I posted that Cine4Home link at Secrets (I'm da' Slimster). As I said there, I've put up the ping-ponging pattern on Avia and listened for iris movement in every mode on the projector, and I don't hear it do anything.
Jeremy, man that is some serious bulb time!!!! I got mine before you did and I have 1/5 the hours you have.
Yeah, but I'm a freak like that. I've done a LOT of movie watching... plus Lost, Alias, Deadwood, etc. in hi-def every week. For instance, this past weekend's viewing included Hostage, Hide And Seek, Cursed, Hitch, The Machinist and Oceans Twelve - so I put some serious hours on it. Now that I have a X-Box with Burnout 3, I imagine that bulb count will rise steadily.
My current settings: Bear in mind that I have a CC20R filter over the lens and am using a 1dB line level attenuator on the Cr component cable to bring red push to 0 (though that shouldn't affect anyone's settings). Start in POWERFUL mode and immediately turn the bulb down to theater black. User menu settings are:
Color Temp User
Gain R 0
Gain G +1
Gain B 0
Offset R 0
Offset G +2
Offset B +3
Auto Black Stretch On
Contrast Enhancement Off
Transient Improvement Off
I saved my settings this way and my settings from starting in Creative Cinema mode (both with the bulb in theater black mode and with the iris at -38), and starting in Powerful seems to give a much brighter white with less discoloration at 90IRE. Also, the intensity of each IRE level more closely matches that of my RPTV, at least by my eye. Contrast is nicely improved and there's a marked difference in shadow detail.