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WHAT DOES AN ANAMORPHIC LENS DO AND DO YOU NEED IT?

WHAT DOES AN ANAMORPHIC LENS DO AND DO YOU NEED IT?

The Paladin DCR Anamorphic Lens

Sounds like a cool name, right? So, you just shelled out big bucks to get your new native 4K projector and the complimenting 2.35:1/ 2.40:1 aspect ratio screen. What if I were to tell you that you aren’t getting all 8.8 million pixels of the 4K resolution on that new screen? With most projectors that have lens memory you can have multiple formats to choose from. In the case of the cinemascope 2.35:1 or the anamorphic 2.40:1 you probably chose this format screen because you are a movie lover and don’t care to have black bars at the top and bottom like with a 16X9 format screen.  Even with the image filling up the ultra-wide format screen, you are still projecting those black bars top and bottom of the screen. It’s very dim, but if you hold a mirror to the over-scanned area, you will see clearly. What if I were to tell you that you can get all 8.8 million pixels on the screen, improve your overall image brightness, and therefore increase your total contrast? It’s really easy to do, the answer is an anamorphic lens. 

Ok so if you have spiraled down the rabbit hole, you know that you are serious about performance. Most people are content with enjoying a native 4K projector zoomed out to fill an ultra-wide screen, but then again you’re not most people. You are here to get the best possible out of your system. There are several lenses to choose from, but the most common and widely available are the anamorphic lenses from Panamorph. There are different kinds of lenses for different types and models of projectors. Different lens models are specific to certain models or have a certain anamorphic de-squeeze ratio. I have the Paladin DCR lens. This is their flagship lens and is universal. I use this with the JVC RS3000 also known as the NX9. The projector/ lens configurator is available on their website, but if you need to, we can help you match whichever lens will work best with your projector.

Setup is easy, but takes a little time to play with to make everything line up perfectly. Once installed, make sure you go into your projector settings and enable whichever anamorphic setting needed to make the image fill up your screen. In my case, I used the anamorphic C setting in the JVC RS3000 / NX9. This setting is the same throughout the Current D-ILA lineup except the RS-4500 which is used in conjunction with the Lumagen Radiance Pro processor. Once set up you are ready to go. The full height of the reflective devices are being used and the lens physically does the desqueeze to fill up the screen left and right. This gives you back the pixels once lost on the top and bottom of the image. This increases your brightness because the pixel density has increased as well as improves your contrast because ¼ of the image isn’t physically casting black anymore. Sounds like a win win right?

I have used this setup for some time now and I feel like my experience with the projector/ lens combination has some teeth now. I love the color pop. I thought it was incredible before on my 144-inch Screen Innovations Zero Edge Pro Black Diamond screen. I’m using a 2.35:1 cinemascope screen for now and the image quality is outstanding. You really notice the increased sharpness when watching movies as well as the immersion is just that much better using the projector to its full potential. You can notice quite the difference in sharpness with or without the 8K enhancement feature.

The only real downside I see to using anamorphic lenses is that they are pricey. If the barrier to entry isn’t a concern for you then you are reaping all the benefits your projector is capable of. Setup can be time consuming, so be patient if you are setting this up yourself or be prepared to pay a little extra if you have a company come out and install this for you. This is all reflective of my experience with the Paladin DCR universal lens. There are model specific versions that just slip right into place saving you install time. These are usually less expensive as compared to the Flagship DCR lens, but the model specific ones are only available for that specific model at the time of purchase. So if you bought the NEW paladin DCR-J1 then it will slip right onto an RS1000/RS2000 or NX5/NX7 specifically. If you ever replace that projector, there are no guarantees that the lens could be used on the next series. That’s the trade off in price break for the model specific version. Again, a lot of this may be confusing so reach out to us and we can walk you through which lens is good for you now and possibly in the future as well. We have a few videos for you all to check out that we did on this topic and we plan on adding several more because we find this is a frequently misunderstood area of home theater.

-Chris Mata

The Importance of Having a Screen for an Ultra Short Throw Projector

The Importance of Having a Screen for an Ultra Short Throw Projector

You just got your brand new ultra short throw projector. You have been shining it on the wall for weeks and are wondering if a screen is really worth it. From my experience, an ultra short throw projector should never be purchased without one. 

I have the Samsung LSP9T UST and previously used it shining onto the wall. It looked great, but there were issues. It showed any major/minor flaw in the drywall, I was limited to viewing only in the night time, colors were less vibrant and overall picture quality seemed unfocused. 

Solo Short Throw

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Enter the Screen Innovations Zero Edge Pro UST screen. The screen arrived unassembled but was easy to put together. Once I had everything lined up, it unlocked a side of the ultra short throw projector I had never seen. The colors were more vibrant, the contrast was more rich, and the edge to edge focus was tack sharp. The screen really made the Samsung Premier UST perform at its full potential. I was now not bound to enjoying this projector at night, because of the screen’s ambient light rejecting properties, you can enjoy a very acceptable quality in any setting. 

Short Throw Screen

This particular screen from SI actually absorbs any down-lighting in the room allowing you to enjoy phenomenal picture quality in the daytime or with the lights on and makes it the best big screen replacement for any living room.

Now spending time with the screen and projector, I have realized that it is a necessity to have a screen while having an UST projector. The picture is more consistent, and takes any flaw out of the equation. There are multiple options on screens, so make sure you choose the right one for your projector!

If you have any questions on which screen would work best for you, please feel free to contact a sales consultant with Dreamedia AV and we will look forward to helping you!

-Kellen Fleener 

EPSON PC6050UB THE JACK OF ALL TRADES

EPSON PC6050UB THE JACK OF ALL TRADES

Welcome back to the Blog section. Today we will discuss a quick overview of my experiences with the Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB. Epson projectors are special to me because that was the first one I ever owned. Like most people new to home theater, price and performance are at the top of the list. I started with the Epson HC5040UB. This model was current when I bought it and paired it with a nice ambient rejecting screen. I loved this combination until I upgraded to the new and improved PC6050UB.

The 6050UB was sharper, had more features for HDR and had amazing color pop when compared to the 5040UB.  The 5050UB would be a more apt comparison but I chose to go with the 6050 for its included mount, spare lamp and extra year of warranty. The Epson 6050 is a 1080P resolution that does pixel shifting to recreate 4K resolution. I thought it did an incredible job and was always very crisp and sharp no matter the content. I used the projector in our living room as a TV replacement. If you have the space and an understanding wife, I highly recommend the same setup. We used the space for movies, TV watching and the occasional video game night whenever friends came to visit. I really enjoyed how the 6050 did a great job with any content we threw at it. It was excellent for fast paced sports because it had a one button toggle in between prioritizing fine or fast material.

Another key feature that ultimately led me to choose the 5040 and then the 6050 is that I love the ultra-wide formats like 2.35:1 cinemascope and 2.40:1 anamorphic. The Epson can store up to 10 format or shape specific settings. Most people order a 16×9 format screen because that is what our TVs are shaped like these days. In this instance the whole picture would be filled up when watching Most streaming or TV content. On the other hand, when you watch 2.35/ 2.40 format content on a TV or 16×9 formatted screen, the image will show black bars at the top and bottom.  If seeing black bars when watching movies is not your cup of tea, you can order a 2.35 or 2.40 screen and zoom out so that when a movie is playing, the picture will fill up the entire screen and be just like you saw in the theater. The only trade off is when the format changes back to 16×9 you would have to press a lens memory setting to have the image shrink down at a fixed height to be on the ultra-wide screen. This results in a smaller image when playing 16X9 content and having black bars on the sides. Toggling between the two formats is quick and easy but if you have a 16X9 screen this feature is not needed.

I can talk about the specs of this unit all day long but that can be found anywhere. I will instead talk about my everyday use with this projector. The unit runs cool and creates low noise when on normal and low lamp mode. You can run it on high like I did and not significantly heat up your room. The projector is plenty bright as compared to other projectors in the price range. This unit is not native 4K but delivers a very crispy sharp image. You would never miss the difference in sharpness unless you saw a comparably priced Native 4K projector next to it (which there aren’t any). All in all, the Epson 6050UB is a great projector that has a long list of pros without many to tick in the cons column. I have owned two in the lineup and would gladly own another one down the road. I highly recommend this projector for the person getting into home theater or the person that has already loved 2-piece projection but wants an upgrade from the standard 1080p variety but doesn’t have the budget for a full on native 4K projector. That’s all I have for now. Thanks for checking out these blogs!

-Chris Mata 

LG Cinebeam HU85LA Review

LG Cinebeam HU85LA Review

As I entered the arena of Ultra Short Throw Goodness I didn’t really know how good it could get. LG made it to the final fight but fell short of the Samsung LSP9T in a few areas, however if you are looking for a really good projector at a great value, this is for you!

At $4,999, it is an amazing value. Cheaper than the Samsung LSP9T at around $6,500, the LG has amazing color pop, decent contrast and black levels, and their smart features / smart apps with LG’s webOS is something all ultra short throw projectors can take note of.

What LG does best is the WebOS onboard system to host its smart features and apps which is also controlled by a backlit LG smart remote that most are familiar with coming from their TV ecosystems. It has great edge to edge sharpness despite the manual focus, great HDR brightness, and handles 4K content with ease. 

One drawback is that at 26.8” W x 5.0” H x 13.7” D, it is fairly large in size against other competitors. With its Boxy stature, and If size isn’t an issue, the unit itself is very modern looking and will fit in with most room décor.

Good news is you can unbox it and place it on any media cabinet. My recommendation to truly appreciate this ultra short throw projector is to use it with a Screen Innovations UST .6 Screen. You will need a little planning to enjoy this to the fullest, so let us help you in your planning and implementation. That is what we are here for!

Something the HU85LA doesn’t do as well as the competition is the screen setup. Their smart features are great, but there is a bit of manual manipulation in this part. Unlike the Epson or even a simple screen diagram on the Samsung models, the LG has no assistance tools baked in to help with the screen setup in a proper place to get it dialed in perfectly.  

 I have to say, bright room viewing is great as it handles highlights well with a more than watchable experience in an ambient lit room. SDR and HDR content both look fantastic here on the LG UST. You have a dark room? Things only get better in dark room performance with the Expert Dark Room modes and Filmmaker Modes looking most accurate (slightly red weighted) without calibration. The laser light source is almost standard now for UST’s with native 3840 x2160-pixel UHD display. 

 If you are in the market for an ultra short throw projector (UST), the LG Cinebeam HU85LA is a top contender with excellent smart features built-in, great picture quality, and a stylish look. Do not overlook this item. It will give any buyer a phenomenal experience for the value. All in all, the things that could be better in comparison to other models are: Black levels, sound output, and electronic focus. If you’re wanting an awesome UST and you want it under $5,000, get the LG. If you are still shooting for the pinnacle of UST’s in 2021, the Samsung Premiere LSP9T still reigns king.

My Wife’s Favorite Subwoofer

My Wife’s Favorite Subwoofer

For a company known best for its powerful subwoofers and value for performance products, SVS does not disappoint again. The SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer enters new territory but is still swimming in very familiar waters.

Deep and impactful bass is delivered from an astonishingly compact 10-inch cabinet.This little guy packs a big punch immersing the listener in rich bass without being an eyesore. The SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer blows away all micro subs that have come before it.

Its outstanding performance is in the design. It features fully active dual opposing 8-inch drivers and an 800 watt RMS, 2,500 watt Peak Power Sledge STA-800D2 amplifier with discrete MOSFET output. The 3000 Micro takes advantage of more surface area which lessens the need for single-driver excursion to hit target SPL. With two 8” cones, it has about the same surface area as an 11” cone, but an 11” cone would not be able to fit on any of the sides of a sub this small.

This reduces the need for huge excursion drivers that are more efficient and therefore doesn’t need massive power to make this sub perform!

The 3000 Micro is a sealed subwoofer, so the drivers still needed some serious power, but SVS has provided a solution to that with an 800-watt amplifier. SVS uses their super-efficient class-D ‘Sledge’ amps so not nearly as much energy is emitted as heat.

If that isn’t enough, the powerful smartphone app lets you control not only volume but multiple DSP functions and save presets for your favorite movie or music experience.

All-in-all, this is a tremendous piece to offer in media rooms or living areas that do not have the space for large subwoofers without sacrificing performance!

In short, why does the SVS 3000 Micro Subwoofer earn the WAF/SOAF (Wife or significant other approval factor) badge?
• It’s sexy. This subwoofer comes in either Piano Gloss (Black) or White Gloss (my wife’s fav).
• It’s small. Fits discreetly in any room yet still booms. Use alone or add another; you can even place this off the ground without vibration.

Indeed, guaranteed to be your wife or significant other’s favorite subwoofer!

Call us and get this amazing sub today!

Best Movie Watching Experience Ever, Zappiti NAS + Zappiti Pro 4K HDR

Best Movie Watching Experience Ever, Zappiti NAS + Zappiti Pro 4K HDR

You finally get ‘Tenet’ or your favorite movie on a Ultra 4K Bluray disc. You can either pop it into your average player, or let the Zappiti NAS 4K Ripper do it’s magic. I vote the latter. If you are like many users out there, your mound of physical content is growing into mountains, you have looked at the Kaleidescape’s Strato player, but with only 10TB storage and a price tag of $6,000, there has to be a better solution…

Enter the Zappiti. Zappiti is quickly gaining traction in the A/V space for their phenomenal price points in affordability, top of the line build quality components, and simply making things, well… SIMPLE! 

Zappiti Pro 4K HDR (EISA Best Product 2020-2021 Award Winner) offers on-board storage options up to, 32TB and is a variation of Zappiti’s flagship media streamer. If you are looking just to stream, there’s certainly tons of options; Roku; Apple TV, NVIDIA Sheild, Zappiti mini 4K, etc. But if you are wanting a premium option this is it. ISF certified, Magic Pixel v2.5 for upscaling/ sharpening, and includes all the high-end components in the video and audio side at a more affordable price than its competitors. 

Priced at $995, this 16lbs beast, quickly puts those USB sticks and hockey-puck sized options in the dust. Let’s take a look at some specs:

ISF Certification: The Zappiti Pro 4K HDR is certified ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) to get the best picture quality for viewing both UHD and Full HD 1080p contents.

Dual HDMI: Use the second HDMI to separate audio and video for the best performances and enjoy the 4K HDR, while using an old-generation AV receiver or soundbar non-4K compatible. You can enjoy both HD sound and 4K HDR without having to replace your AV receiver or soundbar.

Zappiti MagicPixel v2.5: Enjoy outstanding picture quality – far better than the previous generations – with improved dynamics, accuracy colorimetry, increased contrast, solid deinterlacing and better upscaling (up to 4K resolution). Even on a Full HD 1080p TV or a front projector, you will be astounded by the image of your display! 3D also offers better image depth and an impressive, immersive effect.

HDR: Display your HDR video content, while also providing increased dynamic range on your HDR display (TV/projector).

HDR Conversion: Convert your HDR video content into SDR to display it on your 1080p TV or projector.

10/12-Bit: Enjoy powerful 10/12-bit YUV hardware decoding for professional-quality video display and benefit from increased nuances.

REC. 2020: Enjoy a wider color space for more saturated and richer colors.

4K 50/60p: Display your 4K 50p or 60p video content in 3840x2160p at 50 Hz or 60 Hz.

Real Cinema: Advanced auto framerate detection compatible with all video frequencies (23.976 / 24 / 29.97 / 30 / 50 / 59.94 / 60 Hz).

Up-Scaling 4K: Display your videos with an ultra-high quality upscaling Ultra HD 4K (3840×2160 and 4096×2160).

Direct Output: Display your videos in their original resolution and frequency without scaling processing.

3D Video Support: Enjoy all your 3D movies files (3D BD ISO, MKV 3D MVC) in true Full HD quality (Frame Packing) when linked up to any 3D-enabled TV or front projector for enhanced depth and improved on-screen image detail (two times better resolution than 3D Side-by-Side or Top-Bottom) with 3D subtitle support. Many 3D settings available including: 3D image depth, 3D subtitle depth, 3D interface depth, manual reversal of left-right images.

Network Player: Connect your Zappiti on your local network and enjoy your content from a PC/MAC or a NAS via SMB.

SMB Server: Access the contents located on the internal hard drives of the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR (or a connected hard drive) from a computer connected via local network.

MKV Player: Playback SD, HD and UHD video content in MKV and other modern video file containers and formats, including top quality HEVC/H.265 video codec with very high bit-rates > 400 Mbp/s.

BD / UHD ISO: Display the DVD, Blu-ray and UHD menus and access to the additional contents, director’s cut or theatrical version, bonus and extras, bookmarks, etc. with seamless branching support.

Dual HDD Rack Option with Hot Swap Function: Easily and quickly insert and exchange internal 3.5” SATA hard drives up to 32 TB (2x 16 TB).

USB Ports: Conveniently connect HDDs, USB flash drives, USB card readers and other USB storage devices.

Ports USB 3.0 and Type-C: Read or transfer your files in ultra high speed. Note: USB Type-C and USB 3.0 ports cannot be used simultaneously.

Full Range of A/V Connectors: S/PDIF coaxial and optical audio output, audio analogue output (cinch), CVBS video analog output, HDMI 2.0a (Deep Color, xvYCC, 12 bits, and CEC), HDMI 1.4 (Audio Only).

Multichannel home cinema audio: Bitstream up to 11.2.4, downmix stereo.

Hi-Res Music Playback: Playback Hi-Res Audio quality (up to 24-bit / 192 kHz) music files in various formats (FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, WavPack, Monkey’s Audio APE, DTS, AC3, etc).

Many Shortcuts and Advanced Playback Features:

– 1-9: direct playback access to 10 – 90%.

– Direct access to 1 min rewind and forward with dedicated button.

– Direct access to 10 sec. rewind and forward with dedicated button.

– Cursor down and up: Fast rewind and forward (up to x32).

– Dedicated button for STOP function.

Playback Memory: Resume playback from the last position.

Backlit Remote Control: High quality backlit remote control with convenient direct access and shortcuts, wide range (60° / 26 ft) and recordable buttons to control another device.

Bluetooth 4.0: Connect your wireless devices via Bluetooth such as joysticks, headphones, connected speakers …

Computer Mouse: Connect a computer mouse to control the player and Android Apps.

Keyboard: Connect a keyboard and computer mouse to control third-party applications and more convenient text entry in Zappiti applications.

Complete File Management System: copy, cut, past (multitasking), delete, rename.

Zappiti Video Control: Control your Zappiti player with the virtual remote control via your tablet or smartphone.

Open GUI: Add apps shortcuts to the home page.

6.5 Headphone Output: Connect your high fidelity headphone using the 6.5 mm headphone output.

Hi-End R-Core Type Power Transformer: Top-quality power supply for ultra low audio/video noise.

Hi-Fi Coaxal Output: The Zappiti Pro 4K HDR offers an ultra-high quality coaxial output that provides extremely high efficiency and transparent high fidelity sound up when using an external DAC. The coaxial output also provides lower jitter than the optical output.

Zero Signal Output: Connect the Zappit to empty AV receiver connector to delete ground loop issues. Ground loops are a major cause of noise, hum, and interference in audio and video systems.

Now that you have your player in order, where do you get the media from to play the content back? Well, you can simply download the popular apps; Netflix, Prime Video, etc. But what about the disc you just bought. Well, this is where Zappiti completely changes the game. The Zappiti NAS RIP 4K HDR is essentially a computer, NAS system, and has a optical drive that lets you pop in that 4K disc, rips a 1:1 copy to a HDD drive that contains all of the disc contents. Starting menus, subtitles, virtually everything that is on the disc, is now on your NAS (Network Attached Storage) at the touch of your fingertips. Put the disc into the disc drive on the NAS unit, and 40min, each of your 4K movies can now all live together on the NAS so you don’t have to worry about changing discs on a blu-ray player. The NAS houses eight HDD bays up to 16TB in each. HDD’s sold separately. 

That amount of storage allows up to: 8 x 16TB = 1,600 4K UHD Blu-rays / 3,200 Blu-rays / 19,200 DVDs / 192,000 CDs

This can also be your head unit for whole home audio, movie server for different areas of the home, as long as the NAS is up on the network and at least a Zappiti Mini 4K is hardwired, you can access and have all your movies in full bitrate playback. The software on-board is minimal but stunning, and can easily detect the movies that were just ripped, updating them with their appropriate cover art, Rotten Tomatoes rating, audio and video formatting and runtime, quick movie summary. Giving the user a clean, quick look into the content they are about to enjoy but will surely impress friends and family with the premium movie theater feel.

Give us a call today to get that low price guarantee and nationwide free shipping on all of the current and new Zappiti products!

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