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post #1681 of 1694
I'm using expanded with a pc. Look for crushed whites and blacks without that setting.
post #1682 of 1694
I feel strangely obligated to give Epson props. My colors went bonko on me after changing the bulb. I called Epson not really expecting anything and was thrilled to find out I was still under the 2 year warranty. After a short round of troubleshooting, the CSR said they'd send me a replacement. Kick ass. Well, I never got it. A week later, I called them to ask what's up, and they said it was delivered. "Not to me," was my response. To make a long story short, they sent me another one. Looks fantastic. Guess I hadn't realized how dim the picture had gotten. Anyway, thrilled with the projector and the Epson service.
post #1683 of 1694
I just got an XBOX 360 (mostly to play Kinect), and I'm having trouble connecting it to my Epson 720. I have an ABC component switchbox that I'm using (works fine for the Wii and Dish STB), but with the XBOX, the projector reports No Signal.

The Wii is 480p and the STB is 720P/1080i. Since the XBOX is 1080P, do you think this might be the reason why it isn't working? I have my computer hooked up to the Epson as well, but that's via VGA.

I haven't tried HDMI yet, but I'd rather try to get this to work with component if I can, since I already have all those cables.

- Sung
post #1684 of 1694
Probably- you should set the Xbox resolution at 720p- 1280 x 720 to match the resolution of the projector. I don't think you can do 1080p over component with the Xbox.
post #1685 of 1694
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Originally Posted by SKoprowski View Post

Probably- you should set the Xbox resolution at 720p- 1280 x 720 to match the resolution of the projector. I don't think you can do 1080p over component with the Xbox.

Bingo! That was it -- thanks.
post #1686 of 1694
My original bulb just hit 28XX hours and the "replace lamp" box came on the screen. Did others replace your bulbs when the box came up or reset and run the bulb until it dies? Or maybe not even reset, so one can see the total hours?
post #1687 of 1694
For those of you who own or owned an Epson 720 would you recommend it to someone as a first projector today? I have a friend who is looking to purchase a FP and he found a used 720 with about 750 hours on it for $550. He's asking me whether he should pull the trigger. I know this model is 4 years old, but assuming it's in good shape it sounds like a decent deal. What do you think?
post #1688 of 1694
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Originally Posted by broadwayblue View Post

For those of you who own or owned an Epson 720 would you recommend it to someone as a first projector today? I have a friend who is looking to purchase a FP and he found a used 720 with about 750 hours on it for $550. He's asking me whether he should pull the trigger. I know this model is 4 years old, but assuming it's in good shape it sounds like a decent deal. What do you think?

not for that price. you can get the Epson 705HD for $595 brand new with warranty intact from Amazon right now.
post #1689 of 1694
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Originally Posted by wormraper View Post

not for that price. you can get the Epson 705HD for $595 brand new with warranty intact from Amazon right now.

But unless I am mistaken the 705 has a significantly lower contrast ratio (and a good number of complaints about the blacks), not to mention it lacks lens shift.
post #1690 of 1694
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But unless I am mistaken the 705 has a significantly lower contrast ratio (and a good number of complaints about the blacks), not to mention it lacks lens shift.

ahh, yes, I forgot that the 720 had lens shift. that would be something to consider
post #1691 of 1694
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Originally Posted by broadwayblue View Post

For those of you who own or owned an Epson 720 would you recommend it to someone as a first projector today? I have a friend who is looking to purchase a FP and he found a used 720 with about 750 hours on it for $550. He's asking me whether he should pull the trigger. I know this model is 4 years old, but assuming it's in good shape it sounds like a decent deal. What do you think?

If it's in good shape, I'd say that's a fair price and a decent deal. The 720 is a lot better FP than most.
post #1692 of 1694
It's not a great deal considering it went for $1200 four years ago, you have a $350 bulb that has half its output left and no warranty. It might be a cheap-ish way to get into a projector, but a new 8350 for ~$1000 would be a better value and give you 1080. It also has organic panels which don't age as well. If you look at a completely white image and notice a very slight change in hue (pink/blue/yellow) across the screen, the LCD panels may be a little burnt. They are probably fine with only 750 hours though.

Don't get me wrong -- I have been very happy with my 720, but I would not buy a used 720 today. Used PJs are not usually good values since technology gets better every year while prices go down.
post #1693 of 1694
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Originally Posted by AndreasMergner View Post

It's not a great deal considering it went for $1200 four years ago, you have a $350 bulb that has half its output left and no warranty. It might be a cheap-ish way to get into a projector, but a new 8350 for ~$1000 would be a better value and give you 1080. It also has organic panels which don't age as well. If you look at a completely white image and notice a very slight change in hue (pink/blue/yellow) across the screen, the LCD panels may be a little burnt. They are probably fine with only 750 hours though.

Don't get me wrong -- I have been very happy with my 720, but I would not buy a used 720 today. Used PJs are not usually good values since technology gets better every year while prices go down.

Thanks for your thoughts. Personally I would agree with you. There is no doubt in my mind that getting a brand new projector for about $1,000 would be worth the extra cash. But my friend is on a pretty tight budget after buying his first home. On top of that he needs to purchase a receiver and surround sound system as well, so I just don't think he can stretch his budget that far. Perhaps I could get him to spend an extra hundred or two...but spending twice as much is probably not in the cards at the moment. While I'm not in love with the idea of him buying used, on the bright side he will love the picture as is just about always the case with a first projector. I just hope the panels or polarizers aren't burnt because the original owner put 750 hours on it in one viewing. lol
post #1694 of 1694
You're right, it is my polarizers that are slightly burnt...but I have probably 6000 hours on mine. You can also get the same effect from dust. A good cleaning (not for the faint of heart) improved my image a lot.

It is a cheap way to get into PJs...I can't argue with that. Another choice would be: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009223

New, cheap, 720 and 3D, but no lens shift and possible RBE.
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