Pros 1080p and single HDMI feed
Cons finding a 25' rs232 cable
Summary Picked this up a few weeks ago and have been enjoying it since.
Full Calibration took a little time. Great detail, contrast and natural colors. The day/night modes make it simple to start and run, nearly optimized, in differing light conditions. My 8 year old can operate it (which isnt necessarily a good thing).
just wished the HD sports had better production - nfl network sucks
Optimized 1080p output from 3 hdmi sources, handles all the switching, and room for the future. Only 2 cables are run to the projector an HDMI and rs232. All other inputs are handled by the VP (this is a great benifit). The VP also handles all remote functions which can be located in the same rack as the other AV equipment - makes RF application a snap.
The rs232 cable (DB9 female/female) must be orderded on-line (not available at RS,CC,BB) if you need more length than the 2-3m cable provided. I got lucky and an insturmentation engineer had a 7.5m his filing cabinet.
Pros 2-piece set up, good optics, sharp, 3D like images
Cons auto iris useless, full field blacks poor, unreliable
Summary The HD81 DOES have auto iris, auto aspect ratio
selection for anamorphic lens, trigger for anamorphic lens motorized sled.
Great connectivity with separate processor, Gennum scaler very good, projector is bright,
good colorimetry, great detail, good mixed field contrast range, three year warranty.
Film mode 48Hz doesn't work with anamorphic lens mode, full field blacks look gray, projector is loud in high brightness mode,
quality control and unreliability have required three exchanges in nine months.