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post #61 of 2606
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Originally Posted by tustinfarm View Post

My projector is 17.3 feet back from wall, so with zoom maxed out I get 145"diagonal. Projector is not mounted - just sitting on piece of furniture in the back of room; haven't measured height but maybe 30 inches from floor. Have to use the projector feet to tilt it down a little - I suppose there is keystoning in theory, but it is not obvious to me, so I am not going to get out the measuring tape for fear it would then bother me ;>. Yes, this setup is quite primitive, so would trouble the "serious theatre" folks out there, but I am delighted with the movie watching experience.

How high off the ground would you guess the projector sits on the furniture? So the feet are adjustable? I must have missed that in all the reading I've done. I know it brings keystoning in to play but I'm with you on that -- not looking for perfection, just a big, pretty picture at a price my budget can handle.

Thanks again!
post #62 of 2606
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Originally Posted by Reid_T View Post

I just received my HD1000U yesterday, and watched "The 5th Element" last night. I'm blown away. I can't find anything to complain about.

My current setup is pretty crude (will improve over the next few weeks as more equipment shows up.) I don't have a screen yet, so I'm just projecting on a blank wall, textured and painted a dark gold color. I don't have a progressive DVD player yet, and just used component video cables to hook an old Sony DVD player directly to the projector.

My expectations for this temporary arrangement were extremely low, but from 14 feet, with a 120" picture, it still looked extremely good. I certainly don't expect it to get worse with a screen, decent DVD player, etc.

I have a 100% light-controlled room, and can easily use low-power mode, even, to some degree, with the lights on. Currently, the pj and DVD are sitting right next to me on the sectional, and I can't hear the fan if there's any audio on the movie at all. Its slightly more noticable in high-power mode, but once its hanging from the ceiling I don't expect I'll be able to hear it.

A comment about the warranty: I've heard a lot of people complain that Mitsubishi only offer a 1 year warranty. But sitting here reading the -Mitsubishi- warranty, it says there is a 3-year factory warranty on the projector, and a 90-day warranty on the bulb. As far as I can tell, a 3-year warranty is pretty close to a "lifetime" warranty.

Regarding the offset: this is not a problem for me, I was planning on hanging it from a 10' ceiling. But I did the algebra anyway. If I did the math correctly, for a ceiling mount, there's about a ~6.5 degree offset to the top of the screen, and ~24.5 degree offset to the bottom of the screen. It turns out this is just about perfect for my theater, so I find it hard to complain about it. :-)

Overall: bright, quiet, sharp, great contrast/blacks, great color, good warranty. I'd highly recommend this projector. As I get the ht built out, I'll post more comments/pics.

-Reid

I'm very curious about your experience with the lighting and picture quality. I'm worried that i'd with any projector under 1000 bucks i'd have to blanket the windows in the daytime. Might you be able to expound on your experience with the brightness and clarity with respect to the light?
post #63 of 2606
hc1100 has a better color wheel without the clear segment.
you could get a similar effect by painting the clear segment
of the wheel silver on the 1000u. not for the faint of heart
but i might try it when the warranty expires. start off with a
coating that doesn't last too long and if you don't like it then it goes
away. go find huey and ask him. he's the man.
post #64 of 2606
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Originally Posted by StormyQ View Post

How high off the ground would you guess the projector sits on the furniture? So the feet are adjustable? I must have missed that in all the reading I've done. I know it brings keystoning in to play but I'm with you on that -- not looking for perfection, just a big, pretty picture at a price my budget can handle.

Thanks again!

Center of my lens is 33 inches from the floor, and yes the feet are adjustable, so I have had to extend the two rear feet, creating a visible downward tilt to the projector. That way, at maximum zoom, the top of the 145" diagonal image just bumps into the ceiling/wall edge. Keystoning - no doubt there is some, but sure isn't obvious to me. Nothing at all like the extreme keystoning I remember from watching 35mm slides or 8mm movies as a kid (yes, that dates me).
post #65 of 2606
I received my projector yesterday. I don't have a screen yet and I'm still deciding on a few choices. I'm leaning towards a couple of screens from ebay (projectiondepot and fotodiox_pro). I'm also considering a DIY BOC or Wilsonart FG. The wife doesn't trust my DIY skills and is really against it. Anyway, I set up my projector when I got home. I have a media nitch and it's painted a dark plum color. This is where I will eventually put my screen. So, I figured the picture would come out horrible against this color but I was amazed how good it actually looked. The wife, who by the way was against me getting a projector, couldn't believe how nice the picture was. She finally admitted that I made the right choice. I can't wait to get a screen especially since it looks this good on a dark plum wall.
post #66 of 2606
I have a few general questions.
Can I put a electric screen in front of a window to help block the light or will the light somehow ruin it or show through the screen.

Also with the mitsubishi hd1000u if I mount it 10-11 feet can I use it with a 101" screen. I know the throw on the calculator says somewhere around 13 feet. Will the zoom decrease picture quality?
Finally what cables do people use to hook up to a nintendo wii? If it is 20 feet away.
post #67 of 2606
Black sharpie evaporates in 2 days on the color wheel mod
post #68 of 2606
Could anybody comment on how the projector reacts to light in the room?

I found an authorized dealer willing to sell it for 899+shipping (no tax) WITH a lamp. Considering he usually sells to companies, i doubt theres a return policy if i dont' like how it reacts to light.
post #69 of 2606
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Originally Posted by tqn View Post

I talked to a Mitsubishi dealer in Toronto today, and he said that Precor (and Mitsubishi Canada?) will have a meeting on Monday to discuss the pricing of the HD1000. My dealer said that if Precor doesn't lower the price to reflect the US price drop, then he won't even carry the HD1000, as he won't be able to compete with US dealers with a $500 price difference.

I also have been trying to get the 1000u for the same price as the hd70 from some canadian retailors but they have said that the price hasn't dropped yet.

The price of the hd70 here in canada already reflecks the american price.

Hopefully mitsubishi reacts quickly if not,i'll be the next canadian to buy the optima hd 70.
post #70 of 2606
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Originally Posted by Ezekiel 4:12 View Post

I found an authorized dealer willing to sell it for 899+shipping (no tax) WITH a lamp. Considering he usually sells to companies, i doubt theres a return policy if i dont' like how it reacts to light.

I hope that dealer was talking about an extra lamp, and not the one already placed in the projector ;-)

Is this a dealer with a good reputation?

The deal for the extra lamp from what I've read on the form to be sent in was that you would receive a coupon for a free lamp. So your deal would be somewhat different that an extra lamp would be shipped with the unit.
post #71 of 2606
Well, my HD1000 is up and running tonight! It looks AMAZING. DiscoveryHD had me giggling like a little girl *lol* In low lamp mode and video gamma setting it's a wonderful bright image- like a plasma but with no screendoor of any kind (I'm at around 1.2x viewing distance.) CR is great and colors pop. Image looks quite good with no tweaking- very warm. I thought I had room to play with the zoom and it turned out I was literally on the edge of not filling the screen (120") and I'm at the back wall of the room so that could have been a disaster but it's fine. Black level seems a bit better than the 4805- it's hard to tell because my walls and ceiling are currently white and there's a lot of light spilling around just from the picture on the screen. It doesn't affect the image adversely for my taste but I do want to darken my walls if possible. Long story short- this pj will keep me a very happy camper for at least a year or two until I can get a 1080p machine with 10,000:1 CR for $1,200
post #72 of 2606
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Originally Posted by duo man View Post

I also have been trying to get the 1000u for the same price as the hd70 from some canadian retailors but they have said that the price hasn't dropped yet.

The price of the hd70 here in canada already reflecks the american price.

Hopefully mitsubishi reacts quickly if not,i'll be the next canadian to buy the optima hd 70.

An update on pricing of the HD1000 in Canada:
According to my dealer, the distributor here won't (can't?) lower the price, but what they are trying to negotiate with Mitsubishi Canada is an offer for a a free lamp and a 2-year warranty. Hmmm, I guess that's better than nothing, but it seems like a step backwards compared to our American friends...I mean, if the free lamp deal was such a good idea in the first place, why did Mits USA drop that in favour of the lower MSRP? Nothing is finalized yet though...
post #73 of 2606
Ezekiel 4:12 : I have been using my HD1000U in the daytime as well as night and it reacts fine to the light. I can even turn the rooms lights on and watch just fine in low lamp mode. This projector is VERY bright. I agree FredProgGH - this thing looks like a giant plasma!
post #74 of 2606
zerok, what size screen are you running?

Thanks,
post #75 of 2606
No screendoor at 1.2x Sounds great. Can't wait to get mine. Should have it next week!! Congrats on the purchase.

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Originally Posted by FredProgGH View Post

Well, my HD1000 is up and running tonight! It looks AMAZING. DiscoveryHD had me giggling like a little girl *lol* In low lamp mode and video gamma setting it's a wonderful bright image- like a plasma but with no screendoor of any kind (I'm at around 1.2x viewing distance.) CR is great and colors pop. Image looks quite good with no tweaking- very warm. I thought I had room to play with the zoom and it turned out I was literally on the edge of not filling the screen (120") and I'm at the back wall of the room so that could have been a disaster but it's fine. Black level seems a bit better than the 4805- it's hard to tell because my walls and ceiling are currently white and there's a lot of light spilling around just from the picture on the screen. It doesn't affect the image adversely for my taste but I do want to darken my walls if possible. Long story short- this pj will keep me a very happy camper for at least a year or two until I can get a 1080p machine with 10,000:1 CR for $1,200
post #76 of 2606
I tried to connect my pc via VGA and at first the pj said no signal. I set the display res to 1280x768 and the pj just locked up- it wouldn't respond to the remote or the controls on the unit itself, not even the power switch (!) until I disconnected the VGA cable. Looks like some RTFM is in order (I haven't even cracked the manual yet...)
post #77 of 2606
stoopid q...what is RTFM?
post #78 of 2606
read the FRIENDLY manual
post #79 of 2606
lol, that's what I figured but with all the acronyms tossed around just thought I'd be sure it wasn't a scientific term
post #80 of 2606
BAN,
I saw in an earlier post that you had purchased the epson 400 and the HD1000u, price and placement flexability aside can you compare and contrast the two images?
post #81 of 2606
Got my HD1000U yesterday and had it all hooked up last night. I had to modify my mount by 1" to get to 0 keystone...

All I can say is that the image is in-freaking-credible and I only changed to "cinema" mode and messed with the color temp a bit. I will be calibrating soon to see what I get. Running in low lamp mode here and the image is bright enough to just about watch with all the lights on in my room - turn the lights off and its like having an 80" plasma screen! DVD's upscaled to 720p from the Oppo 970 via HDMI look amazing.

I am still awaiting my VGA cable for my xbox360 and right now I scabbed 2 component cables together to reach the PJ temporarily while I await my longer component cable (backordered)

VERY pleased here with how this turned out so far!!!
post #82 of 2606
I am currently using the few settings that Art mentioned in his review, looks great.
post #83 of 2606
Got mine yesterday also. Looks good so far, but I am waiting on my HDMI cable, as I am running VGA to it right now.

Does anyone know of either, a setup/calibration guide for this projector or a generic setup/calibration guide for DLP projectors? Or should I just leave everything to AUTO? Everyone seems to mention adjusting the color temps and various items but I don't know where to start.
post #84 of 2606
jdonigan: I am projecting onto a 106" screen 1.78 AR.
post #85 of 2606
BTW guys post your room/screen/projector setting in this tweaks thread so we can get it going.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=754551
post #86 of 2606
Hi,
I was just wondering if anyone has tried this projector during the day in a room that has sunlight coming in. I am doubting that this projecter would be watchable during the day, but I was curious if anyone has tried this.

I tried an Infocus 4805 with 750 Lumens, 2000:1 contrast ratio during the day, but the image that this produced was really washed out and hardly worth watching.

Thanks for any input.
post #87 of 2606
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Originally Posted by htme123 View Post

BAN,
I saw in an earlier post that you had purchased the epson 400 and the HD1000u, price and placement flexability aside can you compare and contrast the two images?

htme123,

I can tell you what I observed with my untrained eyes. Since I put the HD1000 in place after removing the 400 so everything is still very fresh in my mind. The contrast on the 1000 is definitely better, the blacks seem to be blacker, it's also sharper and I could see less SDE on the HD1000. When I saw that, I had no doubt to return the Epson. On top of that, the 400 is noisier, both in low and standard lamp modes, and bigger/heavier. The 400 seems to be just a little brighter in the brightest mode, but at the cost of much more fan noise. The 400 requires filter replacement/cleaning every couple hundreds of hours vs. no filter for the HD1000. FWIW (flame suit on), the Epson is made in China vs. Japan for the HD1000.

All things taken into consideration, especially the $500 difference, this was a no brainer for me.
post #88 of 2606
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Originally Posted by cvanem View Post

Hi,
I was just wondering if anyone has tried this projector during the day in a room that has sunlight coming in. I am doubting that this projecter would be watchable during the day, but I was curious if anyone has tried this.

I tried an Infocus 4805 with 750 Lumens, 2000:1 contrast ratio during the day, but the image that this produced was really washed out and hardly worth watching.

Thanks for any input.

It was daylight when I first fired mine up. Very few projectors can compete with full sunlight. The HD1000 actually is bright enough to give an image in sunlight if you crank it up, but the light spill on the screen is what washes everything out. I suppose you could probably watch a football game that way and it would be OK but I wouldn't want to watch any movies or regular TV. I'm guessing the HD1000 is only a marginal improvement over the 4805 under those conditions. Now, In a room with some small amount of ambient light, coupled with a gray screen the HD1000 blows the 4805 off the map in image quality!! And of course in total dark it's even better!
post #89 of 2606
Well, I just took the plunge today. Ordered the projector, and also got a mount from Ebay. Hopefully, I will get both early next week.
post #90 of 2606
Native resolution of HD1000U is 1280X720 @ 59.94 (60 Hz) and NOT 1280X768
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