Originally Posted by MiBz
Surprised that from all those guys who said they bought and already received their ax100's we haven't heard back much at all.
That's probably because we're all in a drooling vegetative state from staring at the image this thing throws.
This is my first PJ
so I'm not going to be able to offer good comparisons, but I will step up and give it a shot.
Me likee. Me likee alot.
That's probably not enough details, so let me demonstrate my ignorance and hopefully deliver a nugget of truth. I'm currently watching Pulp Fiction on it, but I think that was a bad choice because Quentin Tarantino probably does wacky things like oversaturate stuff or use weird white balances.Setup
The room is a big square with 8' ceilings. In a basement with a patio door on one side (BOC installed). Walls are "soft denim" semi-gloss (looks like slate to me). Ceiling is off-white, floor is light brown carpet.
Shelf mounted - throwing over couch from around 16' to about a 10' diagonal on the semi-gloss wall (slate color). Using just about all of the lens shift to shoot it up over my 34" CRT beast - (panasonic ct34wx50). Image ends up near the 8' ceiling, actually overlapping a little. Ultimately the CRT will be behind a pull-down screen. Probably the Dalite HCMW, probably ordering tomorrow... any thoughts?
The paint diffuses the light a bit - when I hold up a piece of printer paper on the wall the pixel edges become razor sharp - so I won't even post any (arguably meaningless) screenshots.
NOTE: I have only used the VGA input because all my HT equipment is on the other side of the room, and my 50' component cable is in the mail. So I don't know anything about component or HDMI differences that may or may not exist.
I have a CSM42 component switch which can take 4 sources to 2 seperate displays concurrently - finally I will be using both outputs
... I got it for just a couple hundred from hdtvsupply.com and it claims to be fine for 1080p - is this possible over component? Doesn't matter for now... on to the good stuffDetails
Brightness - Yes. It is watchable with light in the room - obviously not as good as dark though. I am hoping that I can choose a screen with a relatively wide viewing angle which will not hamper perceived brightness or perhaps even increase it a little with a little ambient light rejection. Am scared of the HP though - want wider angle and ambient light rejection, Don't need all that gain! Would have bought that for the AE900U - but hopefully now I have more choices.
For now, on the wall - I am running the lamp in economode. It's very quiet, but gets a bit louder when in normal mode. Not bad if you've got the sound on, but when muted it's pretty noticable. Not sure when you'd have it muted, and I'm without a frame of reference for what "loud" or "noticable" is, suffice to say it's virtually silent in econo mode.
The colors looks good to me - skin tones and all. Black is not all that black, at least out of the box in my room on my wall - but this is probably something I can correct. Colors appear uniform, but when I fired up the black and white "test pattern" included with the PJ and looked for it, there was maybe was slightly a reddish glow on the very left edge of the white/black pattern. I couldn't say for sure about the right side having any green, and the left was pretty subtle, even on the white screen. Keep in mind, I was specifically looking for something like this after seeing it mentioned in (I think) Tom's review. Otherwise I probably would not have noticed.
There is zero SDE - I can walk up to the image and stand in front of it at 10' diagonal - though I can see the pixels at point blank there is no grid. Again, the pixels are themselves sharp, when you approach the screen. But if you really don't like that I suppose you could defocus - I actually prefer to keep it sharp for desktop work and for games. Looks good for movies too - I don't want it "blurry".
I fear there is some misconvergence, as I see red on the left side of the + signs in the test image and some blue on the right. My estimate is 1 pixel red 2 pixels blue. Perhaps the green is off vertically because the top and bottom of the + edges look yellowish. It might also be off 1 horizontally because some of the vertical edges appear this yellow/green as well.
As for VB, I'm not sure how to test for this but I set the background to various gray shades, and didn't see any vertical dark lines or anything.
No pixel problems I could detect. Keep in mind this is being displayed on a regular ole wall.
I had no problem hooking up to my HTPC (eVga 7600 GT) in XP and in linux, and I have been able to watch DVDs using vlc in both, or play video games. I configured it for 1280x720 at 60 hz in windoze, and 60.1 in linux (to match the manual).
I did notice some stuttering on one DVD disk in linux, but that's hardly the fault of the PJ and was only on one disc so far. Now watching Pulp Fiction I see some issues with panning, but I think it's the source / encoding. I will try and describe this issue, though again I don't think its the projector. When panning sometimes I see the image sort of lag from top to bottom in the pan, where the bottom of the screen "catches up" to the top. I'm not sure if this is called tearing, or judder, or something else
Again, probably not the PJ. "panning" in the computer games like UT2004 and THPS4 was NOT an issue
I was pleasantly surprised at how well it scaled a 1280x1024 input on the VGA - text was quite legible (though I only plan on this for games which did not provide for a 1280x720/60 display of course, not for desktop work).
I haven't calibrated it yet (I did get the AVIA disc - I better not end up like those guys with their 90s sweaters and smooth jazz)
It's truly great for a life-size tony hawk experience
Can't wait to see what happens with a screen
Thanks again Tom for your thorough and professional review. I also think they should let you keep your test units. Perhaps we should keep track of who buys this "because of Tom's review".
I'd say its great, especially if you can't fit a DLP into your room or are rainbow sensitive. And it better not come down TOO fast in price
though honestly I'm happy with it and happy to have it.
Got to go - Vincent Vega has just brought one f'd up poopah to his dealer's house