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Z2 picture tweaking

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by dr no, Apr 8, 2004.

  1. dr no

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    Finally decided to go for the entry level Z2 and wait until DLP technology and price settles.

    Got a great price from Technosound, Dunstable, for £1699 with an 8ft 16:9 Owl Electric screen.

    Anyway any experienced Z2 owners out there??
    I am looking for the optimum picture settings with a component out??
    i.e. what settings for the sharpness, brightness, contrast, gamma etc...???

    Thanks to all those who replied to earlier queries.
     
  2. chris l.

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    I would save yourself some money and look at

    Z2 @ nexnix - £1180

    drh screen manual
    203 x 152 - £158
    231 x 173 - £178

    I find the pre-set "cinema" setting the best for all round use.

    Though simple calibration with AVIA or DVE will allow for personal settings also.

    Regards,

    Chris
     
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    Seems a pretty good deal as 8' Owl electric acreens aren't cheap.

    Yes, calibration is best performed in situ (your own screen, source, environment etc.) with Avia or DVE (Avia being my favourite).

    Best of luck.

    :smoke:
     
  4. buns

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    but make sure you turn the contrast way down ;)

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    The Z2 can store upto 4 custom picture settings.

    If you're viewing lots of DVD's you will find that some come out quite well with the 'Cinema' setting but others seem dull and not very bright.

    So, it's worth setting up your 4 custom settings with varying levels of gamma and contrast mostly. So you can easily find one to best match a particular DVD or other source.

    One suggestion is Gamma +7, Contrast -15, leave other settings at default.
    Hope this helps.
     
  6. dr no

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    Thanks guys.

    But whats Avia or DVE to the lay person?
     
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    AVIA and DVE are calibration discs...... they help you set the display correctly

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  8. dr no

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    cheers buns but where do I get them from?
     
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    You can get dve (which is a PAL disc) from online dvd retailers in the UK while AVIA is only ntsc and you need to get it from a R1 supplier or I think you can get them from our powerbuys forum

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    I think buns is probably too modest to point people to his Z2 calibration beginners guide (which I think may be useful to you) so I have bumped it up. Have a look before it disappears into the ether again!

    ps - I think you can also get the avia disc from nexnix

    Edit: Doh, just noticed that it is listed in the projector faq sticky - oh well....:zonked:
     
  11. buns

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    too kind Quatermass :)

    Of course im not familiar with the latest firmwares, but i can probably point you in the right direction on any particular issue :)

    all the best

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  12. dr no

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    Excellent tweaking guide, buns!

    Very detailed. I haven't got one of those discs yet though!
    I shall look to getting one though.

    In the meantime Could please COPY someones settings???
    Please?
     
  13. buns

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    From experience on AVSforum, we found that copying settings was really a waste of time. A few of us calibrated the Z2 and all ended up with different settings. When others tried to copy the settings, they just never looked right. Until you get a disc, there is little you can do about this unfortunately. The only things for certain is to zap the contrast a way down. Use low1 tempt setting and have the contrast somewhere between -20 and -30 (depending on how dim you can live with the picture). Leave everything else as is until you get a disc though.

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  14. dr no

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    Okay buns.

    I shall do as you advise.
    Thanks for your help though.
    Much appreciated.
     
  15. buns

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    not a problem! If you want any more assistance, feel free to drop me a pm

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    Hmmmm. Has some politicing been going on? just Buns's threads http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=100453 and http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=123703 dont have the main Z2 tweaking info anymore?

    Anyway, i've just got the AVIA disk and i'm having problems adjusting my Z2. It all seems so washed out post-AVIA. Like in Gladiator i think i've got a better tan than the Numbian and the blood they spill is barely red...

    It did give me lowered contrast and higher gamma, its the hues and blue/green/reds im having problems with. You are supposed to adjust the flashing colour splotches using the appropriate filter to all look the same right? Its probably not helped by the fact i've bought a bunch more cables to run things about.

    Anyway i'll take a look at the suggestions above and seem if i can work something out... I'm hoping i can fix some of the VBing, but mostly just to watch the picture as its meant to be watched.
     
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    Buns, in all his wisdom, decided to delete his posts when he "out grew" our little forum :eek: .

    Infantile :zonked: :D
     

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