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I have had the HT1000 for a couple of weeks now and I am getting very comfortable with it's vast assortment of controls. It is quite impressive what set ups the projector remembers, even on the same input. For instance on the component input, I have my Motorola HDTV box and RP82 DVD player routed through a switch box. The HT1000 recognizes the different signals on the component input and remembers completely different set ups for each source device. Very cool.


I have been using Zoom Position to move the image to the bottom of the projection screen. Although the blanking is barely visable, being able to move all of the blanking to the top of the screen is very nice.


But this brings me to my 1st wish for a future software update. It would be nice if some of the "Image Option" settings could be stored with as much flexibility as some other settings. For instance, 3D Reform and Zoom Position.


Zoom position resets after switching the input and shutting down.


Being able to set and remember 3D Reform not only as a global adjustment, but also as an input or user mode adjustment would provide a nice level of flexibility.


That's it for now. Maybe other HT1000 owners could chime in with their wish list thoughts.


I watched a couple of colorful flicks tonight. Legend of Bagger Vance and Driven, and the HT1000 presentation of color is really quite nice. ;-)


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Howdy RJ...Does the Motorola HDTV box allow for setup with a 4X3 display device so that one could use the Panamorph with it and the HT1000? Thanks.
 

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I have been using Zoom Position to move the image to the bottom of the projection screen. Although the blanking is barely visable, being able to move all of the blanking to the top of the screen is very nice.



Zoom position resets after switching the input and shutting down.


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Have you tried the position controls located in the screen setup section instead of the zoom position. I believe the projector does remember this setting. I think it can only be used when the projector is setup for 16:9 screen. I wasn't sure how what setting you are using for the screen.


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My wish, I wish I had one. Been looking at forum for over a year now, almost feel like HT Crazy, will there ever be a perfect projector? Well this might be it. I'm waiting for the first of the year price drop though.
 

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Howdy RJ...Does the Motorola HDTV box allow for setup with a 4X3 display device so that one could use the Panamorph with it and the HT1000? Thanks.
My model is the 5100 and it does not offer any scaling. It simply has the HD mode with "by pass" where anything less than 1080i is scaled down within the 4:3 frame. Then it has 480i & 480P which scales non HD source to fill the screen. I prefer the other setup that reduces the non-HD source in scale thus minimizing artifacts.


Maybe I have over looked any available scaling controls. There is an aspect setting for 4:3 or 16:9, I have it set in 16:9.


What seems to be the best way to handle the use of a wide screen lens, anamorphic or panamorph, is to use the HT1000 #4 zoom feature which stretches the verticle. Then use the 3D Reform controls to squeeze in the sides of 4:3 material which will appear too wide with the lens in place.


Of course the lens could be swung out of the way and that would let the HT1000 use more pixels for the presentation.


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Have you tried the position controls located in the screen setup section instead of the zoom position. I believe the projector does remember this setting. I think it can only be used when the projector is setup for 16:9 screen. I wasn't sure how what setting you are using for the screen.


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My observation with the screen setting... if I use 16:9 it squeezes a DVD source image into a smaller pixel grid with blanking on the left & right as well as above and below. But it does work well with the 1080i HDTV output and it does remain saved as you noted. Zoom position works better with a DVD source coming in at 480i. Now if my DVD player output 1980i, the screen setting option would be a good choice.


There are certainly alot of little nooks and crannys on the HT1000. I can't wait to unlock the service mode someday, to see what options lurk inside this baby.


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My ceiling mount got here today, and after catching up on posts here, it's down to the HT to permanently mount the HT1000.


A couple of wish list items, other than a 16:9 panel, which I'm sure will be on the next version of this projector:


1. Optical keystone adjustment for greater mounting flexibility.


2. Grey or black case.


3. Ability to use color profiles. Color profiling is not yet big in projecting color images, but is commonly used in color printing and can enable a printer output to closely match input. Kodak is apparently working on color profiles for use in digital cinema. Maybe each DVD could include a profile to ensure the projected image closely matches the color and contrast of the film print.


I'd guess NEC has someone periodically checking this board for HT1000 posts, so let's give them some ideas. That the HT1000 is as good as it is right out of the box, suggests NEC has been listening to their potential customers.


Has anyone had their HT1000 calibrated by a professional with a color meter? I wonder how much difference it would make.


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Has anyone had their HT1000 calibrated by a professional with a color meter? I wonder how much difference it would make.


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Just looking a 0-100 IRE scale shows the projector seems to have very good color balance thru the spectrum. No green, red or blue shifts are apparent to my eye.


My current interest is trying to maximize the upper end of the IRE spectrum. I wish there was a way to see how the available gamma settings of Dynamic, Normal and Black Detail are tweaking the IRE spectrum. If the HT100 had a video output, I could hook it up to a waveform and learn a whole lot.


Perhaps it's time for someone to order a HT1000 service manual? I will look into that tomorrow. I might alos try to talk to a tech support person about the Gamma settings.


Ideally, an ISF specialist will take the HT1000 under their wing and see what fine tuning will benefit the projector.


I'm not quite sure what size screen I will end up running, so I am nowhere near a final mounting position yet.


Interesting idea regarding color profiles. What has been your observation with their use on computer displays? It always seemed to me that there were only a couple of monitors who were on the same page at properly implementing the technology. I'm also pretty sure there are already broadcast digital video standards for the video signal that may be able to be adopted for use with a projector. Unfortunately, where as a monitor can be somewhat controlled and a global set of profile rules could be maintaind, projection may have too many variables that would affect the way a profile would display across a range of applications.


Perhaps as Alan learns more about Regal Cinema install of DLP, the calibration tools they use could be explored.


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3. Ability to use color profiles. [/b]
I just did a yahoo search on "digital cinema calibration" and found some very interesting reading.


The biggies seem to be the SMPTE DC28 iniative, of which NEC is a strong supporter, and then there is the THX "TAP".


In both acses, it is important that a third party trained in digital cinema calibration, inspect and adjust the thearter. So, it is probably unrealistic to expect HT applications to be any better at offering an automated calibration.


Although, maybe someday a projector might incorporate an onboard metering system that measures projected test material and automatically tweaks the presentation.


I am wondering if such a rig that was also 1080i 16:9 native, could be priced around $5K?


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Mike, (mraub)


What came with your ceiling mount. Mine came today too, my problem is that the box contained the threaded locknut, the plate and the swiveling coupler. The instructions say to mount it to an aftermarket ceiling plate or a 1 1/2 inch NPT pipe.


Is yours the same? Where do you get NPT pipe? How would you mount that to the ceiling?
 

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Glen,

See my response to Alan's post about the mount. All you need is an 1 1/2" diameter floor flange to mount to the ceiling and a 1 1/2" diameter nipple that will connect the flange to the mount. Costs about $6 at Lowes. Use standard 1 1/2" plumbing pipe and fittings.


I'm experimenting with other combinations of pipe and adapters, since I need the HT1000 as close the the ceiling as possible.


1 1/2" pipe is pretty standard for projection mounts. It was needed with 150 pound CRT's, but is massive overkill for
 

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Getting back to the poster's original title, my request is a long throw option (no, I don't want an LT260). That way I could buy one !
 

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Getting back to the poster's original title, my request is a long throw option (no, I don't want an LT260). That way I could buy one !
A long throw option would ne nice, but it looks like the HT1000 lens assembly precludes and "easy" lens swap.


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A long throw option would ne nice, but it looks like the HT1000 lens assembly precludes and "easy" lens swap.


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RJ,


I see, still I was thinking more along the lines of what they did with the LT240/260 and offer both flavors.
 

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I have been using Zoom Position to move the image to the bottom of the projection screen. Although the blanking is barely visible, being able to move all of the blanking to the top of the screen is very nice.


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A couple of questions here since i'm strongly considering the ht1000.I'm going to be using the pj in 16:9 mode with a 16:9 screen.The questions i have are concerning the blanking features.As i understand it you can move the 16:9 image to the top or the bottom of the 4:3 chip and the remaining area is physically shut off by the projector correct?Or is there a blocking device(small slats) that literally block any light spill from the remaining unused portion of the chip?When i was reading Allens first assessment of the ht1000 i could have sworn that he was saying that there were physical blanking devices that were adjustable on all 4 sides of the chip so that you could even go so far as to completely blank out the side bars on a 4:3 image inside the 16:9 image on the ht1000.Which is true or does the ht1000 have both features?As well what kind of light spill can i expect outside of the borders of my screen from the rest of the chip?Thanks.
 

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Which is true or does the ht1000 have both features?As well what kind of light spill can i expect outside of the borders of my screen from the rest of the chip?Thanks. [/b]
The HT1000 tunrs off the pixels as you manually adjust the blanking or when the projector automatically sets the blanking. So the pixels in the off state generate the black level of a completely black signal, which is to say there is some level of light actually projected which can be seen. It is dark, but just visible. A higher contrast screen may take the blanking light level down to a point which can not be seen. I have not tried my HT1000 with a high contrast screen set up.


The HT does not have physical blanking shudders.


There is some light spill around the area that immediately surrounds the chip. The distance between the edge of the chip image and where the light spills start is a good distance of about a half a screen width in all directions. The light level of this spill is equal to the black level of the main chip. I was not able to see the spill until I brought the projector very close to the projection screen.


My projector has some contamination on the back of the lens assembly that is creating some small, hand size light spill spots just off the viewing area. These spills are the same light level as the chip producing black. NEC is working with me to resolve these spills by either giving me a new projector or lending me a projector while my unit is corrected.


If the lens assembly was easier to remove, I would clean the optics myself. However, the lens assembly and DLP chip housing are an integrated fabrication and I am not quite up to servicing the unit with out a service manual.


I would say the HT1000 has better than average light spill control, but it is not 100%. For that matter, are there any DLPs with 100% light spill management?


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Hi,


1. 47,952 HZ via DVI for NTSC from an HTPC

2. 50,000 Hz via DVI for PAL from an HTPC



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Hi Christoph,


My wishlist would be 72hz and 75hz via VGA or DVI without tearing. :)


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