Originally Posted by tvted
This is the perfect place to post.
Its interesting to hear your impressions coming from a CRT.
What screen size / seating ratio are you at? Are you sitting at a different distance than CRT?
I just did a search for another post of mine and found this thread again, please pardon the long response time
I was watching on the same crt screen and seating distance. It is a 100" screen and I am sitting about 1.45 seating ratio.
The motion blurring, for some reason, after watching many many dvds, is gone except for my copy of LOTR Two Towers. One of the things I did since the original post was to use the HDMI input which was a great improvement in quality over the VGA input I originally used. Everything was drastically clearer and better defined and I knew I was keeping this projector at the point I switched to HDMI.
I also bought an OPPO upconverting hdmi dvd player since then and the only dvd to have the extreme motion blurring was, again, my copy of LOTR Two Towers. It is the DTS Widescreen Version, Blue Cover. I never noticed any problem with it on my CRT and felt the background pans were beautiful. I have no idea why, but it looks terrible on the Panny. I think I am going to buy a different copy and see how it looks, because all other films I have seen with fast panning look acceptable or better.
I have also done a lot different physical setups and calibrations and am getting to know my way around this machine (and its relationship to my source players) pretty well. The picture quality has definately improved since I first posted and I am happy with it.
My GAF is way up now too. The OPPO and Panny are really loved by her, and I am in the process of building a new HTPC and don't have to worry about whether she can operate it since she prefers the OPPO.
In retrospect, I have to wonder if I now had some of the other PJ's I demo'd (or if I had time to take the ones I in-store demo'd home) and play with them for a few months would I not have had a similar result? There was a big curve learning and tweaking curve for me from out of the box to happiness, and I can honestly say that the only good Picture Quality PJ I demo'd before I bought this was the Marantz I in store demo'd at the local high end stereo store. From what I remember the Panny is close or better. I think I will watch a movie here and then go there and ask to demo the same movie again immediately aftwards one weekend to be sure.
I also wish I could real-time switch between my old CRT and the Panny now. As I recall it, The colors were more traditionally cinematic on the CRT and there was a little more depth on all material, although depth on the Panny can now take the audiences breath away as well it just doen't happen quite as often. The colors on the Panny are brighter and seem to have more clarity. My audiences mention the colors most often. The color on the Marantz and the Panny "popped" out at me too, and at first I did not like this, but now I am enjoying it.
Anyways, at this point I enjoying my AE700u a great deal. I am not technically a "convert" because I still love CRT PJ's too. Thanks to everyone here in the forums for helping me with setups and decisions. This forum is awesome!