A very big thanks to Tim Martin for his gracious hospitality, and for even considering me on this most innovative HT project.
I must say that this has been the most interesting demo that Iâ€™ve experienced in the past 10 years. This product had far exceeded any of my expectations. The blending was done very well, actually it was done too well. I was expecting to see much more of an overlap or edge distortion. Iâ€™ve seen edge matching before, but theyâ€™ve developed a very neat method of blending the two images together. This was very interesting to see, plus it was done in no time at all.
The thing that really blew my mind was the video performance of the device. Usually when you process and scale video you also incur some level of signal loss, or increase in pixelization. The Folsom device (blender/scaler/processor) was connected to a RCA DTC-100 and a Faroudja DVD player/scaler ($10K). The device took a scaled RGB signal from the Faroudja, and it processed it and scaled it to 1920x1040P. This process should have greatly degraded the image, because the original 720x480 native DVD image went through a double scaling process, so I was expecting to see major digital artifacting â€“ none. The RCA DTC-100 was also scaled to 1920x1040P as well, and it even made the DTC look better than what Iâ€™m used to seeing from it. For some reason, pans on my DTC-100 tends to break-up on some high resolution scenes on motion, but when watching a pan of the Grand Canyon on HDnet on this setup, I could not see any breaking up on this setup.
The most important thing was the punch of the picture. The signal from the Folsom device was so clean that it produced a very dynamic and bright image. The contrast level on both projectors was around 52, with brightness near 38. The blended image was very bright, much like digital. This was a direct hookup, there was no Extron amps or boosters being used. Even when the door was opened and light hit the screen, it did not wash out the image. This was not the case with the double stacks back in October. We had carefully looked for any distortion or flaw. We even ran some of the AVIA test patterns to see how well the double processing would show up on the test patterns. Even with the AVIA disk as test reference, still the image quality was exceptional. However, there was a bit of EE in the image, but further testing proved that that edge enhancement was on one of the input devices, and was not from the Folsom unit. The signal quality of this device was simply off-the-hook..
Thereâ€™s something really special if youâ€™re able to watch two 9â€ high performance projectors operate in full 4x3 aspect, in a side by side setup, thatâ€™ll allow you to operate both projectors in near half of what we usually run them at, but get twice the performance.
This is truly a top shelf product.
It was also great meeting so many good people, and to be able to place names with faces. I finally got a chance to see Steveâ€™s little Dwin in action. I had no idea a Dwin could look that good, but that performance was due to the masterful setup and calibration work of Mike Hamilton (Coyotes). Now, if a DWIN could only grow up and be a real top CRT projector :D.. just kidding Steve :)
I'm waiting with tip toe anticipation, for the next demo...
Thanks Tim, you're a giant of a person.