Qualia ....wowowow.

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  1. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    Well I spent all yesterday sitting in a darkened room with PJ HiFi's 004 projector. Elliot and his staff spent several hours getting the thing mounted and positioned accurately then we left it for a while to warm up.

    It has now taken the crown of quietest projector I've ever heard. In the demo room the loudest noise was the swich of the air con....We had to turn that off to hear the super quiet Qualia.

    By end of day we had, what I consider, the best image I've ever seen from the discs I put on. Robbie Williams, ROTK, MIB2.....I was surprised. I'd been told by those in the know that DVD was going to look rubbish on it. Well, I guess they just never saw DVD out an Arcam FMJ in to a Lumagen then out to an 004. Pretty stunning. I have more work to do and we need to get HD server up and running with it so it's only going to get better. As it stands I'm very happy so far. The PJ staff all commented on how it just doesn't look like a fixed pixel pj. They are used to DLP of course. For those interested to see the pixels when I was doing focus I needed to be 12" from the screen.

    Can't wait to get back to do some more.....just a bit busy right now though.

    Gordon
     
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    Sounds great, how much is it going for?
     
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    If you need to ask...

    Regards

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    Would you say it beats an equally-well-set-up 9" CRT, Gordon?
     
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    Qualia is £21,450 including ceiling bracket lamp and short throw lens.

    I'll let Gordon field the 9inch question, but my CRT is up for sale :rotfl:
     
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    Peanuts, I may just have to get 2. In case one gets dirty!
     
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    I think that was the clear and intentional implication.

    Other Nick
     
  8. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    Nicholas: 9" crt will probably always have it's devotees. I LOVE 9" CRT. All projection technology has issues but for me I think that the Qualia is the best compromise at present.

    The beauty of Qualia to me is that it's such a fluid looking image. The technology doesn't exagerate artefacts like some digital displays. The closely packed pixels and the sheer amount of them really make it very analogue in it's representation of the image. I'm looking forward to doing some more tiime with it later this week,

    Gordon
     
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    Not an impulse purchase then! How big a market is there at this price, just curious as its way beyond anything I could justify however good.
     
  11. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    Gary,

    Need to wait to see a Ruby with realworld material in a real environment. I'll get back to you in 4 weeks on that....

    G
     
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    Hi Gordon

    Nice to see your here again
     
  13. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    I've a very busy few days/weeks...along with the move it's kept me away from here quite alot...which I'm sure some folk actually appreciate.hahahaha

    G
     
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    Looks like Technoworld is at it again

    Now they have the Qualia for £4700

    here

    :rolleyes:
     
  15. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    those techno boys seem pretty clued up...just the sort of folk you want to hand your cash to...

    G
     
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    I think they are just trying to wind Elliot up

    You will end up ordering the Qualia at that price and end up receiving a Sanyo Z4 through the post about 6 weeks later
     
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    Well I spent the whole afternoon working at PJ HiFi again today. I've been doing some custom gamma curve stuff for the big Q. I think I've got it nailed for DVD now. Looking rather spiffy......combination of on board Sony maniulation and the Lumagens 11 point adjustments....and some sneaky other stuff.

    Will be back to finalise the HD source sometime next week.....but it's pretty spesh already.

    G
     
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    I saw the 004 at the Manchester show last Saturday, it certainly blew everything away that I have seen so far.
    A pitty the demo was only in HD Bluray, as I would have liked to have seen it with standard dvd as well. :cool:

    Its big :eek:
     
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    On November 24th PJ HI-FI will be showing the Qualia 004 as part of there Genelec open evening, it will be shown as part of our reference room with both SD and HD material :) Even if you have seen this before i would suggest a visit, it will be the best you have ever seen this unit.

    There may also be another projector there you lot are interested in but this is TBC. :rotfl:

    Exact timings for the event will be posted on PJ HI-Fis website in the near future.
     
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    My German's a bit rusty, but didn't that say that it did accept 1080p / 50 & 60 & pSF?

    And were those real screen shots? Don't trust screen shots, but rather nice, nonetheless.

    Nick
     
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    Yep, 1080p 50 and 60 thru DVI AND hdmi. AND 24sf thru component :D
     
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    Very informative pic of how xenon lamps are close in spectrum to normal light and how UHP lamps differ with blue/green peaks and red dip. Looking at the chart I would think that a UHP lamp with colour correcting filter could do a similar job (fl-day for instance), but at the expense of some lumens.

    Looking forward to part 2.

    Gary.
     
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    I watched some HD today on a Qualia 004 at the What HiFi Show and it looked very average, the colours were dull and the contrast looked poor - the whole image looked washed out... The room was pretty dark so I don't think that was the problem, given what Gordon and Elliot have said, I guess it just wasn't set up very well :rolleyes: ...
     
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    Without a doubt, it truly is the most satisfying image i have watched :D
     
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    Simon: I was worried that Sony might muck up their demo's. SIM2 are lucky they have AlanR to sort theirs out.....

    I am pretty confident I've not lost the plot...this is a nice piece as our US cousins say...

    G
     
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    Also saw this at the What HiFi show today. Unfortunately it was only HD material (some rubbish with statues, plates and some old cloth), and then the room lights broke. I would have loved to see some SD material :(

    My first impressions are that its huge, and that it could heat a small room comfortably with its fan! The unit itself is very quiet considering its size. I love the modern look. From an image point of view, the only thing I could tell from the brief demo was that the image has a fantastic smoothness to it, whilst the image remain sharp. I didn't expect to see the Ruby in action, but is was good to see it in the flesh.

    I also spent some time in the Sim room. I'm very sensitive to rainbows, and I was delighted to say I found the C3X absolutely fine. Unfortunately I found the actual image dull and uninspiring. Could be due to the huge screen they had possibly?

    The worst of the show has to go to the 7205 and 4805 demo. I only lasted 30 seconds before walking out, the rainbows were that bad.
     
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    It wasn't all bad, there was almost no noise in the 004 picture and I could see how it could/should be awesome... I only saw the SIM2 in the What HiFi demo, more noise than the 004, but the blacks were much better...

    PS UrbanT, the SIM2 is a 3-chipper so no rainbows :thumbsup: ...

    PPS I also noticed the heat coming from the 004,:censored: hot!!!
     
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    :rolleyes: :( :(

    My 2 cents:

    I saw in a local hifi-show both Qualia 0004 and Ruby and on HD-material Qualia was better than Ruby - not by a great margin but noticable all the same.

    There was no 9 incher to compare but I would say that Ruby was better than my 8 incher Barco D 808 S :(

    Yours

    Arto
     
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    Some people claim to see rainbow like effects on 3 chippsers.
     

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