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On another note, I hooked up my Darbee video processor to the Panny last night. Great extra performance. For anyone that doesn't already have one, it's a no-brainer for $100-200.
I've got "double darby" going on in my theater. My oppo 103D has it and I have a stand alone unit after my Marantz 7009. I loves me darbees! They are a great compliment to any projector setup..
 

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Wait.........no pics? C'mon man!

LOL...........just pulling your leg. But, if you have a chance.......yeah, share some pics with the folks here for reference on how your unit is performing.
pic of current "ghetto" set up while I wait for the Amish to finish my table build...
 

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I've got "double darby" going on in my theater. My oppo 103D has it and I have a stand alone unit after my Marantz 7009. I loves me darbees! They are a great compliment to any projector setup..
I was wondering if anybody was doing that, with two Darbee products in a row, particularly starting with an Oppo. Darbee says you can do that and it would be cumulative. I presume, though, that doing 50% on one, and 50% on the other, would be the same as just 100% on one. I currently have mine set on 55% HD mode and don't switch it for different sources/material, but haven't completely dialed it in yet.
 

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I was wondering if anybody was doing that, with two Darbee products in a row, particularly starting with an Oppo. Darbee says you can do that and it would be cumulative. I presume, though, that doing 50% on one, and 50% on the other, would be the same as just 100% on one. I currently have mine set on 55% HD mode and don't switch it for different sources/material, but haven't completely dialed it in yet.
If you think one Darby at 50% and another at 50% would equal 100% on a single darblet you would be dead WRONG! (like I was :D)
One Darby at 100% does some wayyyy funky things to my image but not with 50% and 50% on two Darbee units. I believe there is someone here on AVS running four or five of them for 3D. I know of multiple people that run duals that will also tell you that the sum of two darblets does not equal the same percentage on one darblet.
I eagerly await the people that want to yell at me for altering the "director's image"...and telling me how I am killing small seals with a club (thanks chu) because I am altering the "intent" of the director's film.....
 

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I believe there is someone here on AVS running four or five of them for 3D.
Okay, now THAT's funny. Only home theater nerds like us would do something like that.

I'm glad you posted this. If I were to get an Oppo, I was thinking because I already have a Darbee I wouldn't need the Oppo Darbee edition. But it sounds like it would be even better!
 

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Okay, now THAT's funny. Only home theater nerds like us would do something like that.

I'm glad you posted this. If I were to get an Oppo, I was thinking because I already have a Darbee I wouldn't need the Oppo Darbee edition. But it sounds like it would be even better!
For me it is. I also run my subs a bit hot, wife hates that. It's all personal preference...Give it a try, I think you will enjoy it..
 

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If you think one Darby at 50% and another at 50% would equal 100% on a single darblet you would be dead WRONG! (like I was :D)
One Darby at 100% does some wayyyy funky things to my image but not with 50% and 50% on two Darbee units. I believe there is someone here on AVS running four or five of them for 3D. I know of multiple people that run duals that will also tell you that the sum of two darblets does not equal the same percentage on one darblet.
I eagerly await the people that want to yell at me for altering the "director's image"...and telling me how I am killing small seals with a club (thanks chu) because I am altering the "intent" of the director's film.....
What's the benefit/reason to run multiple darbees?
 

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OK, I'm slightly confused. I already have my projector but have not yet mounted it pending completion of the room. I plan to ceiling mount with a 16.5' thrown range onto a 140" diagonal 2.35 screen. I will use lens memory with zoom to transition from 16x9 to 2.35. I had planned to mount slightly above the top of the screen to provide headroom.

I originally read the manual and thought I would be good to go. Page 23 of the manual gives guidance for projection of 16x9 onto a 2.25 screen:
Projection screen size 16:9 in 2.35:1 size*2
Screen Diagonal (SD) Minimum distance(LW)Maximum distance(LT)Height position(H)
1.27 m (50") 1.16 m (3' 10") 2.37 m (7' 9") -0.25 to 0.75 m
1.52 m (60") 1.40 m (4' 7") 2.85 m (9' 4") -0.30 to 0.90 m
1.78 m (70") 1.64 m (5' 5") 3.33 m (10' 11") -0.35 to 1.05 m
2.03 m (80") 1.88 m (6' 2") 3.82 m (12' 6") -0.40 to 1.20 m
2.29 m (90") 2.13 m (7' 0") 4.30 m (14' 1") -0.45 to 1.35 m
2.54 m (100") 2.37 m (7' 9") 4.78 m (15' 8") -0.50 to 1.49 m
3.05 m (120") 2.85 m (9' 4") 5.74 m (18' 10") -0.60 to 1.79 m
3.81 m (150") 3.57 m (11' 9") 7.19 m (23' 7") -0.75 to 2.24 m
5.08 m (200") 4.78 m (15' 8") 9.60 m (31' 6") -0.99 to 2.98 m
6.35 m (250")*1 5.98 m (19' 7") 12.02 m (39' 5") -1.24 to 3.73 m
7.62 m (300")*1 7.19 m (23' 7") 14.43 m (47' 4") -1.49 to 4.47 m

With a 140" diagonal, I fall between 120" and 150".. So if I assume worst case with a 120", it allows for a height position from lens center to bottom of screen of -.6m (23.6") - 1.79m (70.5"). My screen height is 55", so this means I should be able to mount projector up to (70.5"-55")=15.5 " above the top of the screen. I only plan 6" above top of screen which falls in the range.

Reading this thread however, I hear people saying that using lens memory for 16x9 on 2.35 screen means you need to be at or below top of screen which conflicts with page 23 of the manual. Which is right? I'd hate to have to drop the projector...I'll start hitting heads.

TIA for relies.
 

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If you think one Darby at 50% and another at 50% would equal 100% on a single darblet you would be dead WRONG! (like I was :D)
One Darby at 100% does some wayyyy funky things to my image but not with 50% and 50% on two Darbee units. I believe there is someone here on AVS running four or five of them for 3D. I know of multiple people that run duals that will also tell you that the sum of two darblets does not equal the same percentage on one darblet.
I eagerly await the people that want to yell at me for altering the "director's image"...and telling me how I am killing small seals with a club (thanks chu) because I am altering the "intent" of the director's film.....
To be honest i could careless about those people claiming that it kill " director's image " the only thing that matter is your eyes & these two combo have been very pleasing to my eyes that it's enough to hold me until 4K projector prices come down.
 

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To be honest i could careless about those people claiming that it kill " director's image " the only thing that matter is your eyes & these two combo have been very pleasing to my eyes that it's enough to hold me until 4K projector prices come down.
You are preaching to the choir my friend! The bottom line for all the money we spend on this is so that WE enjoy it!
 

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OK, I'm slightly confused. I already have my projector but have not yet mounted it pending completion of the room. I plan to ceiling mount with a 16.5' thrown range onto a 140" diagonal 2.35 screen. I will use lens memory with zoom to transition from 16x9 to 2.35. I had planned to mount slightly above the top of the screen to provide headroom.

I originally read the manual and thought I would be good to go. Page 23 of the manual gives guidance for projection of 16x9 onto a 2.25 screen:
Projection screen size 16:9 in 2.35:1 size*2
Screen Diagonal (SD) Minimum distance(LW)Maximum distance(LT)Height position(H)
1.27 m (50") 1.16 m (3' 10") 2.37 m (7' 9") -0.25 to 0.75 m
1.52 m (60") 1.40 m (4' 7") 2.85 m (9' 4") -0.30 to 0.90 m
1.78 m (70") 1.64 m (5' 5") 3.33 m (10' 11") -0.35 to 1.05 m
2.03 m (80") 1.88 m (6' 2") 3.82 m (12' 6") -0.40 to 1.20 m
2.29 m (90") 2.13 m (7' 0") 4.30 m (14' 1") -0.45 to 1.35 m
2.54 m (100") 2.37 m (7' 9") 4.78 m (15' 8") -0.50 to 1.49 m
3.05 m (120") 2.85 m (9' 4") 5.74 m (18' 10") -0.60 to 1.79 m
3.81 m (150") 3.57 m (11' 9") 7.19 m (23' 7") -0.75 to 2.24 m
5.08 m (200") 4.78 m (15' 8") 9.60 m (31' 6") -0.99 to 2.98 m
6.35 m (250")*1 5.98 m (19' 7") 12.02 m (39' 5") -1.24 to 3.73 m
7.62 m (300")*1 7.19 m (23' 7") 14.43 m (47' 4") -1.49 to 4.47 m

With a 140" diagonal, I fall between 120" and 150".. So if I assume worst case with a 120", it allows for a height position from lens center to bottom of screen of -.6m (23.6") - 1.79m (70.5"). My screen height is 55", so this means I should be able to mount projector up to (70.5"-55")=15.5 " above the top of the screen. I only plan 6" above top of screen which falls in the range.

Reading this thread however, I hear people saying that using lens memory for 16x9 on 2.35 screen means you need to be at or below top of screen which conflicts with page 23 of the manual. Which is right? I'd hate to have to drop the projector...I'll start hitting heads.

TIA for relies.

The people here are correct, and it's not contrary to what you're reading in the manual. That part of the manual has nothing to do with using the lens memory for a CIH setup, it's only talking about projecting one ratio image onto a different ratio screen (and leaving it that way). The heights given in the table are referring to what the lens shift will accommodate. Because of the way zooming works in conjunction with lens shift, if you want to switch between multiple aspect ratios and have each one fit the screen correctly (without having to adjust the lens shift each time) when using zooming and lens memory, the center of the lens not only has to be at or below the top of the screen, it also has to be centered horizontally.
 

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My Panasonic Is Blooming!

Is anyone else out there having a problem with white blooming and bleeding on the Panasonic PT-AE8000U? It is happening across the board with all media including the test pattern (see attached). The projector is brand new and otherwise there is no problem. But this is really noticeable. There was some very minor dust during installation so I tried wiping the lens to no avail.
 

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Is anyone else out there having a problem with white blooming and bleeding on the Panasonic PT-AE8000U? It is happening across the board with all media including the test pattern (see attached). The projector is brand new and otherwise there is no problem. But this is really noticeable. There was some very minor dust during installation so I tried wiping the lens to no avail.

How many hours on your bulb ?
 

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Is anyone else out there having a problem with white blooming and bleeding on the Panasonic PT-AE8000U? It is happening across the board with all media including the test pattern (see attached). The projector is brand new and otherwise there is no problem. But this is really noticeable. There was some very minor dust during installation so I tried wiping the lens to no avail.
Have you calibrated yet, using something like the Spears and Munsil calibration disc? I posted a few days ago, that mine came out of the box with the brightness MUCH too high. Calibration took care of white blooming.
 

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Just an update on my AE8000u that was displaying the white blooming issue. Projector People sent me a replacement projector. This one definitely does not have that issue so it really must have been a defective unit. Much happier now.
 

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Just an update on my AE8000u that was displaying the white blooming issue. Projector People sent me a replacement projector. This one definitely does not have that issue so it really must have been a defective unit. Much happier now.
There was clearly an issue with your original one, glad you got it resolved..
 

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ChannelMaster DVR+ Crashes When Connected to PT-AE8000

My ChannelMaster DVR+ will either not turn on or if forced to reboot will lock up with a magenta screen if connected to my PT-AE8000. I had no problems when connected to my previous PT-AE4000. I returned the unit to ChannelMaster which found nothing wrong. After I isolated the problem to being the DVR, ChannelMaster indicated that it was a problem with HTCP and implied they will not be fixing this. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this?

I also posted in the DVR+ owners thread several days ago, but no response.
 

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Thanks for this info - after trying every setting with the Keystone off - brightness all the way down etc. etc. on the Panasonic PT-AE8000U I realize that there is a real Bloomin' problem.
I will try to exchange as you did.
 
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