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post #151 of 2851
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Originally Posted by cgmoore View Post

I'm considering this one, but the short throw is really causing me problems.

My back wall is 13'4" from where the screen would be. The room is not light controlled and not likely to be... to any signifigant degree anyway. How large an image are we talking here, and how much screen gain would I need to get an acceptable image?

I noticed the OP has had an LT150. I have a LT150z right now. I've heard people complain about the noise from the HD7100. Surely it is a vast improvement from the LT150?

Thanks,
Gerald


You should be able to achieve a 106" to 133" inch screen from 13'.4" back to the lens. According to the manual which you can also view at

http://www.optomausa.com/PDFs/userma...ser_Manual.pdf

I would suggest a 92" to 106" inch diagonal screen especially if going gray. I would go with a high contrast gray screen like the Optoma Gray Wolf or other brand. I have a gray surface screen and prefer it, as it helps control any stray ambient light like what you describe you may have. It also improves black levels and the contrast of the projected image. I would say between 1.0 and 1.3 max for gain, any less and it may be too dim and any more may be to bright with possible other negatives like hot spots and colour variations.

Noise of image not bad and noise from projector fan not bad either in low mode which is what I am operating in.

Tom do you concur?

Mike
post #152 of 2851
Rebate extended...
post #153 of 2851
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Originally Posted by upnorth View Post

Optoma has already announced a price drop to below $3,000.00 MSRP. See the info and review of the HD7100 from projector reviews.com.


I expect to see the promo extend or the price drop . I'll post if there is any indication of such
I'm really bummed about the 7100 reviews however I still think its a strong projector once a couple of fixes go through.
...I dont know why everyone is always surpirsed with the throw issue with DLPs. This short throw is somewhat common with low end DLP vs. LCD.

TicoTVA
post #154 of 2851
Yep, extended until 7/31. The hd72 just got the $300 rebate to and they dropped the free bulb offer.

post #155 of 2851
Hey Dave
Where did you see that extanded the rebate already, on they're site? dealer?
post #156 of 2851
2 Questions:

1 On the layout menu, I do not see the option for "H Position" or "V Position". I have the options there for H and V Keystone, but the manual shows there should be the other two options under H-V Postion Function. Why am I not seeing them?

2 Why is the "Deinterlacing" option greyed out for me on the options menu? I'm guessing that while connecting via HDMI/DVI it gets greyed out but I'm curious as to why. Even if I choose "through" while passing the 480i signal from my DVD player to the receiver to the PJ it still is greyed out. I'd like to try the PJ's scaler as opposed to the DVD player's or my receiver's (Yamaha 2600). What am I missing?
post #157 of 2851
dealer sites. Try some at the top of the page!
post #158 of 2851
You can get the H/V & Vertical Shift with the Scaler. You can also adjust an image H/V by 100 pixels in each direction. You could form your own 4.3 size or 2.35 size view if you choose.

I've seen the deinterlacing for 480i component and it tested very good with the HQV test DVD. You can get to the Scaler over HDMI though I haven't tried it. I did try 480i and 1080i to the Scaler and deinterlacer took a giant step up.

Approaching 500hrs now and not too many issues. Still we need an overscan feature for white noise or at least a vertical shift. It's definitely in the making plus they're working on home firmwares, no guarantees yet but's it high up on the list. I asked about that just last week, we need in home firmware capabilities.
post #159 of 2851
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Originally Posted by Dave Mack View Post

dealer sites. Try some at the top of the page!


Great I see Dave
Thanks
post #160 of 2851
Tom,

It would be nice if Optoma would consider home firmware updates across the board and not just the HD7100.

Wayne
post #161 of 2851
That was the plan, makes it easy all around.
post #162 of 2851
WOOHOO!!

Not that my perfect H78 and H57 projectors need a firmware update mind you.

Wayne
post #163 of 2851
It looks like I might be selling my trusty old h57 tomorrow. What to do now...
The hd7100 sounds appealing but all of these issued have me wary. I want to get an hd-a1 but it might be pointless with this PJ, yes? Everyone reccomends using the 1080i output on the Tosh.
Maybe the hd72? IN76? Mits Hc3000?

post #164 of 2851
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Originally Posted by Dave Mack View Post

It looks like I might be selling my trusty old h57 tomorrow. What to do now...
The hd7100 sounds appealing but all of these issued have me wary. I want to get an hd-a1 but it might be pointless with this PJ, yes? Everyone reccomends using the 1080i output on the Tosh.
Maybe the hd72? IN76? Mits Hc3000?


Personally, I wouldn't base the choice of your projector around a 1st generation HD DVD player. I'm a happy owner of a HD7100 so I might be bias but I've had zero problems with mine, and the picture quality is astonishing to me. I'm sure the other PJs you've listed are great PJs too, but keep this in mind; I went to a very high end A/V store yesterday where the had the Toshiba HD-XA1, the high end version of it on display playing "Apollo 13". They were very dissapointed with it, and repeatedly told me that they wouldn't sell it to me. They weren't against HD DVD, just the buggy player for a number of reasons including 2minute power on times, HDCP issues where frequent power off and ons are required and other issues common to most first generation products. I would wait a few months for better and cheaper players to come out, or at least for firmware to come out and fix the some of the current issues. I'm by no means trying to downplay the quality of picture the HD-XA1 put out, I'm sure that people who own then are thrilled with the picture. I just wanted to through my two cents in about changing your idea about purchasing the Optoma HD7100 based partly on the fact that it has compatibility issues with a DVD player. I'd find a HD DVD player that worked with my PJ, not a PJ to work with the DVD player I own. But hey, what do I know?
post #165 of 2851
With the new rebate and already low price for a pretty solid DC3 projector it would be hard to pass up if you're in the market.

Wing did get a new firmware for his HDA1 and it worked allot better, but he still had a few HDMI errors and had to pull the cable to reboot.

Flyhigh makes a good point. I wouldn't recommend the HD72 over the HD7100 just because the HDA1 will work with the HD72. I've ab'd the 72 and 7100 manys times the difference is hugh.

Most I could get was 2000.1 with the 72. I got an easy 4300.1 with the 7100 and that's after tuning down to D65k.
post #166 of 2851
I hear ya guys but I am planning on getting a Tosh. It seems silly that if I buy this projector I can't use a specific player that pretty much everyone else is fine with now with the firmware upgrades. Also, my comcast HD is 1080 i...!
post #167 of 2851
Tom,

What's the best you got with an H78?

Wayne
post #168 of 2851
H79 2900.1
post #169 of 2851
Not too shabby at all. Not 4300:1 mind you but still very good indeed.

Thanks Tom,

Wayne
post #170 of 2851
Well, projector number 3 now has problems. Optoma has now struck out with me. If I have a computer plugged into the computer input the bulb refuses to fire. Blue light shuts off, fan blows, no bulb fire. The computer input worked fine with my previous projector, an InFocus X1. Time to get ANOTHER RA and return this thing.
post #171 of 2851
Mine did the slow startup again just yesterday. It did that a couple of times when it had low hours.

What I see with mine is first the blue LED light goes off, fans start and the bulb shows some light. Then the bulb will go off and the fans keep running. I don't unplug or anything I just wait a little longer then I'll see the blue LED flash once, after that the bulb fully lights up.

Do you see a small amount of light at first like the bulbs trying to ignite? If so wait longer and maybe the LED will flash again which should start up another bulb strike cycle.

It this keeps up it's best to get it fixed false starts aren't good for bulb life.
post #172 of 2851
This is my third one. I am going to get it "fixed" by returning it and looking elsewhere.
post #173 of 2851
rking,

sorry to hear that you have struck out. I have "officially" taken this projector off of my short list due to some of the issues that you have had and some of the initial problems listed with this pj.

I would have had to serious redesign of my ht to accommodate this projector, but at one time I thought that it just might be worth it; now not so much.

I have always had the Epson 550 at the top of my short list and I am thinking I should stop spending so much time researching other pj's and just bite the bullet and purchase it.

What are you thinking about getting now? Would love to here what you get next. Good luck on your next pj, hopefully you have all the bad luck used up now!

Regards,

RTROSE
post #174 of 2851
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I would have had to serious redesign of my ht to accommodate this projector, but at one time I thought that it just might be worth it; now not so much.

I kept trying this one because it fit in the exact same spot where I had my former InFocus x1 mounted. I NEEDED the short throw. Looks like anything else that I get will require more holes in the ceiling and patching existing holes, not to mention a whole new batch of cables and AC wiring.

Has anyone here been successful in using this projector with a computer? I am attempting to test it using my laptop, which should be a plug and play type situation (after setting up the computer for two screens). Everytime I plug in the computer the bulb shuts down and stays down for several minutes. When it comes back it works fine on component #2 input, but still won't show the computer. I had previously used my X1 many times with the computer to give various presentations (a use to which I wasn't planning to use this projector for).
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What are you thinking about getting now?

I have no idea at this point.
post #175 of 2851
I gotta tell you guys, I am really wondering what happened to Optoma lately. I owned an H57 which looked FAB, never had an issue at ALL. I sold it to move up to 720P land and I am wondering what's going on. The hd72 had a bunch that would have a unit/lamp hours reset, the h78's and 79's are burning through lamps like no tomorrow and now all these problems with the 7100. Buying an optoma now is like playing Russian Roulette. What happened to them? I LOVED the pic. I had from my h57 but wanted more resolution. Is Optoma actually stepping up to the plate and doing anything about this? Any manufacturer with a product that varies between a 25% and 50% defect rate is doing something wrong IMHO....

d
post #176 of 2851
BUYER BEWARE....I just replaced my excellent Optoma EP910 with the HD7100 due to needing a short throw lens and I could not be more dissapointed. The image quality is horrible...fuzzy and completley weak and washed out looking. There's got to be a problem with this unit..my hidef sat pictures look almost as bad as a standard off air 480 signal.
post #177 of 2851
The picture on mine (in fact all 3 so far) has been GREAT. I can't complain about that at all. If your's is not good your unit has a problem.
post #178 of 2851
Good lord,

I don't want to be all alarmy but WHAT'S GOING ON?!?!?!? Who's minding the store?
Every new post I read in an optoma thread is making me want to cross them off of my consideration list. I sympathize with all of the owners having these issues. I for one have a VERY low tolerance for defective products that I pay my hard earned money for especially if the company is denying what's going on. If you have a product with a high number of defects, do the right thing. Do a recall, a swap program if it gets fixed or just come clean. I went through HELL with Dell and their atrocious customer service with our laptop, the Inspiron 1150, that was poorly designed, overheats , slowing the computer down to a crawl and even crashing it completely requiring a hard drive swap. After searching online I came across literally hundreds of owner's posts with the same problem and DELL never admitted the poor design. The time wasted dealing with that issue was ridiculous. I don't think I could deal with that kind of stress again. I live in Cali. and would probably drop into Optoma and raise hell.

But I'm kinda nuts...
post #179 of 2851
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The picture on mine (in fact all 3 so far) has been GREAT. I can't complain about that at all. If your's is not good your unit has a problem.

RKing, no offense dude but I think that is a really funny statement. "ALL 3" of my hd7100's have had a great pic. so your unit must have had a problem. Dude, you are on your 3rd unit!!!! I think yours have had "problems" too!!!


post #180 of 2851
BUYER BEWARE....I just replaced an excellent Optoma EP910 with the HD7100 due to needing a short throw lens and I could not be more dissapointed. The image quality is horrible...fuzzy and completley weak and washed out looking. There's got to be a problem with this unit..my hidef sat pictures look almost as bad as a standard off air 480 signal.

Anybody want this thing cheap ? I want my EP910 back it was the best I've found with the exception of the placement issues.
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