Well, we actually had time to sit down and watch a movie last night - SpyKids2.
The movie itself was entertaining. I really like Robert Rodriguez, ever since his first with El Mariachi. It is a quirky movie and I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone, but thumbs up from me. The 10 minute film school was worth the price of the DVD.
The blacks were too black at the start of the movie, but we turned on the projector and watched the movie — no warmup. The movie itself has some fairly ‘dark’ opening scenes as well. After the movie was over I went back and reviewed the opening (dark) scenes and found that I had much better black detail. I’m hoping there is a fine line between warmup time and proper calibration that will give a good balance of ‘instant on’ watching but not be overly bright once the unit warms up a bit.
The blue tube is a growing concern. At one point during the movie I saw one raster line of bright blue randomly on the screen. I need to track down what is going on, it might require swapping the neck boards to see if the problem moves with it.
Overall, I’m pleased with the image quality. I think moving up to the 9″ CRT from the ECP 7″ has helped in detail and brightness and it shows in the end image.