The forum software doesn't allow you to create a poll until after you start a thread. I struggled with the poll options (still not happy with them) so the thread was up for quite a while before I finished and submitted the poll. Sorry about that!
I set up my PJ and enjoyed the learning process. I understand that many have no interest in doing it themselves. I also understand that the GOOD pros , of which there are several on this board, will do a much better job than most, if not all of us hacks. So lets not debate that! It's been argued to death. No need to rehash it.
I bought my XG750 from a local government liquidation for dirt! cheap. It had toasty tubes so I bought new ones, re-tubed and calibrated myself the best I could with my limited knowledge and equipment and from reading until my eyes bled everything I could on AVS.
I would love to have a pro over to see how much more can be extracted from it. When is the next time your in Edmonton Curt?
My 2500 ECP was also once government owned. I got the two for $80! One was junk but the ECP had potential, thanks to the help from you guys I fixed the PJ (loose chip on convergence board) I spent about thirty minutes last night re-converging and focusing the lenses and messing with The RGB focus pots. Now I don't know what your high end dollar marquees and 808's look like but my mouth fell to the floor last night when I popped in "A sharks Tale" so see what this projector was capapble of! The color was amazing and it was perfectly focused. I'd say there's alot of satisfaction you get out of setting up a PJ yourself, even though I'd love to have a pro show me the ropes if I had the money!
I guess that I'm a "pro". I've sure as hell set-up alot of projectors. Now that the customers are all using resolutions like 2048x1536 the adjustments become more and more critical. The best tool that I've seen for set-up is the Microvision system. It lets you look at the light profile on a monitor so you can easily see the peak light level and the peak black level while displaying one pixel on, one pixel off resolution patterns. It's amazing how small of an adjustment of the lens focus will effect the resolution. The test set will let you adjust the electronic focus on the knats ass, too. When finished the resolution can easily be 20 or 30% better than when done by "eye".
Have done a few self-calibrations and was "okay" with a Marquee. Struggled with a few of its quirks but managed good focus corner to corner with maxed out rasters.
The new XGLC will be calibrated by Doug Baisey though, because I want that last 10-25% out of the picture. Will probably contact him next week about coming over within the next 30 days in fact. The new tubes should have about 200 hours on them by then.
Btw, there is alot more to calibration than just astig and focus I think. There is also color and greyscale and getting the best possible picture for each input, because one setup doesn't compliment every input. Some of that setup just can't be done without the proper (expensive) tools.
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