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post #151 of 2880
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Originally Posted by waterclocker View Post

Woohoo!!! My HD65 is sitting at home waiting for me! I'm projecting on to my a Da-lite High Power. I can't wait! I'll post a mini review, check back later.

Pics nao!
post #152 of 2880
how would you compare this projector to a mitsubishi hc1500
post #153 of 2880
Does someone compared the optoma HD65 with the Epson HC720 ?
I am concern about dust blob on LCD.(dusty environnement)
Does DLP are immune to dust blob ?
I just bought the HD65 at COSTCO.
I found the picture very good but since it is my first projector, i have nothing to compare. I saw really good reviews for the Epson so i could changed my decision
. I need your advice. Thank you.
post #154 of 2880
I dont see it listed at that store on the internet. Is it in stores only.
post #155 of 2880
Ug, I got it all setup. I see the infamous rainbows everywhere!!! It totally drives me crazy. I feel a little weird after watching for a while too I saw some rainbows on a older DLP projector. I thought they would have improved the technology by now. The picture looks great and I want to like it, but the rainbows are driving me insane!!! I'm sure the High Power isn't helping things either. It super bright and probably makes the rainbows pop out more. I'm sad Would anyone like to buy a HD65 with only a few hours on it?
post #156 of 2880
I needed to replace my NEC HT410 that died over the weekend. On a budget of a grand the search was on! I narrowed it down to the HD65 and the Mitsubishi HC1500. In the end I just went with my gut feeling and bought the HD65 last night.

I had to use our tripod to mount it because the screws I have for ceiling mount won't fit. So not ideal, but I couldn't wait for a depot run. When I fired it up (Ratatouille), the picture was so bright, I was surprised to find it was eco mode. My first impressions are ...well... HOLY COW!!! I feel bad for people that have issues with RBE because DLP can be so nice. I did see them on my old unit but they never bothered me. And eventually I had to try to find them to see them. But I haven't had a problem yet. I am going to watch Sin City and Transformers to get a better feel for my new toy.

I'll see if I can get some pictures up and maybe a more complete review.

Answers to a couple of q's I've seen:

1: BB carries it but check the website not all stores have it. Also. I had to ask for it because it was nowhere to be found on the floor.

2: Even though the Optoma website indicates there is a 1 year warranty, the card mine came with says 2 years.

3: The fan (in eco mode) is extremely quiet. It is quieter than my NEC, which was advertised as whisper quiet.

4: Yes, there really is a tripod mount.


And Guitar-
can you explain the superwide again. I don't understand the "set zoom to 1." Mine does not have a zoom
post #157 of 2880
Brightness and color sticks really out. I do see a little rainbow but not enough to be bothered. I was used to the HD7100 (when it worked) and contrast, blacks and depth of the image is a lot better with the 7100 compared to the HD65. I guess the better optics and the DC3 are responible for it. I do not see the super wide function in my menu (connected via hdmi, AI off and native resolution). Will keep checking unless someone knows the solution (doe it only work with other connections?)
post #158 of 2880
Thread Starter 
My setup was a Tosh HD-DVD player with HDMI and all 2.35 movies could be used with superwide. Make sure the movie your playing is 2.35 aspect.
post #159 of 2880
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by waterclocker View Post

Ug, I got it all setup. I see the infamous rainbows everywhere!!! It totally drives me crazy. I feel a little weird after watching for a while too I saw some rainbows on a older DLP projector. I thought they would have improved the technology by now. The picture looks great and I want to like it, but the rainbows are driving me insane!!! I'm sure the High Power isn't helping things either. It super bright and probably makes the rainbows pop out more. I'm sad Would anyone like to buy a HD65 with only a few hours on it?

High brightness and contrast will bring more rainbows to those that see them. Make sure you're in econo mode, tune down the contrast or anyway you should use a calibration DVD and tune the blacks and whites. HD-DVE for SD or HD or Avia for SD-DVD. Oh a ND filter would help also. Maybe a Neutral Density 3.
post #160 of 2880
While setting up my new HD65 I saw a flash of rainbows while shifting my eyes from the menu which was displayed against a black screen. Other than that, nada. This is after about 50 hrs of viewing. If I'd never heard of rainbows I wouldn't have noticed this subtle effect. I am glad because this is a fantastic machine and I would have hated to have to return it because of rainbows.

HD TV is sharp and the HD65 is capable of revealing the many less than perfect broadcasts posing as HD. Letterman and Leno always satisfy. DVDs are great and will allow me to defer the purchase of a Blue Ray for a while until prices fall a bit. Standard def digital satellite images are often good enough to match DVD quality which amazed me.

This is a very bright projector and is much brighter than my old Epson S1 which was rated at a similar brighness. The colours are basically up to the users. I found it a bit intense so I turned the saturation down a bit. This flexiblity is great and the HD65 should be capable of satisfying a wide range of tastes.
post #161 of 2880
watched standart tv yesterday through video input and picture was as good as it can be. With that connection I saw on the menu the superwide function. When I connect with my oppo from dvi to hdmi (very short and good cable) the menu does not show the superwide feature. Anybody notice the same or do I have a faulty pj?
post #162 of 2880
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Originally Posted by guitarman View Post

My setup was a Tosh HD-DVD player with HDMI and all 2.35 movies could be used with superwide. Make sure the movie your playing is 2.35 aspect.

The menu does not even show that option when I connect dvi to hdmi - I have seen that option connecting with video. I send that question to optoma - let's see waht they answer.
post #163 of 2880
Okay, I need help with the superwide feature. I have tried a Toshiba A3 @480P, 720p & 1080i, Zenith dvb 318 upped @ 720p&1080i, and a Toshiba dvdR @ 480p all with the same results. I set the superwide to on and the original aspect ratio remains the same for 2.35:1. Am I missing something here? I thought this was supposed to make the two main widescreen formats appear @ the same aspect ratio. It does cut down 1.85:1, but 2.35:1 remains OAR.

I don't get it.

Edit:
All via component.
post #164 of 2880
You could post more Screenshots?
Please.


Thanks,
Peter
post #165 of 2880
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by peter*grimes View Post

Okay, I need help with the superwide feature. I have tried a Toshiba A3 @480P, 720p & 1080i, Zenith dvb 318 upped @ 720p&1080i, and a Toshiba dvdR @ 480p all with the same results. I set the superwide to on and the original aspect ratio remains the same for 2.35:1. Am I missing something here? I thought this was supposed to make the two main widescreen formats appear @ the same aspect ratio. It does cut down 1.85:1, but 2.35:1 remains OAR.

I don't get it.

Edit:
All via component.

The manual should tell you everything you need to know on how to use superwide. There was something said earlier about making sure you use the native aspect choice also. I'm getting the HD71 today which has superwide also, will see how it works and post back.
post #166 of 2880
There is an option for superwide. I will take a screenshot of it. Anyway, I managed to set it up but have little time to calibrate it. Hopefully, have the time to do it on this weekend. Here are screenshots taken (sorry, aint good at photography)



post #167 of 2880
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Originally Posted by peter*grimes View Post

3: The fan (in eco mode) is extremely quiet. It is quieter than my NEC, which was advertised as whisper quiet.

I have to write a reply to this because I totally disagree. I think the HD65 makes terrible noise, and is far too loud. I used to have the HD70, which was much quieter. And I use it at "eco" mode too.
post #168 of 2880
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Originally Posted by hammers View Post

I have to write a reply to this because I totally disagree. I think the HD65 makes terrible noise, and is far too loud. I used to have the HD70, which was much quieter. And I use it at "eco" mode too.

Funny, while at was comparing the two in-store, the HD70 running on eco sounded as loud as the HD65.

In high bulb however, the HD65 was louder (at least louder in that I could detect it in a busy store).
post #169 of 2880
Definitly not loud in econo - had the H31 and the HD7100 (the loudest one) and this one is very quiet and it is right in front of me when I watch movies/TV. So far a beautiful machine but trying to figure out why super wide does not work when connecting dvi to hdmi.
post #170 of 2880
Oh yes, I forgot to mention that when I took these screenshots, there is mild ambient light in the room. This is my first projector. I did see a little rainbow effect but I could live with it.

HD65 is a little noisy to some people. It is not distracting enough to drive me up the wall.
post #171 of 2880
Just grabbed a HD65 and screen this afternoon (was going to get a W500 but cancelled the order).

Will post review and screenies tomorrow!
post #172 of 2880
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Originally Posted by hammers View Post

I have to write a reply to this because I totally disagree. I think the HD65 makes terrible noise, and is far too loud. I used to have the HD70, which was much quieter. And I use it at "eco" mode too.

For now, I have the hd65 mounted on a tripod that is less than 2 feet from my head. To my senses it is quieter than my the NEC ht410 mounted 4'-5' above my head. Additionally, from my experience I can say that is runs quieter than the inFocus sp4805. I am not saying that it's the quietest projector out there, just the quietest one that I've used.
post #173 of 2880
Does the superwide mode work with movies shot in 2:40 - almost all new movies are in that aspect
post #174 of 2880
Thread Starter 
It should, I got this on how to use it from the HD71 manual.

“SuperWide“ is “Off“ as default.
 How to use “SuperWide”
1. Use a 2.0:1 screen that buy from Optoma
2. Enable SuperWide
feature to Auto
3. Use zoom ring in top of projector to fit the image width to the screen width
post #175 of 2880
I just noticed that I cannot change the lamp brightness settings while watching HD dvd via Toshiba A3 (using component @720p). I popped in an hd movie and noticed the projector got slightly louder. I associated this with the lamp settings. I paused the movie and searched though the menus for the lamp settings. I no longer have an option to change the lamp brightness!! To check this I changed the input on the projector to a non-HD source. Sure enough, not only did the projector quiet down, but now I have the option to change the lamp modes.

Is this normal??
Does this happen to those of you using HDMI?

I couldn't find anything about it in the manual. And if it's in this thread I missed it.

I thought I would check with other owners before contacting Optoma. As I find this annoying and borderline unacceptable.


Update:
I tried different setting on the dvd player (A3), over 720p locks in the bight setting, below 720p allow you to change to std (eco).
post #176 of 2880
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Originally Posted by peter*grimes View Post

I just noticed that I cannot change the lamp brightness settings while watching HD dvd via Toshiba A3 (using component @720p). I popped in an hd movie and noticed the projector got slightly louder. I associated this with the lamp settings. I paused the movie and searched though the menus for the lamp settings. I no longer have an option to change the lamp brightness!! To check this I changed the input on the projector to a non-HD source. Sure enough, not only did the projector quiet down, but now I have the option to change the lamp modes.

Is this normal??
Does this happen to those of you using HDMI?

I couldn't find anything about it in the manual. And if it's in this thread I missed it.

I thought I would check with other owners before contacting Optoma. As I find this annoying and borderline unacceptable.


Update:
I tried different setting on the dvd player (A3), over 720p locks in the bight setting, below 720p allow you to change to std (eco).

After playing around a bit more, I discovered that this is associated with Image AI. I don't even really know what AI means, other than it's supposed to improve contrast.

Can someone give a more detailed description of what Image AI is?
post #177 of 2880
Sadly, the HD65 and I won't be staying together. I returned it yesterday after a full calibration and 4+ hours of viewing time.

I found this unit to be very difficult to watch for an extended period of time due to severe color breakup (rainbows). My previous DLP was an Infocus IN72 which I believe used a 4x, 6-segment colour wheel and I very rarely saw any rainbows on that machine (even at high brightness during high contrast scenes).

No doubt the added brightness of the HD65 played a role but the rainbows were very fatiguing and I was a little sick after watching a few demos.

A great little machine nonetheless but not for me. I think I might have to retry for the W500. Just my 2 cents.
post #178 of 2880
What picture tweaking should be addressed by people who see the rainbows in a very minor way - not enough to be truly bothered by it? Minor rainbows might be eliminated by some minor adjustments within the picture - any suggestons by the experts?
post #179 of 2880
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Originally Posted by klover View Post

Sadly, the HD65 and I won't be staying together. I returned it yesterday after a full calibration and 4+ hours of viewing time.

I found this unit to be very difficult to watch for an extended period of time due to severe color breakup (rainbows). My previous DLP was an Infocus IN72 which I believe used a 4x, 6-segment colour wheel and I very rarely saw any rainbows on that machine (even at high brightness during high contrast scenes).

No doubt the added brightness of the HD65 played a role but the rainbows were very fatiguing and I was a little sick after watching a few demos.

A great little machine nonetheless but not for me. I think I might have to retry for the W500. Just my 2 cents.


I sent mine back already too. Same problem... I tried alot of adjustments and lowered the brightness alot. It didn't help one bit. I saw a older benq 720p unit at a friends this weekend. With the color wheel 5x and even 4x I had a hard time seeing any rainbows. I didn't get to view any dark scenes though. Just to be safe, I'll probably stick with LCD.
post #180 of 2880
I have had the Hd65 for a couple of days now... and I must say I love it!!
I have owned the Sp4805,In72,hd1000,Hd70,
hc3000(purchased it with hd65 at BB at the same time and returned the Hc3000) and BenQ w500...
and I like the hd65 better than all of them.... I think it
beats all of those machines in every way except the W500 has better scaling ... other than that the Hd65 has the edge in black level, shadow detail,color,and Brightness for sure. I love dlp and i see no rainbows what so ever... sorry about the ones that due because this projector kicks A$$. I will post some screens later on tonight. The only problem I'm having is getting the superwide feature to work ??
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