The (unofficial) InFocus ScreenPlay 4805 Projector FAQ

What is the InFocus ScreenPlay 4805 Projector?InFocus X1 Projector

The InFocus ScreenPlay 4805 is a video/computer projector designed to meet the needs of the Home Theater market. This is the second generation version of the very popular X1/SP4800 projector line, heralded for its affordable high-value features. With this projector, creating your own big screen home theater is a price-competitive option for the average home entertainment consumer. Read on for more information.


DRAFT VERSION
FAQ version 0.2.5 (2004-05-20)
The newest version is maintained at http://members.shaw.ca/technut/sp4805
Please send corrections and additions to the FAQ Editor: technut @ shaw.ca
You are also invited to post and read public comments regarding this DRAFT version of the FAQ. >> 
This FAQ is not affiliated with InFocus Corporation or any other organization.


Contents

[0] About this FAQ

[1] SP4805 Overview

[2] Official Product Information

[3] Other Sources of Information

[4] Behind the SP4805

[5] Setting Up

[6] Making the Connection

[7] Controls and Adjustments

[8] Ongoing Use

[9] Problems and Solutions

[10] Glossary

 


[0] About this FAQ


[0.1] What is covered by this FAQ?

This FAQ will attempt to cover all aspects of the SP4805 Projector itself, and also touch on some closely related topics.

Because it is likely that the SP4805 will be the first projector owned by many of the readers of this FAQ, I will also try to provide a basic overview of using the projector for Home Theater, and pointers to additional resources for further reading.

This FAQ is not a buyer's guide for selecting a projector; there are no comparisons to other brands or models. I will also not be making any product recommendations, though I may provide information to assist in locating certain products if they are not widely available.

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[0.2] Where does this information come from?

This summary of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is a collection of knowledge from a variety of sources, primarily but not exclusively from:

  • InFocus's web site, documentation, and customer support
  • various user forums and web pages on the Internet
    (particular thanks go to the folks who post in the AVS Forum
    and to the InFocus employee(s) who participate there)
  • contributions from readers of this FAQ

The FAQ is a compilation of information from both official and unofficial sources. I cannot make any guarantee as to the accuracy of the information, so use it at your own risk. When in doubt, go to the official sources.

In rare cases when I think it would be especially useful for the reader to know which information was obtained from (or confirmed by) an InFocus source, I will mark that information as follows:

"InFocus official"
- indicates that the information either came from or was confirmed by official and/or published InFocus sources. Some examples would be information published on the InFocus web site or in InFocus documentation or press releases, or information from InFocus management.

"employee of InFocus"
- indicates that the information either came from or was confirmed by an employee of InFocus, but it does not appear to be documented by any of the official and/or published InFocus sources. Such information should be reliable even though it may not be considered to be official. Some examples would be information posted by an InFocus employee to an Internet site (other than to InFocus's own site), or information received from an InFocus employee via a phone call or email (unless it comes from or is confirmed by InFocus management).

This FAQ is developed and maintained by a projector owner, not by InFocus or any reseller. It is not a marketing tool. Please excuse me if my enthusiasm for the product sometimes makes it seem like one.

I am located in Canada so the FAQ will probably have an unintentional North American bias, but I am happy to include International information when it is provided to me. You may also notice some Canadian spellings of words.

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[0.3] How can I contribute to the FAQ?

If you have any additions or corrections for this FAQ please email them to the FAQ Editor at technut @ shaw.ca .

I regret that it will not be possible to provide individual credit for contributions, but they are genuinely appreciated by myself and the readers of this FAQ. Thank you!

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[0.4] How can I add a link to the FAQ from my web page or in my messages?

First off, let me thank you for wanting to link to the FAQ. It's a great way to assist fellow SP4805 owners or to lead others to discover the SP4805 for themselves.

There are several ways that you can provide a link to the FAQ depending on your preferences and whether you are adding it to a web page or to a message. For your convenience I have created a page of examples with copy&paste code.

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[0.5] May I distribute the FAQ?

I would prefer that you not distribute a static copy of this FAQ since it will eventually become out of date. It would be better if you were to provide a link to the original, which is maintained at http://members.shaw.ca/technut/sp4805 . But if you do decide to make a copy then please be sure to include the version number and a link to the maintained original FAQ.

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[0.6] Recent revisions to the FAQ

  • 0.x (November 2003) - These are DRAFT versions of the FAQ
  • 0.1.0 (2003/11/05) - first version (precedes projector release)
  • 0.2.0 (2004/01/07) - added the official announcement of SP4805 and started to fill in the Features section.
  • 0.2.1 (2004/01/08) - added the unofficial MSRP (under $1400) and a link to the TI press release.
  • 0.2.2 (2004/01/13) - bolded items of interest.  Added the preliminary datasheet and a couple of photos.
  • 0.2.3 (2004/01/14) - added more information to the Features section.
  • 0.2.4 (2004/04/22) - added links to the new SP4805 web page at InFocus.
  • 0.2.5 (2004/05/20) - updated links to the official information and added rumored pricing and release date.

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[1] SP4805 Overview


[1.1] Features

See the newly posted SP4805 web page and data sheet at InFocus.

(Older information is in the product announcement and preliminary datasheet.)

The following information is preliminary and may be subject to change:

  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 854x480 native resolution DMD (new chip - not a masked SVGA DMD)
  • 4x color wheel (6 segment)
  • Faroudja DCDi (FLI2310)
  • 2000:1 contrast @ 6500K video optimized settings
  • 750 lumens @ 6500K video optimized settings
  • User controls for color gains and offsets, noise reduction, and chroma and luma sharpness
  • DVI input with HDCP (M1-AD connector)
  • 3xRCA component input - accepts both interlaced and progressive signals
  • 12 volt screen trigger
  • 200W SHP lamp - 3000 hours - two power levels
  • TI DDP2000 controller chip
  • Based on the X2 platform (also introduced at CES)
  • Optical system is optimized for the 16:9 DMD
  • Chassis is very similar to SP4800 - slightly deeper to help remove heat waves

SP4805 Photos

See this AVS Forum thread for the latest discussion. There is also an older thread.

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[1.2] Price

I will not be tracking the best price or recommending where to get the best price. Please do not email me to ask. I suggest you search the many Internet price-finder engines or browse through the price-deal forums.

The Manufacturer's Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) for the InFocus SP4805 is not yet posted at the InFocus site.

However, information obtained from resellers suggests the following:

$ 1899 US MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price)
$ 1499 US MAP (Minimum Advertised Price)

The rumored release date for the projector (when it will be available from resellers) is June 14th or 15th.

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[1.3] Is the projector sold under any other names?

Not known at this time.

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[1.4] Where can I buy the projector?

I will not be recommending any particular outlets or resellers (other than the manufacturer). Please do not email me to ask.

The SP4805 will be available from online retailers, and at the InFocus Store. The InFocus website also has a Where to Buy feature to help locate an online or local reseller. You might also find it at a local electronics or home theater retailer.  Ensure that you are purchasing from an authorized ScreenPlay reseller or your warranty may be void.  A list of some unauthorized resellers (that you will want to avoid) is posted at this InFocus web page.

The primary considerations when buying are to purchase from a reputable company and to check their return policy and restocking charge, in case you decide you don't like the projector after you have taken delivery and used it for a bit. When comparing prices, remember that they likely do not include any additional shipping and handling charges (which can vary widely) and any applicable taxes or duties (some of which may not apply depending on whether you purchase inside or outside your own state/province/country).

It is also recommended that you view a demonstration of the projector prior to buying it, if possible.

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[2] Official Product Information


[2.1] ScreenPlay 4805 General Information

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[2.2] ScreenPlay 4805 Support

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[2.3] InFocus Store

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[2.4] InFocus Partner/Reseller Programs

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[2.5] InFocus Press Releases

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[3] Other Sources of Information


[3.1] Product Reviews

  • None available yet

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[3.2] Discussion Groups

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[3.3] Web Sites

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[3.4] Related Information

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[3.5] Related Press Releases

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[4] Behind the SP4805


[4.1] History of the SP4805

  • To be based on the SP4800
  • Jan 7, 2004 - InFocus officially announces the new ScreenPlay 4805 (to be available in Q2 2004)
  • April 22, 2004 - InFocus posts a draft SP4805 web page (not fully developed nor linked from the home page)
  • May 12, 2004 - InFocus posts the official SP4805 web page (though without any pricing or release date information)

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[5] Setting Up


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[6] Making the Connection


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[7] Controls and Adjustments


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[8] Ongoing Use


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[9] Problems and Solutions


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[10] Glossary


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