Tom, great review-thanks for picking this up and checking it out.
I downloaded the manual-this is the worst manual for a highly technical product I've ever read-no where do they tell you the offset (no table, no diagram, etc.). My Dad is about to be in the market for a PJ (he really liked my X1!) and the H30 would be perfect-good scaler/deinterlacer, better colors than the X1 I'd expect-and its 4:3. He's in an area with no HD cable and watches a lot of SD Baseball in the summer-so he needs a native 4:3 PJ with a good deinterlacer.
Can you provide any approximates with the offset?-if your screen is 92" wide let me know (approximately):
Distance from the ceiling to the center of the lens
Distance from the top of the projected picture in 4:3
There exists no where on the internet this tiny piece of information-usually you get it in the manual, but see above for what I found. Offset is a HUGE issue-reading all these posts from people with A10Xs and Dell 3200MPs tell the story of oddball offsets.
Explain the 16:9 masking now that you have seen it. Is it like the "window shift" of the NEC PJs where you can move the 16:9 image around in the 4:3 window? Is it stuck top or bottom? Is the light spill any worse/better than your HT1000 or an X1 when in 16:9?
Can you explain the problem with HDTV a bit better? Seems like it would be in the same spot as a 16:9 movie. Very weird. Is the whole image bigger or does only one edge move up/down.
Finally, I've read countless of your posts over in the +3.5K forum and have noticed that you are a big fan of the 4:3 PJ + Anamorphic lens. From the specs as given, it would seem that this would be a great candidate for a panamorph. For $2200 or so you'have 600 lines of horizontal res (yes I know you're losing something vertically) which is more than a matterhorn-total cost would be just above an LT240K (RGBW [email protected]
) after its rebate-plus, a panamorph seems to hold its value better than any PJ if you went native 16:9 2-3 years down the road. Sound like I'm trying to talk myself into a panamorph for my X1-and I am. But this looks like the best of both worlds (real HT wheel, brighter than any X1).
Let us know how you like it after comparing it to your other PJs.