectly. Instead of using the supplied ir emitters, just plug in a 3.5mm male to male cord between the pj and the ir repeater switch.

Perfect ... thank you! Good news!
post #322 of 1027
Has anyone else noticed that the default contrast is much too high for most modes? After calibrating, most of mine were around 50. GAME for example uses MAX contrast, which totally blows out the highs.
post #323 of 1027
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Originally Posted by Skrill View Post

Question for owners -- and I did peruse the owners manual, and found little help. I am strongly considering this projector for a new home theater which is currently under construction (along with house that will be built around the theater -- but that's the wife's territory).

I will have all of the components in a dedicated AV closet and plan to use one of the new Harmony Smart Control remotes to control everything, and have dedicated conduit for pulling HDMI, ethernet, and other cabling.

Question: So on the back of the unit is an input call the "IR input" -- looks like a 3.5mm jack. Is this a hardline input allowing you to hardline in your IR commands using something like the Harmony Smart Control hub?

Thanks in advance.

I use a Harmony Logitech One and everything works right out of the box. There is a preset in the Logitech database for the Sony VPL-HW55. So no worries.
post #324 of 1027
Cine4Home actually had an article on Cine4Home Edition check on the Sony HW55ES. It details the checks they did on multiple units for the edition but it also provides numbers and the differences with the older Sony HW50ES. I am not sure if I am allowed to post the link here. But u can google and translate
post #325 of 1027
So I'm thinking of upgrading my 100" Black diamond 16:9 screen to a 2.35 screen Black diamond 1.4 gain. I'm at 14' throw distance, what size 2.35 screen could I do? It's a family room, with lots of ambient light.

So in my research does that mean I just need to get this http://www.panamorph.com/?page_id=2171 panamorph lens? $2K? Do I also need a video scaler like the lumagen?

I'm hoping in a year or so I upgrade to 4K. After walking CES and seeing 4K, I need it!! Just want to make sure I'm future proofing a bit if I end up getting a lens.

Thanks1
post #326 of 1027
This lens that I have on sale will work w what you have.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1509803/hometheaterbros-com-anamorphic-lens-for-sale
post #327 of 1027
Thinking about getting this projector. Projecting onto a 106" screen. Will it handle a throw distance of about 18' ?
post #328 of 1027
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Thinking about getting this projector. Projecting onto a 106" screen. Will it handle a throw distance of about 18' ?


Projectorcentral.com has a spreadsheet or something that will answer your question. Look up the pj first on their site.

Ian B
post #329 of 1027
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Thinking about getting this projector. Projecting onto a 106" screen. Will it handle a throw distance of about 18' ?

No. I have a 106" screen and according to it's throw ratio the longest throw you can do for 106" is about 16'5". My throw distance is 16' so I ordered one( still on back order ).
Edited by mbroder - 1/12/14 at 7:12am
post #330 of 1027
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Originally Posted by Mr Ian B View Post

Projectorcentral.com has a spreadsheet or something that will answer your question. Look up the pj first on their site.

Ian B

Most of the new projectors are not listed on the calculator. Which is why I asked here. Although they did have the hw50 listed, wonder if I could use that one.
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