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post #91 of 387
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I had about 1300 on mine. I had sent the pj in for service, it had developed a noise that sounded like there were crickets in the room! Well it turned out to be the bulb. Sony service wanted to replace the bulb for list price. They also did the hard start mod and checked the convergence.

Yes the crickets is a very good description. I bought a second hand Ruby, still in guaranty and with prime support. Convergences were bad and I had the noise on a 300 hour lamp.

My unit was away for 2 months, when they gave it back they replaced the lamp (bulb too?) but the auto -iris was broken. Had to send it back, and after again two months Sony proposed to let me keep the replacement unit, that had 30 hours when I got it.

So I did. But soon the crickets were back, again around 300 hours!
post #92 of 387
I would send it back... Seriously, that is just unacceptable...
post #93 of 387
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Originally Posted by kraigk View Post

Charles,

I had to use these screws very little. They did work though. When you get it apart you'll see what I'm talking about. The lamp cand definitely be off center in the housing.

I am about to order two spare bulbs......will I be the second customer or has anyone else jumped in the 'pool' yet?

Peter
post #94 of 387
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Originally Posted by nine ball View Post

I am about to order two spare bulbs......will I be the second customer or has anyone else jumped in the 'pool' yet?

Peter

Come on Peter - Are you planning on ridding the
Ruby into the grave [GRIN]!

Save the money and BUY a new PJ instead [GRIN]
When it comes out.
post #95 of 387
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Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

Come on Peter - Are you planning on ridding the
Ruby into the grave [GRIN]!

Save the money and BUY a new PJ instead [GRIN]
When it comes out.

IF, it is a generational leap ahead of the Ruby I will be unable to prevent the purchase......I won't be able to sleep untill that thirst is quenched.......for the time being. BUT, it really, really has to be a generational leap forward. Besides Hank, I figure I'll keep the ruby for my wife's system.

Peter
post #96 of 387
Im still enjoying my Ruby and do not think it has been fully trumped yet. It holds its own by todays standards. It may remain a contender for another generation or so before being fully de throned which in todays fast pace advancements in technology I consider pretty good.
post #97 of 387
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Originally Posted by Alan Gouger View Post

Im still enjoying my Ruby and do not think it has been fully trumped yet. It holds its own by todays standards. It may remain a contender for another generation or so before being fully de throned which in todays fast pace advancements in technology I consider pretty good.

I don't disagree with either you or Peter.

But I have to expect the not-announced Diamond - will
make us all think about upgrading, since the Ruby is
still stuck in the 20th Century without 1080p/24 support.

I'll be disappointed if the Diamond does not make us jump
based on what I THINK I KNOW .
post #98 of 387
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Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

I don't disagree with either you or Peter.

But I have to expect the not-announced Diamond - will
make us all think about upgrading, since the Ruby is
still stuck in the 20th Century without 1080p/24 support.

I'll be disappointed if the Diamond does not make us jump
based on what I THINK I KNOW .

The lack of 24 on the Ruby is no concern for me as the Lumagen scaler allows me to take 24 or 1080i source and feed the projector 48 with the same judder free results.

As far the Diamond I would love to see the next king of the hill announced. I think all of us here share we are on the cutting edge regardless what we own and will always welcome advancement with open arms. Bring it on.

One thing to remember, everything sounds to god to be true until it ships and we get some real world feedback. Both the Ruby and the RS1 have their issues yet both remain a solid contender. The Diamond will have its issues. Nothing is perfect but with each new generation hopefully the manufactures are learning. What would make me jump the fence would not be a larger on/off number ( it would take a huge number beyond doubling for most to notice a difference ) but a doubling in ANSI for SXRD. I doubt we will see that in the Diamond but I never say never. It will most likely be brighter with some glitch fixes and some new features.
post #99 of 387
I plan to order a bulb soon. I will experiment with it right before football season begins!
post #100 of 387
As for the ruby, I agree with Alan. There still is not enough of a change in pic Q to make me jump. I still plan to keep the Ruby for another year or maybe longer. When something comes out that is night and day difference then I will think more about it. I am (so is mu family) still very happy with the pic Q in my theater. I do plan to one day settle with a 3 chip 1080p DLP but that will obvisouly be further down the road...
post #101 of 387
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Originally Posted by Alan Gouger View Post

The lack of 24 on the Ruby is no concern for me as the Lumagen scaler allows me to take 24 or 1080i source and feed the projector 48 with the same judder free results.

You may get Judder free - but the picture quality
over DVI - STINKS - versus HDMI.
post #102 of 387
Actually the pic Q on the Ruby (DVI and HDMI) are nearly identical. I still prefer using my HDMI input but that is mainly because everything else I have is HDMI...
post #103 of 387
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Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

You may get Judder free - but the picture quality
over DVI - STINKS - versus HDMI.

In addition to the Ruby I do at times spend weeks with other projectors including 3 hip 1080 DLP. All are HDMI. You might be seeing something I am not. I will also admit you may be more technical then myself so I do not know what to look for but I will say I hate HDMI. I find DVI far more stable in both build quality and performance as far as stability/ hand shaking. Just when DVI was working well they changed to HDMI and its been hell ever sense but from pure specs HDMI has DVI beat.
post #104 of 387
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

Actually the pic Q on the Ruby (DVI and HDMI) are nearly identical. I still prefer using my HDMI input but that is mainly because everything else I have is HDMI...

NO WAY JOSE!

YOU ARE THE Mr. A/B comparison person.

I can't watch anything on the DVI port that PQ is so bad.

Levesque and other reviewers confirm this.

The PQ softens.
post #105 of 387
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Originally Posted by Alan Gouger View Post

In addition to the Ruby I do at times spend weeks with other projectors including 3 hip 1080 DLP. All are HDMI. You might be seeing something I am not. I will also admit you may be more technical then myself so I do not know what to look for but I will say I hate HDMI. I find DVI far more stable in both build quality and performance as far as stability/ hand shaking. Just when DVI was working well they changed to HDMI and its been hell ever sense but from pure specs HDMI has DVI beat.

It is stable - I AGREE.

But it is a much SOFTER picture than HDMI.

See my previous post about other reviewers.

ALSO - what is your DVI Cable length?
post #106 of 387
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Originally Posted by drhankz View Post


The PQ softens.

We all know that the Ruby adds ringing. In this case I benefit from using the DVI port as to my eye if it is softer that leads to a more film look. But that is personal taste. If you prefer HDMI it is good we have this choice.

Edit: We posted at the same time. This is only the case with the Ruby. With other projectors using DVI they are not rolling off the upper frequency's. That is a related to the Ruby not the connector.
post #107 of 387
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Originally Posted by Alan Gouger View Post

We all know that the Ruby adds ringing. In this case I benefit from using the DVI port as to my eye if it is softer that leads to a more film look. But that is personal taste. If you prefer HDMI it is good we have this choice.

I use an Anthem D2 which has a Built in Video
Scaler - like the Lumagen - I can output 1080p/48
via DVI or 1080p/60 via HDMI - using a 1080p/24
Pioneer BDP-HD1 source.

I can do a live switch from one to the other.

When I use DVI - I feel like I'm going back to my
OLD CRT's which are now sitting in a JUNK pile
in my cellar. Maybe it looks more film-like - but
since I can switch back and forth in almost real-time
- I have a fresh comparison point.

As an example - I used Fantom of the Opera - Blu-Ray
as a test source.

I used the scene when they are in the Lobby of the
Opera house - which has tremendous detail. I even
FROZE the frame and switched back and forth. The
sharpness of the detail goes away via DVI.
post #108 of 387
You have to completely calibrate the DVI input to get it to your tastes. I have a crystalio II which pretty much can make anything look good. I have both inputs fully calibrated and when I would do A/B comparisons nearly everyone could not tell the difference. I don't know why you called me MR. A/B COMPARISON because many of us here at AVS compare products all the time. I did post I just use the HDMI input but I also use the DVI with my xbox 360 ELITE at 1080p... Now the ELITE looks awesome on the DVI input on the Ruby!
post #109 of 387
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Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

You may get Judder free - but the picture quality
over DVI - STINKS - versus HDMI.


Hank.......always the subtle member of the family!!!!!!

My head agrees with the majority view on this.....the Ruby is part of a generation that will be hard to beat in terms of WOW. Its sort of like the Lotus 123/Excell debate.....there was alot that could be said for both untill Microsoft changed the game with Office....Suddenly Lotus joins Novel, Banyon, Wordperfect and Harvard Graphics as 'the previous generation'. Annnd now its probably Google's turn at bat!

My heart sort of hopes that your instincts are correct Hank. I can hardly wait for the next technological leap that raises the emotional threshold for this stuff. Somehow I think I would very much like the machine that captured your desire.......I just agree that I think we may still be further from your dream than any of us would hope for in the short run. It also will probably NOT help the global warming debate which in turn makes it even less than a mediocre probabability for a priority from Sony.

If you get a chance take a look at 'THE Untouchables" in HD. I can only imagine what that movie would be like on a properly calibrated system. My Ruby with the new bulb out of the box was absolutely stunning. This movie made me really think seriously about changing my screen and delivering the proper aspect ratio as there was very little else I was missing for the best in 'home' entertainment!

Peter
post #110 of 387
My prediction 2009...
post #111 of 387
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Originally Posted by Alan Gouger View Post

We all know that the Ruby adds ringing. In this case I benefit from using the DVI port as to my eye if it is softer that leads to a more film look. But that is personal taste. If you prefer HDMI it is good we have this choice.

Edit: We posted at the same time. This is only the case with the Ruby. With other projectors using DVI they are not rolling off the upper frequency's. That is a related to the Ruby not the connector.

What irritates me even more - is I'm an EE - I have
the schematics of the Ruby. When I look at the DVI
logic path and the HDMI logic path - there is a minor
difference.

Also - Memory location 13 support 1080p/50.

Therefore the logic can easily support 1080p/48.

BUT SONY has the scan memory programmed to
turn-off the HDMI port if it sees a 48fps signal.

That SUCKS - because one memory change in
the Ruby could UPDATE the whole PJ to 1080p/48
vis HDMI.

Sony won't do it.
post #112 of 387
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

You have to completely calibrate the DVI input to get it to your tastes. I have a crystalio II which pretty much can make anything look good. I have both inputs fully calibrated and when I would do A/B comparisons nearly everyone could not tell the difference. I don't know why you called me MR. A/B COMPARISON because many of us here at AVS compare products all the time. I did post I just use the HDMI input but I also use the DVI with my xbox 360 ELITE at 1080p... Now the ELITE looks awesome on the DVI input on the Ruby!

Color calibration is one thing and I agree my DVI
is NOT calibrated. But no calibration can adjust
SHARPNESS that is a function of the PJ.

I called you Mr. A/B - because you have taken a
lot of valuable time to DO A/B comparisons and
report them here.. IT WAS A COMPLEMENT!
post #113 of 387
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Originally Posted by nine ball View Post

Hank.......always the subtle member of the family!!!!!!

My head agrees with the majority view on this.....the Ruby is part of a generation that will be hard to beat in terms of WOW. Its sort of like the Lotus 123/Excell debate.....there was alot that could be said for both untill Microsoft changed the game with Office....Suddenly Lotus joins Novel, Banyon, Wordperfect and Harvard Graphics as 'the previous generation'. Annnd now its probably Google's turn at bat!

My heart sort of hopes that your instincts are correct Hank. I can hardly wait for the next technological leap that raises the emotional threshold for this stuff. Somehow I think I would very much like the machine that captured your desire.......I just agree that I think we may still be further from your dream than any of us would hope for in the short run. It also will probably NOT help the global warming debate which in turn makes it even less than a mediocre probabability for a priority from Sony.

If you get a chance take a look at 'THE Untouchables" in HD. I can only imagine what that movie would be like on a properly calibrated system. My Ruby with the new bulb out of the box was absolutely stunning. This movie made me really think seriously about changing my screen and delivering the proper aspect ratio as there was very little else I was missing for the best in 'home' entertainment!

Peter

Thanks Perter for making me BUY yet another HD DVD.
post #114 of 387
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

My prediction 2009...

Cedia - Denver - September 2007.
post #115 of 387
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Originally Posted by drhankz View Post

Thanks Perter for making me BUY yet another HD DVD.

Actually Hank.....in your case it should be a great first........as far as I know it is the first disk that I have seen in HD dvd that the sound options are dolby trueHD or DTS 6.1 es. Whoever did the sound on this HD production did an excellent job. Use of the subs are NOT muddy....very very tight ...otherwise very very quiet at reference levels.

Peter

ps. you'll thank me.
post #116 of 387
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

My prediction 2009...


Mine too, but don't tell Hank.........
post #117 of 387
Gotcha, thanks. I admit the HDMI is my favorite again but I have had pretty good results getting the DVI to look somewhat close. Man, I wish there was a way we could make sony update our Rubys. Even if we offered a good payment... Any ideas?
post #118 of 387
I won't post a word!
post #119 of 387
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

Gotcha, thanks. I admit the HDMI is my favorite again but I have had pretty good results getting the DVI to look somewhat close. Man, I wish there was a way we could make sony update our Rubys. Even if we offered a good payment... Any ideas?

Actually yes I do but its already been tried. I would threaten to send them Hank but...hold on, you won't believe this.....he already went after them on his own. Scary thing was that he knew more about the product than they did!!!!! Personally I think they put a microchip in his brain.....you can tell because he tilts every time he passes a wi-fi hot spot........
post #120 of 387
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Originally Posted by joerod View Post

Gotcha, thanks. I admit the HDMI is my favorite again but I have had pretty good results getting the DVI to look somewhat close. Man, I wish there was a way we could make sony update our Rubys. Even if we offered a good payment... Any ideas?

I did go after the U.S. Design engineer for the Ruby,
person to person.

At first he said it couldn't be done until I showed
him I had the schematics, and I showed him exactly
which ROM chip needed to be reprogrammed. I even
asked him for the tools to do it myself - and I would
take responsibility for any screw-ups.

Then he said it was Sony's position to not provide
that upgrade in the Ruby.

A Good Sony Employee
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