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  1. Dean McManis

    Help newbie: Best Plasma screen

    I agree with Rich about the "noise" on the Pioneers. I agree that the Pioneers are among the best looking Plasma displays, but closer up you can see what appears to be scaling artifacts, even with HD source material. Granted that this is seen only looking at the displays too closely (6' away)...
  2. Dean McManis

    Help newbie: Best Plasma screen

    I really like the Panasonic plasma TVs best (TH-50PHD3U is the newest). The black levels and contrast are the best that I've seen in a plasma display, especially considering the $7K street price. I also like all of the 50" Pioneer plasma displays that I've seen, and the Pioneer PDP-503CMX...
  3. Dean McManis

    What is the risk without DVI?

    The other point is that HDCP/DVI is NOT a standard because there are other digital connection technologies out there equally likely to come out on top (Firewire/5C, DFAST), or maybe none of the current planned digital technologies will be the winner. As mentioned, the worldwide accepted DTV...
  4. Dean McManis

    Cheap projectors: Can It Be Done?!!

    Ken, I agree. And cars should cost $3500, and new houses should be $50K tops! But in the perspective of current products, I think that the TV manufacturers would have a tough time trying to sell tube TVs for $500 if you could buy a nice three pound XGA FPTV that would project a 120"+ image...
  5. Dean McManis

    Cheap projectors: Can It Be Done?!!

    The native resolution of DVDs are 720 X 480, and when viewed through S-video or Y-PbPr connections is 640 X 480, so as I mentioned, for NTSC-only viewing the SVGA FPTVs do a decent job. But there are XGA FPTVs out for under $2K as well, and if you are considering using a home theater PC for...
  6. Dean McManis

    Cheap projectors: Can It Be Done?!!

    LaMarcus, Well the brightness is good, as is the contrast, and the bulb life is decent, and the purchase price is good. The only issue that catches my eye is the resolution. 800 X 600 native resolution is fine if you are only going to play NTSC video, and have no future plans for HDTV or...
  7. Dean McManis

    Perforated screen with Marantz VP12 S1?? Help!!

    Harold, I have a Stewart Grayhawk screen 180" 16:9 with the microperf holes. My main projector is a D-ILA, and I don't have any moire problems with it viewing full screen. But I do also have a NEC LT-150 DLP FPTV (which is great) and at certain image sizes I can clearly see moire...
  8. Dean McManis

    TV Size calculator

    I remember when calculators were the size of TVs. Thank goodness for miniaturization. ;)
  9. Dean McManis

    Cheap projectors: Can It Be Done?!!

    I'll put another vote in for the NEC LT150. Just make sure you watch it for some time 30 minutes+ to see if you are bothered by rainbows. I'm not bothered at all and I love the picture quality, good color and contrast. I have mine as my portable home theater that teams up with a PC a sheet...
  10. Dean McManis

    Projectors

    I have had two preforated screens DaLite audiovision, and my current perforated Stewart Grayhawk screen, both were the same 16:9 180" diag size. The Dalite was very inexpensive, and I found that the sound attentuation was minimal. The perforations were visible within 10 feet on a white lit...
  11. Dean McManis

    projector - how much light is too much?

    Dave, Basically, the light that comes into any room reduces how good blacks and contrast is. With a projector that has higher light output, it won't make the blacks any darker, but it raises the overall picture brightness, which causes your eyes to "see" better blacks. I wouldn't be overly...
  12. Dean McManis

    Sony Grand Wega? Good buy at $5300??

    I own the Sony KL-W9000 50", which is the LCD predecessor to the 60" Grand Wega. I love this display. When it was first released, it was sold as a presentation display, and at $17K it was destined for only corporate/event use. But the price dropped, and I watched it go down over a few...
  13. Dean McManis

    Are there any 16x9 CRTs that show BLACK instead of gray on the sides?

    Jesse, I have the RCA DirectTV Reciever (DTC-100) and it allows black bar selection within the control/setup menus. My understanding is that the RCA 38" DTV tube display has the DTC-100 tuner built-in. So it would make sense that it would also have that capability. BUt because RCA...
  14. Dean McManis

    Are there any 16x9 CRTs that show BLACK instead of gray on the sides?

    Jesse, The 40" Panasonic LCD RPTV with 1280 X 720p resolution is selling for under $3K. Link Removed And I bought my XGA DLP FPTV for under $2K a while ago, so there are some great deals out there if you look around. But I don't know what your budget is, so I would be way off if you are...
  15. Dean McManis

    Are there any 16x9 CRTs that show BLACK instead of gray on the sides?

    Many non-CRT displays support black bars because they don't have any burn-in problems. There will be some nice LCOS and H2 DLP RPTVs coming out with good black level and contrast, along with high resolution, good colors, and PC input. And almost all of them display side black bars when...
  16. Dean McManis

    Sanyo XW15 with CC Filter

    Hank, I haven't done it with a Sanyo, but I just had my JVC G15 recalibrated with magenta filter, and saw a visible improvement in both contrast and black level with the $35 filter. The type of filter needed (if one can be used) is different between various projectors and different bulbs...
  17. Dean McManis

    60-inch D60WLCD Rear-Projection Widescreen LCD

    David, There should be more product/technical announcements about upcoming DLP/RPTVs in about a week at the Infocomm conference/show. -Dean.
  18. Dean McManis

    60-inch D60WLCD Rear-Projection Widescreen LCD

    I'd pass on the Zenith, and wait for the Samsung. The Zenith has decent resolution, but the 200:1 contrast rating seems relatively low. My understanding is that the Samsung will be using the new H2 DLP chip with MUCH better contrast and black level performance. I'd wait for the H2 based DLP...
  19. Dean McManis

    Is DVI/HDCP a critical feature now?

    Brent, Probably to two biggest competitors are DVI/HDCP, and 5C/Firewire, but there is also DVI/DTCP. If HDMI is HDCP compliant then I wouldn't consider it a separate encryption technology, but conversely if someone big like DirectTV or a few of the larger electronics manufacturers adopt HDMI...
  20. Dean McManis

    Projectors LCD vs CRT

    Carl, There are three classes of CRT projectors. Video grade (15.75Hz H), which are older, and can only display NTSC video. Data Grade (32hz), which can handle line doubled and 1080i HDTV input. Graphics Grade (48Hz+), which can handle 720p HDTV and 1024 X 768+ computer inputs...
  21. Dean McManis

    Is DVI/HDCP a critical feature now?

    There are three different digital encryption standards out now. None are compatible with the existing RGB and Y PbPr connections, and they are not compatible with each other.:angry: I'm not sure, but I don't think that the DVI connection is compatible with computer DVI output to DVI/HDCP...
  22. Dean McManis

    FPTV - w/ cable TV and some lights on??

    Ryan, From the looks of your room layout a roll up screen will probably be the best choice, and manual ones aren't too expensive. With a blackout window shade, you will have good light control, and the HT will look much better with a bigger screen and a FPTV (and maybe the old TV in the...
  23. Dean McManis

    FPTV - w/ cable TV and some lights on??

    Ryan, You might just want to paint the wall(s) white or light gray. The picture is surprisingly good looking, the cost is minimal, and it just looks like a blank wall when not in use. and the paint cost is so low that you can experiment with lower gain materials (better blacks), and high...
  24. Dean McManis

    Do flat screen have the same longevity as a regular tube tv?

    By flat screen I'm assuming a flat faced tube display (not plasma), and they haven't had them for nearly as long as curved tube CRTs on regular TVs. But they have had flat screen computer monitors for many years. And if that's any indication, they should have an equal lifespan to the...
  25. Dean McManis

    FPTV - w/ cable TV and some lights on??

    I have the Grayhawk screen as well and it is great, but not cheap. It helps with black level, shadow detail and contrast. It isn't a huge transformation, but provides a subtle, visible improvement. -Dean.
  26. Dean McManis

    FPTV - w/ cable TV and some lights on??

    Yeah thanks Gabriel, after 1300+ hours on my last bulb I replaced my bulb with the Cermax 500W bulb, for about that price. But it's not a simple proposition, and there are no guarantees that it will work right, and it's questionable if it voids the projector warranty buying a non-factory bulb...
  27. Dean McManis

    Plasma TVs- lower than HDTV resolution?

    Gabriel, I just saw EPII on a 60' wide screen and the one comment that everyone made was how bright the picture was. It was probably the brightest thatrical image that I've seen so far. I'm not sure exactly what model that they used, but I really doubt that it was more than 8000 lumens...
  28. Dean McManis

    Plasma TVs- lower than HDTV resolution?

    Gabriel, Actually the Barco 912 is a good example of specsmanship. The 3200 X 2560 is again the addressable resolution, and has little to do with the actual resolvable resolution. The 12" CRTs are great for boasting that they are the industry's largest, and the larger CRT area allows...
  29. Dean McManis

    FPTV - w/ cable TV and some lights on??

    Thanks for the math Gabriel. ;) Actually the D-ILA G15 (Which I own) factory bulb cost is $800, and the G20 is $1400. At $1400, the 1000hr bulb life works out to $1.40 per hour, so $2000 would require less than 4 hours a day watching TV (every day) for a year. But my comment was mostly there...
  30. Dean McManis

    FPTV - w/ cable TV and some lights on??

    Ryan, One of the nice things about digital projectors is that you can zoom the image size down on many models. When I have to watch VHS, or DSS, or other lower resolution video sources I just shrink the size of the picture with the remote and it looks fine about the size of a large RPTV.:)...
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