Originally Posted by Mike_in_FL
I am planning a similar set-up to yours (screen in front of entertainment center, mostly evening viewing), so I would be very interested to hear how it works out for you.
I am planning to feed all my sources into a VP30, then use a splitter/amp to feed my RPTV and the PJ (via a 30-35' HDMI cable). Anybody got a similar set-up? Did you find an amplifier was necessary? Any recommendations on a particular model or good source of quality cables?
Da-Lite sent me samples of there screen material. I was able to take my pj and the samples to my cousins, he has a dedicated HT room. I was able to do allot of testing not only with the samples but with source inputs.
My cousin has a Stewart screen (can't remember the model but it's white with a 1.3 gain) that I thought was excellent with his Barco CRT and my Optoma H78DC3. Of all the sample that I had, one was almost identical to his, in terms of contrast, brightness, color, and detail and that turned out to be the Video Spectra. I order the model C with CSR in 54x96 with the VS material today.
It seems we have the exact same setup. I've checked into a few DVI splitters, switchers, and DVI relays, only because I'm still not sure in which direction I want to go with my source and how I will ultimately connect that into my HT system. I obviously want all my sources (DVD, HD DTV, and SVHS) to go to both my RPTV and my PJ is one issue. The other is it worth the money for an outboard processor (in my case the HD iScan+), if I decide to go this direction I can use the iScan as my switcher. If I get a SDI card for the iScan this will leave the DVI input open for my DTV HD DVI input, otherwise I would have to get a DVI switcher.
When I was testing, I hooked up a cheap Toshiba 480p DVD player directly to my PJ and it looked really good. I then hooked up my cousin HTPC and let the computer upconvert, process the signal, putting it in the naive resolution of the pj, I expected excellent results. It was good but not as much improvement as I thought I was going to get. That brings me back to where now I'm thinking is it worth getting the iScan, but by the time I buy all the splitters and switchers and cabling running to both the RPTV an PJ, it'll probably cost me at least 50% of the iScan.
Enough rambling from me, let me know what you decide to do. You can email me to let me know what you decide on.