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I've just been virtually "given" a SONY VPH-1031QM!

Being new to this game, I would like an honest opinion as to it being user-friendly or not (to an amateur like myself!)

In other words, can it be set-up "out of the box" as it were, as the previous owner sold it to upgrade and was using it recently. I have looked on the net for any info on this machine but cannot find anything that would help!
 

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All the info that you need is here:

www.eboyztoyz.net


and there are loads of posts and knowledge on this forum. Use the search function to find info on any problems you have, if that doesn't work then just ask - you find that there are a lot of very knowledgable people on this forum. I'm an amateur, and I set up my 1031q over a period of about 2 weeks, it got better every day.


You have the european version, so some of the info on making cables will be slightly different - you have a scart connector instead of a 25 pin D-type connector. I believe that the rest of the projector is pretty much the same though


The 1031q is a great projector, serious performance per pound. You'll get the best image if you connect it to a computer, using that as your DVD player, though you can use a standard composite input - this gives an acceptable image if you are new to projectors, but the rgb input from a PC will blow you away.


Welcome to the 1031q club! You're going to enjoy this......


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Thank you VERY much - I appreciate the fact that there's somebody out there to help! Just a quick question: the unit came without a remote OR a user manual - is this going to be a major problem for me? and if so, has anyone got a manual!

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The service manual is available for download from the www.eboyztoyz.net site - it contains much more information that the user manual, which just covers setup, positioning and basic operation - I believe this is all duplicated in the service manual.


The remote for the 1031q is a large wired remote - go to ebay and do a search on sony vpr 722. This isn't necessary, but can be useful if you mount the projector on the ceiling - it duplicates the power switch, inputs and some of the top panel controls.

If you could pick up a remote + cable for a good price you might find it useful, but you won't be lost without it.


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This is one of the easiest CRT's to set up. It throws a KILLER image if it is set up correctly and has good tubes.


One of the things you need to check first is for burn in and fungus on the SD-187 tubes which these projectors use. If it has been in storage for a whilel it most likely needs a tube cleaning.


Check out the e boys sute for all you will need to know and then coma here and ask all the questions you need. I my elf dont see any need to upgrade from a 1031Q :) But, yes there are much better units but I have always compaired this one to a DWIN HD-700 that is about 4 X the price if not more.
 

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Originally posted by gazza
I've just been virtually "given" a SONY VPH-1031QM!

Being new to this game, I would like an honest opinion as to it being user-friendly or not (to an amateur like myself!)

In other words, can it be set-up "out of the box" as it were, as the previous owner sold it to upgrade and was using it recently. I have looked on the net for any info on this machine but cannot find anything that would help!
User friendly its not. BUT, its not really difficult to set up. Its mostly just familiarizing yourself with all the controls, what they do and how they interact. Don't be intimidated. Its actually kind of fun.


As for trying it out of the box. Turn on the test pattern, then move the pj back or forth until the patterns converge and are in focus as close as possible. This is because the projector, if it were being used and was working well and set up correctly, is set for a particular screen size/distance to screen. You don't want to go messing with focusing and coverging just to get an idea of its condition.


If the lines in the test pattern are fairly sharp and overlay closely, then feed it a signal and see what you think. If you like what you see, then realize once you are able to work the adjustments, that the first picture you look at is probably the worst its ever going to look.


As for the manual and remote, download the manual as others have said and you probably don't need the remote. And that's from a guy that has a NIB remote and cables in my closet that I'd love to sell if I ever decide I'm not going to use in my setup. Also if you decide to go with the remote, I'm not sure if the VPR-722 works with the Euro version 1031 or not.


A great projector for beginner or enthusiast. Let us know how you're doing with it. BTW, does your friend who almost gave it to you have any relatives in the US? Wish someone would give me one.


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Sorry Marv, but when I acquired the projector from my friend he had to be "taken-out" for fear of him wanting it back!!! (and before he went, I interrogated him as to any other living relatives with similar foolish and frivolous traits, to be told that, unfortunately, he and his have always been afraid to fly and therefore 100% British!)

Thank you so much for your interest and time and I will definately post again!

G ;)
 
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