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post #901 of 958
Hey...I paid cash for the Honda. Maybe I'm the one with alot of $$$$ ??? hahahaha

Sorry for continuing the sidetrack. It's such a humorous subject. The bigger subject I mean. Americans continue to like the "image" of money more than the real thing.

On subject, from what I understand, lenses are far less effective in modern projectors. With resolution being much better and brightness less of an issue, what would you really gain from a lens? I'm sure something, but it's harder to justify the cost.
post #902 of 958
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I could have paid cash (I put a healthy down payment)... but the rates were low enough that I didn't want to dent my savings too much (plus I had just payed off our other two cars).

I am very happy with my Panny's zoom memory feature. Even sitting in the front row (10.5' from screen to eyes) I have no complaints. I get tons of complements on the picture quality.

Granted, some videophiles might not be as impressed, but for the price, I am in no rush to sink cash into a lens.
post #903 of 958
Jamis, I hear ya. I didn't at all mean that as a commentary towards you. It was donjuan's original comment, "you must have lot's of money", that sparked me. It's nobodies business and awkward to mention.

And even more awkward for me to continue rambling...
post #904 of 958
I'm using zoom as well, no plans to go to an anamorphic lens. To me there are tradeoffs either way, neither is "perfect" in every respect - you choose what's important to you and go with it. I don't buy the whole "its the right way" argument / holy war.

zoom:
- you have to live with or deal with the "bars"
- as you zoom for 2.35, you'll get less light (all of panel not used)
- no extra cost
- really need motorized zoom/shift; Panny memory even better
- no stretching means the pixels stay the same from the source

lens:
- you get more light at a given throw
- you may have to throw from further back for best results, thus losing some of the "more light" advantage
- stretching means no pixel perfect image; but may help fill for projectors with poor fill rate
- expensive
- can induce pincushion distortion (which can be addressed with curved screen for even more $$ - and the required curve is specific to the lens, so if you upgrade either, you might need to change the other)
- you don't get any more resolution (the source is the source)

To me, it came down to I didn't want (at this time) the additional cost and complexity; and felt more comfortable with the tradeoffs from zooming than those potentially associated with lens / VP / curved screen, etc.
post #905 of 958
Hey buddy. You still round there here parts? Surely you have polished off a keg or three during the summer, right?

Regards,

RTROSE
post #906 of 958
^ I think somebody blatantly ignored the "warning your digging up an old thread warning" here. You my friend are indeed a rebel.
post #907 of 958
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Originally Posted by Iusteve View Post

^ I think somebody blatantly ignored the "warning your digging up an old thread warning" here. You my friend are indeed a rebel.


Yeah, well you know me........Rebel without a clue.......We don't need no stinkin old thread warning not for someone classic like jamis.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #908 of 958
Thread Starter 
Still around, mostly... Started a new job a little over a month ago and have been very busy since.

I've been mostly just hanging out in the projector forums. Thinking about picking up the new Panny 7000 or possibly the new JVC RS45.

Other than that... nothing new at all with the theater. We did get a new keg, but it's another of the same 'BBC Steel Rail Ale'. My beer consumption is still a fraction of what it used to be (too many carbs).
post #909 of 958
^^ Glad to see your still round these parts. Whats your personal preference and which way are you leaning with regards to your potential projector upgrade.....RS45 or Panny 7K? I have narrowed it down to those two and am on the pre-order (special pricing ) list here with AVS on the RS45 but still on the fence due to my concerns with the potential for lag issues with the JVC as I watch a ton of sports and online gaming as well. Your thoughts?
post #910 of 958
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Originally Posted by Iusteve View Post

^^ Glad to see your still round these parts. Whats your personal preference and which way are you leaning with regards to your potential projector upgrade.....RS45 or Panny 7K? I have narrowed it down to those two and am on the pre-order (special pricing ) list here with AVS on the RS45 but still on the fence due to my concerns with the potential for lag issues with the JVC as I watch a ton of sports and online gaming as well. Your thoughts?

I'm leaning towards the Panny since it's a mostly known quantity and I've been happy with my AE3000 (even with the dust blobs and a stuck pixel).

I am most interested in seeing how the JVC handles the lens memory feature (a requirement for me). I wish the Panny had discrete IR codes for each lens memory setting (no menus), and didn't show the 'Processing' dialogue while changing... especially since the AE4000 and 7000 have the 'auto' aspect adjust feature.

I'm very tempted to try the JVC since they have had phenomenal picture quality over the last few years (especially in contrast). I do play video games (PS3), but rarely online so lag isn't much of an issue for me.
post #911 of 958
Hey Jamis hope all is well,

3D upgrade would be great in your theater.

I had dust blob issues with my Epson HC400 projector. I opened up the casing to see if I could try to resolve by blowing compressed air thru lens area to no avail.

Might think I'm crazy for even trying this, but I decided to try blowing the compressed air thru the intake, figured I had nothing to lose so long as I was careful with any moisture. Well what do you know, had a big dust plume come from the intake as I blew the air into it. Took care of about 99 percent of the blobs. Since then I did this one more time with similar results.

Since your planning on upgrading it may be worth a shot just to clear things up in the time being.

Good luck on the upgrade.
post #912 of 958
He lives! Ye Haw! Good to hear that you are still around and lurking anyway. Congrats on the new job, but I know that having a new job comes with some new stresses, but I hope all is well with that aspect of your life. Regarding your projector upgrade sounds like you are getting it narrowed down. I was disappointed though that you did not do your famous or is it infamous keg update even though it was the same. Tradition ya know.

Now don't go and be a stranger, especially in your own thread.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #913 of 958
Thread Starter 
The new job is going well... though being a start-up, the hours are a bit longer and unfortunately in this case, so is the commute.

Quite the culture shock going from a 600+ person division of a 300,000+ person company to an 8 person early stage start-up. Thankfully that means more actual work and fewer meetings.

Given how little beer I've been drinking lately... the keg updates are kind of anticlimactic for me now.
post #914 of 958
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The new job is going well... though being a start-up, the hours are a bit longer and unfortunately in this case, so is the commute.

Quite the culture shock going from a 600+ person division of a 300,000+ person company to an 8 person early stage start-up. Thankfully that means more actual work and fewer meetings.

Given how little beer I've been drinking lately... the keg updates are kind of anticlimactic for me now.


More work less meetings, now that IS a new work concept. Someone there must be a visionary!

The last comment just makes me sad. I have to admit though, while I'm not a big drinker by any means I do usually consume the adult beverage frequently during the hot summer months and this year I have really been off as a 24 pack of Blue Moon has lasted me from about mid July till now (and I still have 2 left). Oh well so it goes.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #915 of 958
Thread Starter 
Actual HT update!

We had a small 'incident' that caused the glass door on the equipment rack to 'lose structural integrity' (i.e. break into 3 large pieces). This finally gave me the motivation to re-org my equipment rack a bit.

Mostly, this consisted of me dismantling everything so that I could mount the rack about an inch deeper within the space. It had always been a nagging disappointment on how close the glass door was to the equipment and I had to have the PS3 and receiver pushed back slightly on their shelves. This will no longer be a problem (when the glass store is done cutting me a new door).

I am also getting much closer to pulling the trigger on the Panny AE7000. I really want it, but I don't want to drop the cash. We'll see how long I can hold out.

It's not so much the cost of the projector, but more than likely I will also want to upgrade the Bluray player and possibly the receiver.
post #916 of 958
Just out of curiosity, because I’m in the market, which Bluray’s are you considering?
post #917 of 958
Glad to hear that there was not complete disaster. Ah, the disease of upgradeitus had reared it's ugly head! The only cure is to give in to the disease.....resistance is futile!



Good luck.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #918 of 958
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by marcusj50 View Post

Just out of curiosity, because I'm in the market, which Bluray's are you considering?

Honestly, I hadn't started looking yet.

If I don't want to upgrade my receiver, I will probably be looking at ones with dual HDMI outputs so I can do 3D (one HDMI to receiver for audio, one directly to projector... and some fancy programming for the harmony remote). My receiver doesn't support HDMI 1.4, unfortunately.
post #919 of 958
Another question for ya now that you have been in the theater for a while. Do you like the color of the rope lights? I believe you chose “clear”.

I’m trying to decide what to pick from the choices: clear (AKA warm white), cool white and pearl white at 1000bulbs.com . It’s difficult to choose without being able to see them.

I take it one can cut the incandescent?

Thanks.
post #920 of 958
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Originally Posted by marcusj50 View Post

Another question for ya now that you have been in the theater for a while. Do you like the color of the rope lights? I believe you chose clear.

I'm trying to decide what to pick from the choices: clear (AKA warm white), cool white and pearl white at 1000bulbs.com . It's difficult to choose without being able to see them.

I take it one can cut the incandescent?

Thanks.

I like the 'clear' lights. They have a slightly warmer tone (yellowish) like standard light bulbs. I don't care for the blushish tone of some LEDs, but I'm sure the the cool/pearl whites will be OK too.

I've been thinking about going for a colored rope to mix things up... maybe blue or red eventually.

You can cut the incandescent rope. There is a mark every foot or so where it is OK to cut.
post #921 of 958
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Originally Posted by jamis View Post

Actual HT update!

We had a small 'incident' that caused the glass door on the equipment rack to 'lose structural integrity' (i.e. break into 3 large pieces).

This will no longer be a problem (when the glass store is done cutting me a new door)
.

Jamis,

I hate when that happens! Curious if you original door (or new one) has/had tempered glass?

I about choked at the pricing when my glass guy put me into tempered glass... (Just wondering if the upgrade I paid for was worth it)
post #922 of 958
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Originally Posted by cuzed2 View Post

Jamis,

I hate when that happens! Curious if you original door (or new one) has/had tempered glass?

I about choked at the pricing when my glass guy put me into tempered glass... (Just wondering if the upgrade I paid for was worth it)

I am kind of glad we went for plate glass in a way. I'm sure it was probably a little more dangerous depending on how it fell with some nice long sharp edges, but it only broke into 2 large pieces and a few small pieces. The tempered glass would have shattered onto a million pieces and would have been annoying to clean up.

The price difference between tempered and plate glass was minimal from my glass shop (less than $5). My replacement door (custom cut grey tinted plate glass with smoothed edges) is running about $75.
post #923 of 958
Jamis,

I ended up with 3 smoked tempered glass panels, each was about 10" x 60".
I think my total was close to $400.

(Although I will say it has brought me some piece-of-mind, because my Eq rack faces a fairly high traffic area between my billiards and movie room)
post #924 of 958
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Originally Posted by cuzed2 View Post

Jamis,

I ended up with 3 smoked tempered glass panels, each was about 10" x 60".
I think my total was close to $400.

(Although I will say it has brought me some piece-of-mind, because my Eq rack faces a fairly high traffic area between my billiards and movie room)

My glass door is 1/4" thick, 50 3/8" x 18 3/4".

Its in a moderate traffic area, but usually stays closed. No flying billiards balls to worry about.
post #925 of 958
Thread Starter 
A few small updates:

1. New keg ordered. Sam Adams Boston Ale (not the lager). Yum.

2. New glass door installed for the equipment rack.

3. My neighbor was cleaning house and gave me this....



It's Australian for AWESOME.
post #926 of 958
That Sam Adams Lager sounds delicious. I have not had the Lager yet but will have to try it. As for the sign that is GREAT. I really like Fosters, in fact I used to drink it 6-8 years ago quite a bit.
post #927 of 958
That sign is SWEET very cool. I too like Fosters. I was the only beer I actually like drinking from the can because of the size of the things. Their nick name (Oil cans) was very appropriate for sure.

I'm not a big Sam Adams fan, but I have only had their Boston Lager. I would be willing to try the Ale though.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #928 of 958
Thread Starter 
Sam Lager is OK in my book... it's a good standby beer if the only other brews available are the typical macro (Bug, BL, Coors, etc).

For some reason the wife and I rather like the Ale.
post #929 of 958
Jamis,
I constantly find myself coming back to this thread as I go through my own theater build...thanks for all the info.

Do you mind posting pics of the new rack door and how you pushed the rack rails further into the cavity? Also, photos/details of the hing attachment of the glass door would be appreciated....I'm trying to figure this out for my own install.
post #930 of 958
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by reb162 View Post

Jamis,
I constantly find myself coming back to this thread as I go through my own theater build...thanks for all the info.

Do you mind posting pics of the new rack door and how you pushed the rack rails further into the cavity? Also, photos/details of the hing attachment of the glass door would be appreciated....I'm trying to figure this out for my own install.


I can't believe how bad stuff looks with a camera flash. I swear, you can't see any of that crap in person.

I got all of the hardware at rockler.com

Finished:




Top hinge


Bottom hinge on the inside



Bottom hinge from the outside


Magnetic kick plate... keeps the door from swinging too far in or opening on it's own.


Handle
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