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Originally Posted by steve1106 View Post
You kind of caught me since I only do a really basic calibration consisting of really not much on my part other than eyeballing it and using the basic (simple) adjustments while running the Disney "Wow" blu-ray every 500 to 1000 hours. I originally tried the advanced settings (and spent too much time trying to get it right unsuccessfully) only to end up resetting it to factory after the family asked what I had done to the projector's good out of the box image...but here are the basic settings.

2097 eco lamp hours
Brightness 57 now vs in the 40s when new...probably due a bump up soon
Contrast 40 now
Color Saturation 47
Tint 50
Color Temp 5
Skin tone 3
All advance settings are too factory.

Very basic after resetting it the first time and I usually just work via "Wow" on adjusting the brightness and contrast while checking the colors to see if they look right to me as the lamp ages. I am certain it is off a good bit from what a real calibration would yield but it looks good to us.

If my two Epson HC2000s are any indication (totally different setting needed), these things vary like cars off the assembly line and each one is uniquely different even with the same room/screen.

(I found the car differences firsthand when I totaled my first new inexpensive car back in 89 and purchased the same new car a few months after the first only to discover at least a four plus mile to the gallon highway difference with the new car. Wrecked car got 28 mpg max /never better/ and the new one consistently achieved 32 mpg and on longer trips 38 mpg. Still haven't figured that one out. Maybe the first was a Friday motor and the second a Monday motor or the fact I babied the first and drove the second.)
Great! Thanks for sharing. I've seen mention of the Disney Wow disc elsewhere. Perhaps my next move is to order one of those to help dial in the settings. I've only got 100 hours or so on this PJ and most of those are my kids gaming. I've also got a HDMI splitter to run a plasma sitting behind the drop down screen that could be causing some havoc as well. Nevertheless, I am sure i'll tinker with this system until the end of time but it's a fun hobby.
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It has been a while since I posted so here is a brief summary of my "room/us": I do a 151.5" 16:9 on a screen painted wall at a main (3 recliners) seating distance of 12 feet and two other recliners at 14 feet and 17 feet along with a couch for stretching out at 11 feet. Everything is temporary since 2013 with the plan of finding a "retirement" home any day. Admittedly I'm coming up on my fourth year of retirement in October and the wife is nearing her third come July. (I'm still only 57 so not elderly yet.) Sound is a simple 7.4.

So... my Epson HC3700 died at 27 months last month and I upgraded to a faux 4K Epson HC3800. Really a nice upgrade when fed a quality 1080p or 4K source. Some negatives... color/tint varies with lesser "HD" so there are some memory present changes that have to be made depending on the content. Also, my existing equipment was an issue limiting 4K to 30Hz instead of the projector's 60Hz. I had to upgrade the player for true 4K and 60hz while bypassing the existing 7.2 AVR which wouldn't accept true 4K and limited the output to 30Hz. Next purchase a new AVR.

With the increase in "contrast" I "treated" the room a bit more with the addition of "curtains" via pressure rods to block some of the reflected light on the ceiling. Surprisingly it made a noticeable difference when viewed from our seats.

Just a few samples of the 4K... up close.

And a few of the room with the lights on (note... it is a basement... my basement and the other two floors of the house are maintained by an adult... i.e. the wife):

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Epson HC3800/HC2000; Screen - 151.5" 16:9/TV or 143.5" 2.35:1/HT at a seating distance of 12-15 feet; Yamaha RXV675 for 7.4; Speakers - Infinity Primus; Subs - 3 Polk PSW10s, 1 BIC F12; Headphones - 5 JVC wireless; Sony 4K Blu-ray player/six pairs 3D glasses.

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