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Originally Posted by Jim1432 /forum/post/16983139
Several months ago I upgraded from a Panasonic PT AE1000U to an RS2 clone (Pioneer) and noticed significant improvements in the black levels as well as the overall contrast. I can't comment on the 3000. The 1000U did have to be sent in one time for repair under warranty (fan and auto iris).
Currently I am projecting on a (2.35 to 1) 105" wide Semour AT retractable screen and couldn't be happier. It has plenty of brightness in a light controlled room. The main issue I have is it does not have the automatic zoom adjustment like the 3000. For standard 16 X 9 and 4 X 3 images I have to zoom out until the top and bottom edges are even with the screen. For 2.35 to 1 I slide down my Panamorph lens, hit the vertical squeeze on the projector, and zoom to fit the screen.
Originally Posted by btizzle /forum/post/16982920
Right now I have the 3000, and I'm just not happy with the black levels. It is 10 ft from a Carada BW screen so I have plenty brightness. Would the rs2 be a better choice?
Originally Posted by btizzle /forum/post/16987668
No, it has not been calibrated. But I have tried turning the brightness all the way down and lamp on eco mode, and I am still not happy with the black bars. They are still too bright. Maybe I will just make my own masking system.
I just thought of a great way to make a masking system. Make a piece of cloth the exact width of your screen with a sleeve on the screen end, and but a wooden dowel through the sleeve for a straight edge and weight to tighten the cloth. Easy enough? I think I might just try this with the panny..