Proxima UltraLight DS1 User Reviews
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I bought a new unit from ebay for $549 (USD). This projector displays great quality images, but I recommend watching DVD's on a computer connection rather than using S-video because this is a significan leap in quality. Using the computer to watch movies offers great quality, there are no scan lines and you can use your DVD software to zoom in on especially wide movies, like 007's Die Another Day (2.35:1 aspect ratio). Since this is a 4x3 aspect ratio DLP projector, all the DVD movies will be letterboxed. Upon using a regular DVD connected through S-video input, I found the image quality to be fairly good; there were no scan lines present (I don't know if there is a built-in line-doubler/scaler) but there was noticeable image jaggies whenever the picture moves or an object is moving fast (for example, scrolling landscapes). The composite video yielded the worse quality, so avoid using this connection if possible. One caveat, the white balance on this projector has a slight tinge of yellow, as with all early DLP projectors (this one manufactured in 1998). The projector dipsplays a uniformly bright and vivd image across the screen (I'm using a 6ft/83 inch diagonal screen). However, at 600 ANSI lumens you will need to watch this projector in a totally darkened room for best results. As for computer display performance, at 800x600 native resolution, the images and text are crisp and clear. At 1024x768 compressed, the images display a bit of scaling problems, especially with smaller text. As a note: this unit does not have the newer component video connetions. This is a good piece of equipment, but I am looking at newer DLP projectors with a 16x9 option.
Any Problems: Not as of yet.
I had two of these units and they are nothing but awesome if you are using them for a home theatre, great colors, great contrast, you will impress your friends. They also work great for powerpoint presentations, but they are picky with heat, so can't turn off and on again.
Any Problems: Heat sensitive, the projector will konk out on you if you run it too long, the bulbs are also sensitive to heat, they will burn out easily, you have to baby this machine or else it will bite you, the bulbs are 300+
I have been using this projector for well over a year now on a 10' diagonal da-lite screen from 16'. The unit works great. I've never had any problems with it. I run DVDs through s-video with pretty good performance. I can see pixels from about 5' from the screen on a 10' image. But since I sit 17' from the screen, it makes now difference. The lens can be focused and there are full color/contrast/brightness menus. This is a good starter projector and can be had for under $800 on eBay nowadays. It never ceases to impress my friends. Good deal for $800.
Any Problems: It's not the greatest image quality when connected to a computer. I might just not have the settings correct, so I will leave the good rating for features. It's also good to use this projector in a room with controlled light. It's tough to see with a window open. That's not usually a problem since most of us work during the day anyways.
Any Problems: after 15 hours the damn thing doesn't engage bulb!