Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Lahore | Manama | Washington
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Alright, I have had a couple of days to do the basics and here are my findings:
I knew USTs were bad with uneven surfaces but I honestly didn't think they were THIS unforgiving. The wall was one thing, but I hooked up my 120" Azure Pet Crystal screen (more on this later) and there it is again. The bow up top is like a gently rolling hill in Ireland. It's very obvious and one of those things, guess what, that looks way worse in real life as opposed to pics. If you have no choice, I guess you can live with it but I have realized that this entire journey has been useless. I live in the Middle East. They don't do homes with such grand perfection. The walls are are bound to be uneven, if I hook up a screen to the same wall, and the hooks are far apart across a very minor ripple in the wall, the screen WILL bend, ever so slightly, and it's enough to mess up the image. The only, minor, saving grace is that cinema-scope movies with black bars at the top and bottom are less affected though the bend is still there. A PC looks horrible.
Speaking of horrible, all 4K/HDCP handshakes are terrible. My Roku Ultra refuses to do 4K UDR at 60Hz (is that even supported?) and even at 30Hz, the handshakes are erratic. I am running this via a fiber-HDMI cable from my Denon AVR-X4400H and the ONLY thing that works every time is my Nvidia Shield. Not the PC (it's a living room NUC with Intel 540 graphics) and not Roku. I have switched the Roku back to 1080p because I switch inputs a lot between SAT TV, Roku, Shield and my Chromecast. Every input switch is a pain with this projector.
As for the screen, I got a good price but I think you get what you pay for. The Pet Crystal cloth does look amazing (though I think it's not as huge a difference if I was simply projecting on the wall as I have for the last ten years). I do have a lot of ambient light in the room. There's a patio door and overhead lights. I just thought that the image bend issue would resolve itself but try as I might it hasn't. It may be that the frame of the screen is not very impressive aluminum. I see the paint on the 1 centimeter (outer) border already starting to chip off. The thing with aluminum is that the lower grade it is, the easier it bends. I think that's what's happening here. I have no way to fix it and I guess after a sub <3K USD investment, I will live with it, but I am seriously regretting not buying a calibrated Benq (long throw) LK970 or 990 laser. It's twice the price but 1/10th of the heartache. I wasted so much time trying to get everything right and still failed miserably at the end. I truly regret both the screen and the PJ purchase, even with the beautiful and sharp image that it puts up, out of the box.
Oh and the full reset didn't do jack sh1t for me. Regret upon regret.
(Pics to follow from my phone)