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Quadscan Elite

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Jimmy the Saint, Aug 16, 2001.

  1. Jimmy the Saint

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    After living with the new Quadscan Elite for just over a week, I can report that I'm thoroughly pleased, after an initial disappointment.<br />The Quad is connected to a Barco Graphics 808s, kindly installed by Atul & Tony. However, I was initially disappointed with the image from my Sony CDX-850 player running into the Quadscan via S-video. Although a considerable improvement over my previous projector, I just wasn't happy.<br />So, on Monday I ordered the new CDX-860 from Paul Taylor in Peterborough (£569) fully RCE modded and as promised it arrived next morning. Not only does this player store 301 discs but it also has Component output AND it can flip dual-sided discs so you never have to get up out of the comfort of your sofa!<br />Atul arrived to tweak the projector and Quad settings and the result was revelationary. After setting up the projector to accept all inputs from the Quadscan running at double,triple,quadruple and XGA we thought we would try the D-ILA setting just to see, but believed that the image would be too soft. How wrong we were. D-ILA runs at 1365 x 1024 and the result is a smooth but extremely detailed image with little or no jaggies. The colour rendition is just awesome and believe me when I say that, as I have been looking at HTPC as the only viable option BUT this is better than ANY image I have ever seen of any combination with the 808s. The Quad is connected to an AVR 3801 so that it powers up when the amp is turned on and the entire system is rigged for complete convenience.<br />I feel entirely satisfied and confident with my set up, so should there be any HTPC diehards or anyone interested in this setup, I would be more than happy to show you, just e-mail me! <br />Many thanks to the following for sorting it all out :-<br />Atul<br />Gordon @ Stereo Stereo<br />W2FM<br />Paul Taylor (Peterborough) <br />Tony Martin <br />HCC forum members <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
     
  2. Blade

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    Jimmy, what size screen are you running?
     
  3. Rob

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    Jimmy,

    I fould D-ila mode was OK for 4;3 and non- anamorphic stuff, but overscanned otherwise. After exprimenting (playing) for hours, I've gone back to XGA for anamorphic and this works well for me (Quadscan 2,50, 808 graphics.) Of course I reserve the right to change my mind at any time <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

    I've thought about the HTPC route. Looking forward to seeing one at the event. Seemes a lot of messing about, but many are taking this route, so it must be good. Not long now.....

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    Blade, the screen is a 16:9 0.1 gain screen, 7ft in width. Seating position is 14ft from screen.

    Rob, I agree that XGA provides a sharp image for anamorphic material, but the visual artfacts and jaggies are far more noticable than on either triple, quad and d-ila settings. For some reason, I'm not sure why, there is banding on PAL region discs when in XGA mode. However, the image is excellent with NTSC material in XGA. The problem I noticed with all the settings i.e quad,triple & XGA, is that when the camera pans across the screen, there are jaggies. Apparently the Elite has been modified to deal with the banding issue which the Pro suffered from. The Elite also has a filter switch at the back to improve either a signal going to an LCD or a CRT.<br />I too would have normally expected the d-ila setting to be too enhanced, making the image soft, but found the setting to provide the best image, for all sources, without the excessive motion artifacting and banding you get in XGA.<br />A priority for me is ease of use, so although an HTPC (and I've seen a few in conjunction with the Barco) can provide a detailed image, having one box that outputs all sources to the projector is more favourable. The image which I receive equals (in my opinion) that which I have seen from a number of HTPCs and the colour rendition is better. I'm sure there are better processors on the market at the moment, but at approx. £1000, nothing can touch the flexibility of the new quad.
     
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    Jimmy

    Very useful info. Thanks for posting. It will give me lots to think about at the Event next week.
     
  6. Rob

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    I don't know all the differences between the Elite and the Pro. Mine has had the output filters bypassed,which were added for DLPs. This makes a big difference apparently (didn't see it before). Other than that I don't know. Not even sure if Gordon has one for the event.

    The jagglies are part of the quadscan unfortunately (pro anyway) due to the Genesis chip used. I don't notice them too much myself, although some find them very distracting. Can't say I've noticed any banding either. R2 discs are never up to R1 quality anyway, the main reason I never buy them. I do hire the odd one though. I also find colours on R2 tend to look a bit yellow. Might try adjusting a few things. One day I might even be there........

    Regards Rob.
     
  7. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    The Quadscan uses hte Genesis chipset for de-interlacing and scaling I think. There are other units...Runco...and Vigatec maybe who just use it for hte scaling part. These do not exhibit the problems you talk about. To me it would seem the Genesis chip itself is good at some things and it's just that it has to be used in the correct application.

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