Originally Posted by Skiingmaniac00
I know people have referenced tvsuperstore as a place to PM but has anyone actually gotten it somewhere else for that price? They have it for $1297 which would be great steal. I'm looking to replace my Epson 8350 that is starting to have Auto-Iris issues.
Seems there are a few on Ebay as well around $1649.
I can't remember. Are we allowed to post those prices? Yeah, that's a killer deal, but since it's a posted price online I wonder if it's an unauthorized reseller. Often that won't be a big deal if it's sourced in-country from a domestic distributor, but sometimes they're foreign grey market products and therefore might not be eligible for warranty work.
In Canada, my dealer was CDW.ca and they claim they are an authorized Sony reseller (although that is hard to check because Sony Canada doesn't have a comprehensive list like Sony USA does). That makes sense because they sell a LOT of Sony stuff and work with large institutions and the products are sourced in Canada. However, they briefly advertised a discounted price for the 45ES online for what I believe was the lowest price in Canada at the time. I jumped on the deal but it seems Sony might have complained because a week later CDW.ca removed the listing completely. In fact, it's not there even now. What they have is mainly business projectors. However, I ordered in May IIRC and didn't get delivery until October, which I guess was the price to pay for saving a few hundred bucks. It worked out for me though since my old projector is still going strong, despite the fact it keeps telling me to replace the lamp, with a shade under 2000 hours.
BTW, the 45ES is a near-drop-in replacement for my old Panasonic PT-AX200U in terms of placement, despite their huge differences in size. I get the same ~89-90" maximum screen size at just under 9', and the vertical lens shift for the two models is not too different. I haven't done an exact comparison, but if anything, the 45ES may have slightly more vertical lens shift, or at least the same amount. The one difference is horizontal lens shift requirements are somewhat different, I suspect partially because the PT-AX200U has an off-set lens. On the Sony 45ES, the lens is central. I had to use some horizontal lens shift for the Panasonic, but essentially none for the Sony.
Right now my black levels are OK, but I suspect they could get noticeably better if I painted the ceiling and walls. Ceiling is white and walls are sort of olive colour. But I just can't be bothered. As much as I like great black levels, I like my free time even more. Maybe in a couple of years I'll hire someone to repaint my walls and paint my ceiling, but right now it's just not a high priority for me, and I'm not interested in doing it myself. Unfortunately, it'd probably cost me $500-1000 CAD to get it painted by somebody good. I'm not going to pay some college student $250 for a half-assed job.
Note that I do not have a screen. I am still just using flat Sherwin Williams Gray Screen paint on a flat wall, which is a very near match to Munsell N8. Given how bright this projector is, I could consider going to a Munsell N7 to N7.5 as an experiment to see how that does, but probably the better solution would be to paint the other walls and ceiling.
I tried some 1.0 gain screen samples, and they gave me hotspotting, so those were out. Higher gain would be even worse. Darker screen colours would work, but the N8 paint held up quite well compared to those. Plus the problem for me with black levels isn't so much the in-scene black levels, but the black levels of the bars when the material isn't 16:9. When in-scene black levels aren't perfect, I can sometimes forget about it, but the dark grey bars above and below the scene are more noticeable. So even if I got a screen, I'd still have to paint the walls and ceiling. (I tried N9 and it was too bright, and N7 was too dark for my old projector.)
But like I said, it's still an improvement over my old projector and even more important, the shadow details are noticeably improved. And as mentioned, the number 1 feature: It's dead silent. I'm so glad I didn't get that high pitched whine people complained about. That was the main thing I was afraid of.