Got mine a week ago. Prices have dropped to $5500. Without spending $10K on a D-ILA, I think it is the best projector out there for viewing DVD material. Great colors out of the box, screen door not visable past 6' on a 100" screen, very good blacks, and very bright. Could read a book and watch a movie if you so desired.
My 16:9 Greyhawk should arrive this week. Currently viewing on a yellowish-gold painted wall, and somehow the colors still look very good. I mostly watch DVD's so they are already displayed in widescreen format. The XP21N also has a widescreen mode that stretches the 4:3 image to a 16:9 screen if so desired. I am considering having a 4:3 pull down screen in addition to the 16:9 fixed screen for viewing 4:3 material.
The XP21N also has a widescreen mode that stretches the 4:3 image to a 16:9 screen if so desired.
This can't be an optical stretch. Do you mean it zooms out the picture so the 16:9 area covers the entire screen and the remaining top/bottom areas fall off the screen? How can a 4:3 panel projector "stretch" to a 16:9 image?
Basically, I am wondering how I can do this:
4:3 image shown on a 16:9 screen
16:9 image shown on a 16:9 screen[/list=a]
Can you do this with different modes in the projector?
Search me on this site for some background. But it's a 1.3 gain Da-lite Da-snap fixed. I haven't checked bulb price, but I read somewhere that they were about $400, But I would expect you might pay about 75% of that. They're supposed to last 2000 hours.
Contrast is much better than an LP350. Looks just like a direct view CRT to me. It's all that I have been secretly desiring, but thinking couldn't be had. I used to rate movie production based upon how contrasty it looked on my projector. Now, I've discovered all those "dark" and "low contrast" DVD's have much greater contrast than my local state of the art stadium cinema.
My 12 year old says this projector is as bright in the daytime as the LP350 was at night. My wife's reading lamp used to seriously compromise the picture, and now it's irrelavent. It lights the room up so much you might not even need a reading lamp! We just watched Jurassic Park and That Thing You Do tonight. Just plain stunning. My son keeps pointing out details that he had never noticed before in movies he's seen numerous times on several displays(I'm doing the same thing, but without verbalizing every time). I'm totally thrilled. It's like upgrading all your DVD's at once.
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