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post #511 of 615
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Originally Posted by kraigk View Post

Sony gets an A for their incredible service and timely turnaround.

REMEMBER - I promised you that kind of experience
post #512 of 615
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

That's good news. Well, except the 1080p/24 part. How is the picture now? Better?

The picture is better than when I first got it. Brand new lamp and perfect convergance.

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Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

REMEMBER - I promised you that kind of experience

You spoke the truth!

I ran output from my Radiance XD via the DVI input this morning to compare DVI & HDMI. I haven't spent much time with it but remember why I have used HDMI almost exclusively. I get random picture noise on DVI. Does anyone experience this? It looks perfect and then there'll be a bit of static, maybe 4 or 5 pixel high and a foot wide. Kinda like antenna interference.
post #513 of 615
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Originally Posted by kraigk View Post

I ran output from my Radiance XD via the DVI input this morning to compare DVI & HDMI. I haven't spent much time with it but remember why I have used HDMI almost exclusively. I get random picture noise on DVI. Does anyone experience this? It looks perfect and then there'll be a bit of static, maybe 4 or 5 pixel high and a foot wide. Kinda like antenna interference.

I have NOT Experienced any DVI problems as you
describe.

However when I output 1080p/48 from either of
my Video Processors to the Ruby - the picture
is MUCH SOFTER - CRT LIKE. If you look at a detailed
scene - like in Phantom Of The Opera - Blu-Ray - the
chapter when the Phantom comes down the Opera
hall stairs - the Opera Hall has FANTASTIC Detail.

I compared that scene back to back with 1080p/60 HDMI
versus 1080p/48 DVI.

I can't watch the DVI. The detail gets all SOFT - aka NOT CRISP.
post #514 of 615
You should see the new VW60 at 1080p/23.98. It is super sharp!
post #515 of 615
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

You should see the new VW60 at 1080p/23.98. It is super sharp!

I'm sure it is

It has HDMI in and Convergence
post #516 of 615
More importantly the price!
post #517 of 615
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

I am working on modifying HDMI cables to help with the EDID issue that sometimes occurs. Hopefully I can crack this one...

The Gefen DVI Detective solved my EDID issues thru HDMI after I programmed it on the DVI input and locked it.
post #518 of 615
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Originally Posted by Health Nut View Post

By the way, the VW-200 has a 400W xenon bulb, same as Ruby but with a 2500 life expectancy... Joe, maybe you should return that bulb... I bet you could use the new improved VW-200 bulb... improved in terms of 2500 hours...

Guys, we need to figure out about the VW-200 bulb, it could be great for a Ruby bulb replacement... might work and last 2500 hours and age more gracefully..... Both are 400W xenons....

???
My Ruby bulb is rated 2500 hours, and I have already reached 1800.
Where did you get a Ruby with an only 1000 hours bulb ?
post #519 of 615
The Ruby bulbs retailed at $1,000.00 and were rated for 1,000 hours, hence people bitched about the $1.00/hr bulb usage... If you havea 2,500 hour bulb, it must be a NEW design, same as the VW-200... Would be nice if that is true...
post #520 of 615
geeji, I just tried the DVI detective and it would not pass my HD DVD player signal. Am I doing something wrong. I tried a couple different DVI adaptors and cables. I know it is not HDCP compliant so maybe that is what is happening...
post #521 of 615
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Originally Posted by Health Nut View Post

The Ruby bulbs retailed at $1,000.00 and were rated for 1,000 hours, hence people bitched about the $1.00/hr bulb usage... If you havea 2,500 hour bulb, it must be a NEW design, same as the VW-200... Would be nice if that is true...

My Ruby was bought in January 2006, one of the earliest available. The original bulb lasted for 2500 hours until the menu notice came up. It would have lasted longer if I hadn't decided to replace it. I don't understand what this 1000 hour myth is.
post #522 of 615
Thanks Alan,

This thread is going to be a great help
post #523 of 615
Is this really a different bulb or the same one with a more realistic spec for expected lifetime? Is the cost lower due to greater sales volume?
post #524 of 615
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Originally Posted by ericlhyman View Post

Is this really a different bulb or the same one with a more realistic spec for expected lifetime? Is the cost lower due to greater sales volume?

I also have a Feb 2006 ruby with 1400 hrs on the lamp...still looks great...Ive always thought it to be 2500 hrs life with some brightness loss after a couple of hundred hrs

charlie
post #525 of 615
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

geeji, I just tried the DVI detective and it would not pass my HD DVD player signal. Am I doing something wrong. I tried a couple different DVI adaptors and cables. I know it is not HDCP compliant so maybe that is what is happening...

Joerod, I used DVI Detective successfully with an HTPC outputing NON-HDCP 1920x1080p.
If your HD DVD player output is 1080p and thus HDCP protected, it is unfortunately normal DVI detective cannot pass it. I apologize if my post, for lack of details, let you believe the opposite.
I believe Gefen is working on an update of DVI Detective which may also be "HDCP passthru" so you may want to check that with their friendly support and return your present version for exchange with the new one when it becomes available.
Just in case, also check that your DVI Detective is properly programmed and locked on your projector, and test the connection direct from HD-DVD->VideoProj with the DVI Detective Power Supply IN : contrary to what the manual says, even after locking, you may need the power supply in some cases; also if you have an AVR or switch in between, it may be the source of your problem.
I could not understand why I did not get a stable image either, just to discover my Yamaha RX-V2600, supposedly "HDMI 1.1" was actually incapable of passing thru 1080p video
post #526 of 615
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Originally Posted by Bill Cruce View Post

My Ruby was bought in January 2006, one of the earliest available. The original bulb lasted for 2500 hours until the menu notice came up. It would have lasted longer if I hadn't decided to replace it. I don't understand what this 1000 hour myth is.

My Ruby was bought in December 2005, and was rated for 2500 Hours.
AFAIK, all Rubys since day one were 2500 Hours rated.
post #527 of 615
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Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

I have NOT Experienced any DVI problems as you
describe.

However when I output 1080p/48 from either of
my Video Processors to the Ruby - the picture
is MUCH SOFTER - CRT LIKE. If you look at a detailed
scene - like in Phantom Of The Opera - Blu-Ray - the
chapter when the Phantom comes down the Opera
hall stairs - the Opera Hall has FANTASTIC Detail.

I compared that scene back to back with 1080p/60 HDMI
versus 1080p/48 DVI.

I can't watch the DVI. The detail gets all SOFT - aka NOT CRISP.

I have compared, 60 hz DVI-AUTO MODE with HDMI.It is exactly the same.

But....with my computer, ATI card 2600XT at 48 hz (only DVI possible), picture get so soft there is such a lack of contrast, that I don't understand....

Is this the Ruby's doing or is it the computer??????

Really pitty, I can't get the same depth and contrast, but in 48 hz, it is much smoother! BTW same thing in 50 Hz!
post #528 of 615
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Originally Posted by indieke2 View Post

I have compared, 60 hz DVI-AUTO MODE with HDMI.It is exactly the same.

But....with my computer, ATI card 2600XT at 48 hz (only DVI possible), picture get so soft there is such a lack of contrast, that I don't understand....

Is this the Ruby's doing or is it the computer??????

Really pitty, I can't get the same depth and contrast, but in 48 hz, it is much smoother! BTW same thing in 50 Hz!

Same here, the image from the DVI port is too soft for my taste. IRCC it has to do with the signal processing within the Ruby; there is a difference between how it processes HDMI and DVI signals (one can see this e.g. by the different amount of setting options for those inputs).

In regards to lack of contrast, I could imagine that you are seeing the differences between Video and PC level (16-235 vs. 0-255). As opposed to the first issue this is something you should be able to calibrate.
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Axel
post #529 of 615
Yes, there is a hudge difference, auto, better contrast!

But I think I was not clear enough. At 60 hz, there is NO difference btween the DVI, and HDMI port!

It is at 48 hz, it gets really soft!
post #530 of 615
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Originally Posted by indieke2 View Post

Yes, there is a hudge difference, auto, better contrast!

But I think I was not clear enough. At 60 hz, there is NO difference btween the DVI, and HDMI port!

It is at 48 hz, it gets really soft!

Yep, that's what I am seeing too. See here.
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Axel
post #531 of 615
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Originally Posted by Axel View Post

Same here, the image from the DVI port is too soft for my taste.
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Axel

That's what I have been saying. I'm glad you
see the softness. I can't look at it.
post #532 of 615
I have configured Powerstrip-coloursettings and you can compensate rather well with this!
post #533 of 615
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Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

That's what I have been saying. I'm glad you
see the softness. I can't look at it.

Me neither.
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Axel
post #534 of 615
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Originally Posted by indieke2 View Post

I have configured Powerstrip-coloursettings and you can compensate rather well with this!

Can please elaborate on this?

TIA!
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Axel
post #535 of 615
Suggestions on good reliable places to buy replacement Ruby bulbs?

Anyone doing re-furbs on them yet?

FWIW, the bulb may be rated for 2500 hours (I don't know if it is or not), but my first Ruby bulb only lasted just over 1131 hours. The current one has ~900 hours on it and appears to be dimming signficantly.

See: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...34#post9449234
post #536 of 615
FWIW, this page says "average bulb life: 1500 hours":

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ment_Lamp.html
post #537 of 615
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Originally Posted by Axel View Post

Can please elaborate on this?

TIA!
____
Axel

Well a part from giving you the output frequency you want, Powerstrip can give you more opportunities to "tweak" your card. If you go right mouse click under properties, colour-settings, you can adjust brightness contrast, colour settings and even gamma!

I have another question though.....With Powerdvd, latest version with two dvi adapters, one on the ATI card, and the other on the Ruby, connected by a HDMI câble, my HDCP, will not be activated.

With the connection to the hDMI port on the Ruby, everything is fine, but then of course no 47.976 HZ!

Someone knows a way around this?
post #538 of 615
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Originally Posted by kraigk View Post

I sent my Ruby in for service due to the lamp not firing up issue. It went in on Monday September 24th UPS 3 day air and I got back yesterday, the 4th of October. Amazing turnaround.
While it was at Sony I talked to Juan and he explained that they had installed the hard start mod kit, replaced the lamp and had replaced the optical block. The first two items I was expecting but the optical block was news. I was always about a half pixel off and suspect shipping knocked it further out. Long story short all three items were replaced no charge. It was sent back next day air at their expense.

I did ask about 24p capabilities and he really knew nothing of this. I didn't expect much here. If there were a firmware or hardware upgrade path we would have heard about it.

Sony gets an A for their incredible service and timely turnaround. This is the best experience I've ever had in getting service for anything in consumer electronics. My theater was offline for 10 days, 5 of which were shipping and the weekend.

I contrast this with the F that I gave JVC for their service of my HD2K two years ago. They had the pj for two months and then sent it back not working right. I had to hound them for answers. I don't know if things are the same today, I hope not. I was offline for nearly 3 months by the time this problem was fixed.


I dropped mine off at Magnolia today (I bought an extended warantee). I'll report back on how it goes. They seemed to think their repair guys could fix it. I doubted them. We'll see.
post #539 of 615
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Originally Posted by cek View Post

I dropped mine off at Magnolia today (I bought an extended warantee). I'll report back on how it goes. They seemed to think their repair guys could fix it. I doubted them. We'll see.

My tech at Gramiphone, MD, assured me that Sony would not allow them to do any sort of major repair, that is, modules etc. Rather, they were required to send it in for things like convergence issues. I looked back at your earlier entries but do not see where you mention what you took it in for. I'd like to express my concern for your unit if your dealer's repair dept. tries something they aren't authorized to do, perhaps in the interest of expedience.

And what the heck, if Sony is replacing bulbs for free, then I say let them, and God bless em, each and every one of them, (and a special thanks to Juan who replaced my optical block, bulb and added the hard start mod)
post #540 of 615
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Originally Posted by jkmw View Post

My tech at Gramiphone, MD, assured me that Sony would not allow them to do any sort of major repair, that is, modules etc. Rather, they were required to send it in for things like convergence issues. I looked back at your earlier entries but do not see where you mention what you took it in for. I'd like to express my concern for your unit if your dealer's repair dept. tries something they aren't authorized to do, perhaps in the interest of expedience.

And what the heck, if Sony is replacing bulbs for free, then I say let them, and God bless em, each and every one of them, (and a special thanks to Juan who replaced my optical block, bulb and added the hard start mod)

See my post here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...0#post12663960

(Got it back today and Magnolia HiFi replanced the power supply, lap igniter, AND the lamp).
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