|Item Weight||15.9 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||15.7 x 12.2 x 5.1 inches|
|Item model number||H9500BD|
|Special Features||3d-ready, 3d-built-in|
Acer H9500BD 3D 1080P Home Theater Projector
- Acer H9500BD projector adds depth to entertainment with instant 2D-to-3D conversion in high definition. Support for popular 3D technologies, such as Blu-ray 3D, DLP 3D, and NVIDIA 3DTV Play enable multiple 3D options and maximum multidimensional fun!
- Real-time 2D-to-3D conversion technology enables enjoyment of videos, pictures and games with virtual 3D. No extra software required - just turn it on from the on-screen menu and connect a 3D source to any of the projector's inputs.
- HDMI port provides easy connectivity to high-definition displays and home theater systems while a fully digital DVI-D port supports HD digital signals and HDCP for secure connection to a variety of media sources.
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|Image Brightness||2000 lumens||3000 lumens||2200 lumens||4700 lumens||2,500 lumen||2600 lumens|
|Contrast Ratio||50000:1||23,000:1||35000:1||10000:1||Up to 35,000:1||60000:1|
|Item Dimensions||12.2 x 15.7 x 5.1 in||11.73 x 9 x 3.7 in||14.3 x 14.6 x 7.2 in||10.2 x 12.8 x 4.3 in||11.2 x 12.2 x 4.8 in||12 x 16.1 x 6.4 in|
|Item Weight||15.9 lbs||5.5 lbs||6.4 lbs||8.5 lbs||7.5 lbs||14.6 lbs|
The Acer H9500BD Projector is a professional class projector delivering premium color performance even in large venues with bright ambient light. Color performance is enhanced on any surface, even colored walls through Acer's eColor Boost II+ technology and wall-color compensation, while ColorSafe II prevents color decay resulting from extended use of the projector. Handy installation utilities make setting up easy, and power-management solutions yield great energy savings while conserving the earth's resources. What's more, this projector is DLP 3D ready, depicting lifelike and breathtaking visuals with greater depth.
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As adviced from beamer-sites, I darkened the sidewalls with black curtains to not reflect light back to the picture. That helps a lot to begin with, also added them to the windows to improve the already good contrast.
I am using this baby on a simple plain white (latex color) wall on 6.5m distance. I had a simple 2kg DLP projector before with 2500 ANSI and it was a tiny bit more bright, thats why I darkened the room a little. All in all it looks much better anyway.
So the skin tones are impressive realistic and on non-energy safe mode it's also as bright and colorful as my TFT. The resolution now beeing the same it is way easier to share the picture on windows. (Tip: press WIN button + P for fast switches of the setup on your keyboard)
Picture Quality is very high, color tones are very fitting and the contrast ratio makes it vivid.
Since this comes with the latest Firmware (mid 2012) the previous reviews may not count anymore that were before that with troubles I can not find anymore.
The OSD Menu is nice and easy, but a simple 3D button is not installed. You got to use the menu each time and scroll down to the feature, even in a quick menu. The OSD adapts to some options not available, depending on the modus. Thus in 3D mode the menu is much more simple.
The Remote basically looks cool, nice and has blue light on some buttons. The problem here is: Lots of buttons don't have a function or maybe they have with other input devices. I am only using HDMI from PC and maybe some "play" and dvd function buttons would work with a bluray player? Could not find any information about this anywhere.
The Range reflects from 6.5m back to the projector from the picture wall. So no need to worry where to aim at, it's really long range.
It also has lens shift to not move it around to turn the picture.
Now after all I am pretty happy with it, still it is not the ultimate beamer and here comes why:
It has a decent air cooler which is a good amount more silent in energy safe mode. I am running it on 27-30°C room temperature, so I might have the loudest outcome already. If you have some good surround system and love movies with a good volume you won't notice the cooler noise, but on quiet scenes you might notice, especially since I write about it here to make you want to see yourself if I am right :)
2nd Noise factor is the iris-shutter for the better black and contrast for dark scenes. Actually a cool feature, a bit slow in fast scenes, but if it stays in dark areas you have some benefit. If it's a quick scene switch it would dark it down, brighten it up until it fits the scene and you will hear a sirring motor of it every time for half a second. Again, not to hear in action scenes, but in moonlight night scenery without music with just a couple watching the stars. However, you can shut that off or reduce the effect and it would be quiet. (special - the iris works also in 3D mode for higher black)
I found out that there are only a handful of "real 3D" movies on the market, even the latest ones are fake 3D which can cause headaches. Also there is no real standard developed yet, so each time you get on 3D mode you have to tell the beamer what to expect. Selections are: half-up/down, half side by side, frame packed. So it remembers the last setup but each movie or 3d game might have another setup which you have to define first in the OSD menu. The projector combines only those 3 input formats. When connecting to PC it might be able to inform the projector which picture format he will have to use (for games) at least.
-->Glasses Acer work perfectly flawless. 100% no failures or disconnects and very comforting design. The 3D impression is nearly as good as in cinema with polarized glasses. Zero ghosting, no negative effects at all. The acer glasses don't make any sound like others. I bought Trudepth in addition as it has splendid previews, but they work only 95% and even with latest firmware they don't yet work with this projector. On some scenes (mostly dark) the trudepth glasses would fail the frequency and show weird flickering color flips. Problem was not solvable yet with trudepth, while their support is awesome they try looking into it for the future. That again proves, that there is no current standard, even so it is all called DLP glasses, synchronizing with an invisible white flash from the projectors.
Nvidia 3D vision sucks!! I can't stress this enough. Acer has them in contract here, so its labeled on the projector to work FINE. Now you can wonder about Nvidia once more. Actually the drivers from 2013 will FORCE YOU to buy "3DTV PLAY" for around 40$ I guess, to have a TV or projector available for movies and gaming in 3D mode. Originally that was meant to support the nvidia 3dvision with their own 3d glasses and should unlock those glasses for other products. Now if you have the choice to use Nvidia drivers from end of 2012, you can use "3DTV PlAY" for free as it needs no activation tool in the older drivers. It will then recognize the projector and completely work with movies or gaming content (for free again). So the guys buying a new nvidia card this year, which needs the newer drivers will have to pay extra fees to use this free feature. Huge ripoff from this year, made up by Nvidia out of thin air. Ah and one more thing: 1080p=24Hz mode only - that would work for blurays, but NOT, in any way NOT for any 3D game. First of all it starts to lag heavily. The projector has for me around 21 ms (miliseconds) delay to my TFT, which is noticable but okay enough to play. But, once you turn on the nvidia 3D mode on 1080p, which only supports 24 Hz, while this projector can do 60Hz, that means you can catch your own mouse arrow while circling it. You have to wait to see a reaction on screen. I would guess more than 500ms that would be. Also you will only have 24 frames per second in the game. Normally 30FPS/30Hz is a minimum for liquid playing. So, that only is Nvidias fault here - I tested it with 60Hz mode on Tridef without any lag.
Nvidia only supports 720p 3D mode on 60 Hz, side by side or up/down...in any case a halfed picture, format unknown. They have no announce or intension to rise that to 1080p 60Hz yet and I have no clue why. That is why the radeon/tridef solution works way better here. Tridef will also work with nvidia cards, but only side by side and up/down. The other features require direct x 9 supported games or a radeon card.
By the way I never found out what signal the projector expects on "frame packed" No source or setup on stereoscopic player, nvidia, movie or tridef did have this. It could be the uncompressed content of a bluray by chance. (I bought a 2D movie by accident from amazon, was under 3D listed though - so I couldn't test that)
You can also use AMD's Tridef, which better works with Radeon graphics if higher than directX 9, or relate to IZ3D drivers. You can convert 2D content to 3D content with those for games, movies and pictures. Tridef is working very awesome for movies, compared to IZ3D. You'd need the stereoscopic video player for this maybe.
However, the beamer has it's own 3D conversion and it looks as stunning awesome as the Tridef itself already does, while they have different solutions. So you won't need it for movies to do from your PC.
If you play games you might want to use direct x conversion as this comes out way better than letting it the projector do. But on the other hand that costs almost double graphic power to render, which can be worked off from the projector a bit with less quality.
One Issue I can not figure or fix is the same I had with my old DLP projector. Somehow I find vertical lines of unsharpness on the screen, even with HDMI digital connection. I thought it was on my old one only from the bad analog cable.
So actually those lines are visible on letters/fonts and texts any kind of where it comes to sharpness. Most of the screen reaches the sharpness of my TFT, but even adjusting focus multiple times, it won't change. So that might come from the "sharpen" feature this projector applies to the picture. In custom setup you can set 1-15 sharpness. I turned it off, adjusted the focus to the sharpest picture I could get and compared. Whole picture no vertical lines, but less sharp than a TFT. Maybe it is related to DLP technique? I have no clue and could not find solutions or reasons behind this. Once you turn the sharpening on...10 for my case it makes the letters perfectly crystal clear on the wall, but on some vertical lines they appear as without the sharpening. This feature also improves the picture quality for low resolution movies and old codec compressed video "blockings" will be reduced, too. Looks better than on the TFT.
Ah right, there is also a secret service menu which is not mentioned in the manual. I think every owner has the right to test it's product and check if the vendor may have used your bulb before without telling you. Also there you can check all colors and adjust the picture to your wall/screen with calibrating test screens.
The code is when already on: "Power Button", Left, Left, Menu - but be careful there.
Final verdict ! - BEST BUDGET 3D PROJECTOR on the market right now for price up to 2K ! 3D side by side tearing is also solved ! I'll not update this projector until something really new and innovative is out :) Passive 3D ? why not even glasses free :P :)
1-st posted review:
Well , I'm using Acer H7531D for almost an year and I can compare the two side by side:
Cons of H9500BD compared to the H7531D
No auto keystone , no auto detection of projection place , lazy menu response ,much less sharper(have to set the max sharpness to 15 to get the same one on H7531D at 7)./Big remote control and only half of it is usable/most of the buttons are not functional Heavy and bulky/well I know other projectors are more but.../The big disappointing was that I got exactly the same screen size at the same distance at max ZOOM! Common !!! It's suppose to be 1.5 zoom compared to 1.2 ! And the lens is much bigger too ! So with the same lens throw how can I get the same size with these specs !?!!Short lamp life - 2500 hrs at ECO
impressive 3D , no ghosting or visible crosstalk, good 3D glasses/the included one/ I got second pair Ultimate3Dheeaven but the picture was kind of grey tinted.
If you are looking mostly for 3D viewing , this is the best 3D projector on the market at the price range under 2K or even higher with good black level
Watching tons of other reviews , videos , pictures and opinions , it seems that the DLP technology is the only one completely ghost free.
UPDATE - 01/18/2012
Acer just replaced my H9500BD with another new one.It seems I had bad luck with defective unit, because it started annoying visible pulsing at the top side of the screen, and also it was randomly turning off itself.Like some one yanked the cord on the back.No lights on the unit at all to indicate any problems. Now all the problems are gone and I'm very happy with this wonderful projector!
UPDATE - 02.12.2012
Well ,it was to good to last long...
Now , I'm having the same pulsing image on the image .After trying everything as follow:
1. 3 different hdmi cables /including one with ferrite core filter/
2. 3 different power cords in 2 different rooms
3. power drain just in case.Of course I've also tried to reset the setting to its default one.
4. 2 different laptops, tablet and Playstation 3
5. With and without surge protector
6. Changed the resolutions/refresh rate on each of the outputting sources
7. I have invert the projected image. And as projectorpeople.com said" If the "flickering" remains locked in the same location, then the defect would probably be with your lamp because the lamp wouldn't be physically reversed
However, if the flickering changes sides, the problem is more likely a defect developing within the projectors optics.
Avoid this model at all cost ! I just receive an update of my repair case for the last time ! It says "repaired" like last time when they did nothing at all, and replied "unable do duplicate any symptoms"
Now they advised me to use the projector on high attitude mode/unbearable loud/ !?!?!? Can you believe that !?What a nonsense ! Right now I'm using my H7531d on Eco mode with dead on picture, like my previous H7530D, Benq W600 and Epson 705HD..... This is insulting , and now I'll looking for way to escalate this case to higher level. This is my 3rd time sending this projector for repair! They also tossed away my retail box without any reasonable explanation ! This is the worst customer service I've ever had in my tech live ! Th first partition of Acer's H9500BD had a power supply issues, like my 1st one , and they replaced it with another one. Not to mention the blurry image via HDMI.DVI port... I wish I can get the time back and buy another brand 3D projector... Worst experience ever...
04.20.2012 UPDATE: Blurred image via HDMI connection !!! That's why the sharpness and crispy of the image is so bad compared to my other projector/Acer H7531D/ It seems Acer need to update the firmware in order to solve this issue known as pixel mapping!
Hi guys ! I just got my projector back from repair and that was the 3rd time ! Now guess what ... The 3D doesn't work anymore, none of the modes! Even 2D to 3D conversion doesn't work anymore. It just splits the screen on half and swap the two parts/left to right/ The glasses are synchronizing , the 3D depth is working, but the image is spitted and swapped. I called Acer immediately, and spent an hour to explain everything including the history of my issues. Also how the repair depot
tossed away my retail box , and the plastic bag which wrapped the unit inside the carrying bag. I managed to reach Acer second level/technical support/ and I insisted to speak with their supervisor.At the end I was on the phone with the
the Corporate of Acer America/WOW/The guy was polite and I explained everything again. I took a photo of the current issue with the 3D and sent it to his email. Then I got back with the tech support again for more details.
Shortly after, their conclusion was that there is some problem with the projector processor. I refused to send the unit back to the same repair depot in TX , but at the end I had to do it again! I also mentioned the issue with the blurry image via HDMI/DVI ports
and advised them to take a look of the latest reviews at Amazon,Newegg and Tigerdirect. I also left a note inside the box of the projector for the repair depot so they can compare the VGA and HDMI/DVI image quality. I think I made some noise and hope that you'll make some too , and hopefully Acer will cooperate and solve this issue.
FINAL UPDATE: 05/27/2012
Finally I got a real Acer's support attention and now they finally changed my lamp! Now I'm not seeing the pulsing image. However, as for the softness via HDMI/DVI , the new firmware update will be available around mid/late JUN. With this fix, I can say that for the 3D capability and ghost/crosstalk free image, this is the best projector on the market/at all price range/ Even much higher level LCOS/DILA/3LCD 3D projectors are not completely ghost free. Of course their native contrast can be much higher, but at what price. For those of you on budget go ahead :) I'm looking for CEDIA EXPO 2012 and hope we'll see passive 3D glasses projectors ;)