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  1. I've just picked up a Spyder5 and am having a bit of a first-time fiddle now. I imagine there'll be some teething issues but when I'm confident that I know what I'm doing, I might be able to help.
  2. Item: Projector Screen 130" Scope Majestic Oz Theatre Fixed Screen Location: Perth, NOR Price: $500 Item Condition: Used, good. Reason for selling: Gone bigger! Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Top quality ~$2000 screen. Screen material in great condition. Velour on frame is just starting to peel on joins (not visible from afar). Could either glue back down or cover with black felt tape (which I have). Recommend transporting assembled to save time but can be disassembled. Biggest pieces will still be 3m long, however. Overall size including frame: 3186 X 1431 Viewing area: 3036 X 1281 Check out the link for more details: https://www.projectorscreens.com.au/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=34 Sorry. Local buyers only! Pictures:
  3. My x7900 is as far across and down as possible. No issues that I've noticed.
  4. Thanks Owen. I'll investigate this when I return home. At the very least, I should be able to use the light meter to provide evidence that something is likely wrong with the iris control. We had the projector running for about 7-8 hours (!) without problem on Saturday evening. Fired it up on Sunday and it was back to the dim picture again. 😥
  5. My eyes! Just as I use my ears for volume! My neighbour over the back and one across could tell you all about that. 😆 But yeah, I went ahead and ordered the one you've recommended in the past. It'll be interesting to see what output I've been getting on my preferred settings (should my projector play the game - I just ran it for 1.5 hrs without further issue🤞). Hopefully it'll be waiting for me when I get back from my work trip.
  6. And with a new, unopened globe ready to go, no less. I knew I hung onto it for a reason! Well, things are getting crazy. I fired up the projector and the usual brightness was back. For 10 minutes maybe. And then, boom, dim picture again. I fiddled with the lens aperture to no avail. But then the brightness mysteriously returned a few minutes later. Somebody's messing with me! Something must be on it's way out, whatever it is. A light meter might be a good idea, if for nothing more than supporting my case should I have to return this unit. I'm skipping town for a couple of weeks after the weekend so we'll see what the go is when I get back. Cheers dudes.
  7. Thanks Quark. I always have it on manual because the auto iris is visibly annoying to me. I'm gonna go have a play with it now but I'm thinking, yes, the iris might be stuffed. Argh! I hate doing returns. I've had horrible experiences in the past (though not with JVC). I might have to dust off the old (and reliable!) x35...
  8. Eek. I don't have a light meter 😳 All I know is that it was plenty bright enough last week and now it isn't! I have a 150" scope screen and a pretty long throw distance, which is why I was running it in high lamp mode (though low was reasonable, too). The iris is definitely doing something, I'm just not sure what since it doesn't seem to incrementally brighten or darken the picture. It is definitely set to manual. Oh boy. I might be screwed. Thanks for the reply.
  9. Hey gang. I have an x7900 with a thousand or so hours on it, racked up in just under a year. I fired it up last week and the picture was looking rather dim. I checked the lens aperture setting, which was all the way up. I brought it right down and back up again and the brightness suddenly returned. Phew. Same story this week but now playing with the lens aperture doesn't seem to do anything. It doesn't get progressively brighter or darker, it merely fluctuates ever-so-slightly. The projector is on high lamp mode. I've gone through the other presets and nothing seems to change. Always the same dim picture. It's only just watchable and only because I'm in a total batcave. I couldn't imagine watching a 3D movie on this thing, however. Any thoughts on what's going on here? Thanks!
  10. Interesting. Maybe you could try playing some 2160p multimedia files? https://www.demo-world.eu/2d-demo-trailers-uhd/
  11. Good move. I got jerked around by Epson about 5 years ago. I had my very new projector in for servicing 3 or 4 times (with a couple of weeks in between) and each time it came back with either a) the problem still existent or b) a brand new problem. It wasn't until I went to the original retailer that I finally got some satisfaction. Still, I was sour, and I promptly got rid of the replacement - and my brand loyalty along with it.
  12. I was using a giant 4:3 screen at one stage. I used to just drop it down as far as was needed and I put adhesive black felt tape on the underside of the screen housing to complete the black border (and reduce reflections). Lens memory came in handy for making quick adjustments for the various aspect ratios.
  13. I know which category I fall into but I'm not sure that you do, Owen!
  14. Firstly, apologies to bigkid for contributing to this thread hijack. But... Yup. The IMAX theatrical aspect ratio is actually 1.43:1, so the home versions are a cropped down compromise. However, this does not effect composition as the shots or sequences are framed for whatever aspect ratio the wide-release versions are in (typically, if not exclusively, 2:35:1 or 2.40:1). So that missing portion was just literally filler after all, designed to fill more of your vision, while not including any vital information. If the IMAX scenes can be cropped for 16:9, they can also be cropped down to scope no problem. Maybe we should go back to 4:3 TVs and just make them bigger! That's pretty much all that the 1.90:1 IMAX presentations at your local cineplex offer nowadays: a bigger screen. Yet they've somehow marketed it as something more when they simply don't utilize the full screen area for extended portions and, when they do, it's largely superfluous information. It's actually a form of deprivation/reward stimuli. Maybe they should only turn on the air conditioning intermittently so we get "more" of something that way, too. And just you wait. When people get complacent with that, IMAX will come out with a revolutionary new format: IMAX SCOPE. It's like IMAX - but wider! 😆 Obviously, I find it all a bit silly myself. IMAX only makes sense to me in the confines of true IMAX theatres, where the focus is on immersion over story-telling (which is why IMAX featurettes are limited to 45 minutes or thereabouts). Its popular on the home formats because, let's face it, people feel as though they're losing something by watching scope movies letterboxed on 16:9 displays. Which, I suppose, they are.
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