TAW HD-800 CRT Front Projector Page 2
|B. A pair of RS-232 ports let you control the projector with an AMX- or Crestron-type control system.|
Normally, the dealer handles the installation. This includes both physical positioning of the product and electronically aligning the red, green, and blue CRTs to create one image on the screen. I tested the setup process for myself to see how much knowledge the dealer will need. After all, if a dealer only installs one projector a year and this projector is difficult to set up, the likelihood he or she will be up to the task is minimal. In this case, the only thing the dealer needs to remember is how to save changes to memory, which I'll discuss later. Setting up the projector is incredibly simple. With no previous knowledge of how the projector worked, I was able to create an excellent picture in no time at all. Granted, I install other projectors all the time. However, of all the projectors I've had to set up, this was one of the easiest.
Then again, maybe it was the trouble I had getting the changes to save to memory that forced me to become an expert at setting up this projector. The memory structure is a bit trickier than that of most projectors. The end result, however, gives you 80 different possible settings, which you can access directly from the remote. The pair of RS-232 ports allow the user to control the projector from an AMX- or Crestron-type control system, if desired. Once you figure out how it works, you can assign different color-temperature settings to different aspect ratios, among other things. You could have a different setup for 80 different television channels, if you wanted.
|C. The only input option is RGB+Sync.|
The projector also offers three levels of focus. First, there's the typical center-and-edge optical focus offered on nearly all CRT projectors. Second, there's Sheimpfluge (pronounced "shime floog") focus, which mechanically compensates for focus differences between the left and right or bottom and top edges of the screen. In general, Sheimpfluge is difficult to adjust; however, on this projector, it was relatively easy. Turning one screw, from the front of the projector, fixes top and bottom errors, while a second screw corrects for left and right differences. Finally, there are nine zones of electronic focus (only available to authorized installers through the service menu). While other projectors may offer more electronic adjustment, this should be plenty to create a razor-sharp picture.
In our case, the image detail was excellent. DVDs like Braveheart and Planet of the Apes looked sharp and defined. The projector easily distinguished scan lines with the signal scaled to 1,024:768. Tests showed that, on a 1.33:1-shaped screen, the projector could handle a 1,280:1,024 signal before overlapping scan lines. This means that the projector is more than capable of reproducing 1080i and 720p HDTV resolutions, in the 1.78 image area, with extreme detail. The HD-800 is definitely sharper than any projector in this price range.