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Z3 theater black?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by PC_112, May 27, 2005.

  1. PC_112

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    I can have an almost completely dark room and I will project on a 92" diagonal screen. I will be watching from a bit more than 3 meters away.

    If I buy the Z3 and use the theater black, can I get a good contrast from this projector without any significant loss in other aspects of the image quality?

    Do other Z3 owners use Theater Black? If no, why?
     
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    The only side effect of theatre black mode is the picture is not as bright but this is not a negative effect on the picture quality.
    The picture is much better using the theatre black mode.
     
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    I've set up two user settings exactly the same, but for the difference in lamp output, and I can't see any difference :confused:
     
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    I'm surprised by that, it makes a very distinct difference on my setup!
     
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    To be honest, I think the preset picture quality settings on the Z3 are unusually excellent - 'creative cinema' seems to work very well for DVD's, giving deep blacks and impressive shadow details.

    I think the mistake I was making before, was that one setting was set as 'A1 Lamp' not the 'full power' setting, so it was an unfair test ;)

    Do you guys use the defaults or your own calibrations?
     
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    After a fair bit of fiddling I've gone with the creative cinema mode and I've changed the colour temp to high, adjusted the iris to -53, overscan to 0 and the lamp to theater black.
    I'm using a HDMI signal upscaled to 720p and the picture is awesome.
    I find with the colour temp on low1 the grey scale looks very green.
    I've left the red green and blue settings as they are.

    I've also got another preset which is as above but with low1 for colour temp and contrast +5 and brightness -4 which also looks very cinematic.
     
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    I went thru DVE last night again and I've come up with these settings-
    start in creative cinema,
    contrast +6
    brightness +2
    iris -53
    overscan 0
    lamp-theatre black

    this gives loads of shadow detail and nice deep blacks.
    I've left the colour as it was as it looks pretty good to me(I'm no expert mind you!)
     
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    I'm still using Rone's settings from another thread and I daren't touch them now as things look excellent :)

    Of course, a lot must depend on what the default settings on your DVD player are like, and how warm you like your colours, but the above mentioned give me a totally cinematic, rather than natural, look, which is what I was after.
     
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    gingerone, how dark is the room you are using the Z3? Whats the throw distance and how big is the screen?

    Geesus, which are Rone's settings?
     
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    My room is very dark but there is a bit of light reflection of my walls unfortunately, my screen is 7.5 foot diagonal 16:9, my projector is about 3.2 metres back and I sit just over 4 metres bak from the screen.
     
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    Rones settings are superb as a base but it does depend on your own set up, I used his settings and then just finetuned them to what looks best on mine.
    I'm amazed by how good the picture is now, I have a panasoinc plasma that is set up extremely well but just does not look anything like as cinematic as the z3.
     
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    Has anyone got any base settings using component?
     

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