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This projector will change your life - it is breathtaking!!!
12 October 2018
This projector has changed my life!
This projector arrived very nicely packaged and had full and concise instructions in plain and excellent English, as well as in other languages. After reading the instructions I had no trouble in setting the projector up.
When I turned on this projector and saw what it was capable of I was awestruck. Until then I had been planning to buy a bigger TV than my mere 32” LED LCD TV, but when I experienced home cinema I lost interest in buying a 55” TV. Suddenly I had, what I measured, was a stunning 58” high (nearly 5 foot) by 108” diagonal (9 foot) image. As I live in a small town I had not been to a cinema for 8 years. Suddenly, I had a real movie theatre experience in my lounge room. And I was absolutely mind-blown by it!
The speakers on the projector are reasonable for TV, but I am used to having stereo speakers, so it sounded wholly inadequate. I connected my $140 Creative Gigaworks T4 stereo speakers to the projector and selected surround sound in the projector’s settings. With the Hifi surround sound inside the projector my speakers had never sounded like this before. They sounded like real movie theatre speakers! I was so pleased with the breathtaking effect, which complemented the impact of the huge image on my wall.
Then my good quality CAIWEI brand 100” projector screen that I purchased on eBay for $38 arrived. I thought this would make a big difference, as I had been using my off-white gloss wall, but it was hard to tell the difference, so if you have a white wall you can use as a screen I think that would be fine to use with this projector. The main difference it made was that I had to reduce the image size to fit into the borders of the projector screen. Of course, this would have increased the apparent luminosity of the image, but there was a trade off, and I don’t think the screen itself improved the image noticeably.
I also purchased a 5-way HDMI switch with remote control and a 2 way splitter/amplifier and some HDMI cables for another $32 on eBay. These allowed me to connect my devices, an ABOX TV Box, an Apple TV 3, and a Panasonic PVR to the TV and projector simultaneously, and to switch between and operate these devices with remote controls, without needing to plug and unplug any HDMI cables. This means I can select different media to stream through the projector’s one HDMI input. So even though it has only one HDMI input, unlike some more expensive projectors, with a 5-way switch you can connect up to 5 devices and control which one you want to use with a remote control unit.
With my devices connected I can stream movies and TV series from Netflix, recorded programs from my PVR, live TV through my PVR (as it has a TV tuner in it), catch-up TV such as iView and SBS OnDemand, and Kodi through my TV Box.
There are plenty of options to select from in the projector settings, all accessible by remote control including optimised or personalised colour, picture and sound. There is an inbuilt electronic keystone correction as well as the manual keystone correction and focus, so obtaining clarity of video is not a problem.
In daytime, with the non-blockout curtains I have in my lounge room, the image is still acceptable to watch, but at night, with the lights off, with the room illuminated only by the glow of the projector, you will feel as though you are in a cinema. My friend is shopping for blockout curtains for me in Adelaide so I should soon be able to have the same breathtaking experience of nighttime viewing during the day.
This projector has changed my life. I am amazed that I can now enjoy a cinema experience, of which I have been deprived for so long by distance from a cinema, in my own living room! I definitely recommend this projector. In my opinion, you probably will not want anything else, such as a bigger TV, after having the convenience and experience of the big screen. I think this projector is excellent value based upon looking at the specifications and prices of other projectors, a lot of thought has gone into it, and I am delighted with having purchased it!