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post #241 of 9206
Just got today from DELL canada. will tell later the years.... you can have it from viewsonic web site.
post #242 of 9206
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Originally Posted by AgentHEX View Post

Hey, can everybody who's able please post their manufacturing date? It's on the box and underneath the projector. Mine's Feb 2008. I'm really curious to know whether that's around when they stopped making them and they're just clearing them out now or what. Thanks guys.

Jan 2008
Ordered from JR.
post #243 of 9206
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Originally Posted by BluePotato View Post

Did ANYBODY here buy this over a year ago? Over 6 months ago??? Did anybody pay MSRP for this thing?

Yes, there were early internet pro reviews, but how come there is hardly any forum activity on this projector until a few months ago?

I think is was an average projector at $5k and many people went elsewhere. At its current price it is a steal...so the traffic picked up.
post #244 of 9206
Ok, managed to put up my 8100 last week, and have been playing with it for the last several days. out of the box, the picture looked ok, but definitely not the best. So, I started tweaking the settings. Used Avia dvd to adjust the settings, and most of them came close to what bouda78 had posted in here, except a few.

Even after the adjustments, I am not satisfied with the sharpness of the picture. The edges are not very distinct. This is me coming from Mitsu HC1500 720p DLP.

Here's my setup
Sony DVD Player (Capable of upconverting to 720p)
ATT UVerse (720p capable)
PS3 (set to enable 1080p 24hz)
All 3 routed thru Onkyo 607 via HDMI
Screen is DIY - Wilson Art laminate, Designer White
Now, here are the settings on Pro8100.
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Picture -->
Basic
Contrast - 62
Brightness - 40
Saturation - 38
Hue - 49
Sharpness - 50 (Changing this didn't seem to make any noticeable difference)

Color Temp - Normal
Overscan - Off

Config-->
Projector settings --> daylight sensor - off
High Altitude - off
Auto Iris - on

Advanced
Picture Mode - Normal
Black Level - normal
HQV - everything auto, Detail Enhancement - 5
Color space - Auto

PCS - On
I did dial down the Red, Blue, Green in PCS from 50 to about 40.
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Here are the screenshots.

UVerse (Office episode) 720p


UVerse (iphone commercial) 720p - Do you see the jagged edges of the blue circle in the center?


UVerse (Office episode) 720p - overall lack of sharpness


UVerse (Office episode) 720p - Are Jim's lips supposed to look that pink? And the ears too.


PS3 Bluray (Letters from Iwojima)


PS3 DVD (BBC's The Earth)


PS3 DVD (BBC's The Earth)


PS3 DVD (SBSP)



Can someone help with what I am doing wrong here. What settings should be looking at?
My screen is mounted only a couple of feet above the floor, so I am using Vertical Lens shift to max extent so as to reach the bottom of the screen. Does that cause image degradation?

btw, here are a few screenshots of the room. Sorry, grainy pictures because of the low light.




Thanks for reading thru the long post, and your suggestions.
post #245 of 9206
hkk very nice room and pics , but try to change the red green blue , gain and offset as i posted , because they are more accurate using data color spyder3 elite and confirmed at projectorreviews thats with setting your ps3 or bluyray player to ycpr 4:2:2 and set your ps3 at display option super white ycpr to on , you will notice ahuge difference at sharpness and color, also you can increase detail enhancement to 7 at cg movies and some low noise blueray movies.
try for one time all the setting i posted and set saturation to 38 the redish skin tone will disappear and colour will become more film like and at games or cg movies set it to 44 to enjoy more vivde colors.
post #246 of 9206
Lens shift is good to have, but pushing it is not a good thing according to many folks that have done it, I have read many posts regarding a a bit of a "Softer" pic than folks that are closer to the center of it's range.

Maybe they are full of crap, I don't know, I'm looking at this PJ because I want a shelf mount that will be in the center of the screen, with NO lens shift.
post #247 of 9206
HKK, how's the convergence on the projector? Is that possibly why you aren't seeing a sharp image? Most everything else I've read about this projector seems to say that the sharpness of the image is one of it's strengths
post #248 of 9206
idk about the settings. but ditch the dvd's. blu-ray ONLY !!!!!!!!!

i am SERIOUSLY on the fence, for this unit. cedia has me thinking.
post #249 of 9206
Just ordered this from JR,price was just too ridiculous to not give it a shot considering I am using a Panny AX100 with 10,300+ hours on it..
This needs to be sent in, as the colors are looking dingy......
I have a DaLite HP, so brightness will NOT be an issue, as I figure it'll look like a Plasma for quite awhile.

I hate spending 1K..........
post #250 of 9206
I watched my last movie tonight on my Epson HC400, hopefully I'll have the Pro8100 up and running by Monday. I'm looking forward to increased performance all along the line, I'll report back once I've seen it for myself!
post #251 of 9206
If you had time to watch a movie, you had time to mount that 8100 and take some screen shots
post #252 of 9206
Quote:


UVerse (iphone commercial) 720p - Do you see the jagged edges of the blue circle in the center?

hkk, jaggies are the results of oversharpening. Otherwise they would be "smooth", but slightly blurred.
post #253 of 9206
Receive today, lot of work is coming..... very happy this is my first PJ... look's good on yellow wall.....

Date is May 2008
post #254 of 9206
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Originally Posted by floridapoolboy View Post

I watched my last movie tonight on my Epson HC400, hopefully I'll have the Pro8100 up and running by Monday. I'm looking forward to increased performance all along the line, I'll report back once I've seen it for myself!

Should be a substantial upgrade over the Epson...
post #255 of 9206
Has anyone gone from the BenQ PE8700 to this projector?
post #256 of 9206
I just ordered this off tigerdirect on impulse and am now doing the research...Looks like I will be happy.

It will be the first projector that I've purchased I made one with a 15.4" 1920x1200 LCD panel and a grow light a couple years ago but I'm guessing there wont be much comparison.

Your pictures look amazing bluepotatoe and thanks for all the info and solid recomendations streamer.

Cheers

Graham
post #257 of 9206
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Originally Posted by BluePotato View Post

Did ANYBODY here buy this over a year ago? Over 6 months ago??? Did anybody pay MSRP for this thing?

Yes, there were early internet pro reviews, but how come there is hardly any forum activity on this projector until a few months ago?

I'm wondering the same thing, suddenly this thread just exploded... I think it's because of the wery aggressive pricing. Maybe Viewsonic didn't sell much projectors at 5000$ althought the price included a pro's setup at your own home and they had to do something to get a bigger slice of the pj markets.

In Finland pj still costs approx 2000 euros. I bought mine 1 1/2 years ago and paid 1500 euros for it (brand new, from a private seller).
post #258 of 9206
Do we need to config things for PC? i'm using my compute to play HD movie like blu-ray or mkv and i'm not sure for the setting.... my video card is ATI 4850 using hdmi.

Thanks!!
post #259 of 9206
Considering the cost, I'm really surprised there isn't more traffic in this thread..

I started looking into this PJ about a year ago, because it was a good price then(in comparison), but there wasn't much info on it because it was an installers unit.......not any more.
post #260 of 9206
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Originally Posted by muzz View Post

Considering the cost, I'm really surprised there isn't more traffic in this thread..

could be because guys are waiting for cedia :
1. to see what new comes out.
2. for, perhaps, the price to drop. = me ? hmmmm
post #261 of 9206
oh. i "may" have ordered it already. but i am remodeling our master bath. so i don't have the time to mess with it, let alone build a screen.
post #262 of 9206
When it shows up, I would at LEAST plug it in and fire it into a wall and make sure that it works!!

Many folks have let them sit while they finished building/remodeling, and when they finally plugged it in they found it was defective, and their warranty was OUT.

Don't be THAT guy!!
post #263 of 9206
nah. i'm waitin till the MB is close to done. that should be this coming weekend.

but yeah. how could you spend that kind of money, on something this cool. and at least not fire it on a wall. i don't get it.
post #264 of 9206
I think fabricator might be as impulsive as I am: In the 4 minutes between 9:54 and 9:58 he went from waiting for the price to drop. To having one ordered. I like your style man!
post #265 of 9206
Where are you guys ordering from right now? I've tried the Bing.com thing and only 4 retailers currently show and none at a significant discount. Plus I've never heard of any of them, I'd rather order from a place that I knew of.

-tim
post #266 of 9206
I ordered it from J+R
post #267 of 9206
yesterday i put my projector at a high shelf (at the level of celing mounting) and i noticed that the picture got like less sharpness and color of couse after lens adjusment for sharpness and down vertical shift. i searched through the internet and i read that to get optimal image you must center the lens of projector to the center of the screen. and low lens shift wont cause much problem, after that i return my pj to its previous state and center it to the screen , and i notice much more sharpness and correct color maybe because of the the right projection to the human eye , try that.
post #268 of 9206
I think I'm going to pull the trigger on this beast on Friday. This will be my first PJ and the whole lense shift thing has me a little perplexed. I will have a 92 screen that I can mount no higher than six feet high because my components are in built-in shelves above where the screen will be mounted.
What would be the optimum height for the projector to be mounted? I can go no lower than 7feet. Would this be acceptable? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
post #269 of 9206
How long to upgrade the firmware? he took 4 hrs it's normal? can we find in the menu the version?

Thanks
post #270 of 9206
Just hooked mine up today and am having problems doing the update. So far tech support hasn't been any help They don't seem familiar with this projector.

I'm following the instructions as best I can tell but I can't open the xxxxx.brec file. I get
"it's not a valid win32 application" on 2 seperate vista pc's. I must be coing something wrong but can't figure it out.
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