Fixing that CFL lamp - and turning it into a LED lamp


I have turned into a electrician.. well kind of...

My storeroom lamp died, and I figured it will be a simple job of taking out the bulb and screwing in a new one...


No..... hardly...

 First, it had an odd shape, and I had a lot of trouble figuring out how to take it out...
Thanks to some friends on the net, I figured out it was a pull-out bayonet type:



So I yank and it comes out:


And now I figure, just get a replacement right? So another friend tells me a place to buy one, and I figure, why not just get the biggest replacement i.e. go from 21W to 38W.


No...

Firstly, the new lamp came, and it doesn't fit... so sending the lamp back costs more than a new one, but the company: Element14 (a local company which was very nice and allowed me to return it):
https://sg.element14.com/
Then I found the local dealers for Opple, the brand of the lamp:
Lightcraft:
http://www.lightcraft.com.sg/

Leon was very patient, we tested the new lamp and for laughs, I also tested the old one, and it actually works! So he surmised that the ballast was the part that was spoilt.. didn't know about a ballasst thingy...

Anyhow, I saw that they had a LED kit which fits my lamp fixture, but it require some screwing and unscrewing... so I decided to take a leap and try..
This kit replaces the CFL and ballast:
http://www.lightcraft.com.sg/images/opple%20led/OPL-LED%20MODULE%20SPECS.pdf
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After some gymnastics on a tall ladder, I have light!



OPPO BDT-101Ci review





BDT-101CI Front View

BDT-101CI Back View From HDfever:
http://www.hdfever.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/OPPO-BDT101CI-vue-interne-globale.jpg





Oppo BDT101CI Review

Associated equipment:
My set

Benq W1070 for movie nights J
PS64D8000FM Samsung plasma TV
Marantz PM 11S3 : 2 channel stereo amp with HTbypass and 100W per channel driving the front pair of 804D 
(http://peteswrite.blogspot.sg/2014/04/marantz-pm11s3-review.html)
Oppo BR player BDP 101CI as CD transport and HT source
Rotel RMB 1585 – 200w X 5 driving the centre, side and back surrounds.
Marantz NA11S1 as a DAC and network player
Apple TV (Gen 1) X 2 for music and photos
HTM4s centre, Radius 90HD for front height
B&W 805s for rear back
Monitor Audio RXFX in dipole mode for side surrounds
JL Audio E112 (two units)  located at right front and rear left
Anthony Gallo A'Diva for ceiling Atmos placement and "Voice of God" placement
QED XT Revelations for front and centre speakers
QED Micro speaker cable for the surrounds
Audioquest Cinnamon HDMI for Oppo to amp
Wireworld Chroma from amp to TV
AQ Forest HDMI cable - amp to TV and other sources
Audioquest Snake subwoofer cable 
Blue Jean subwoofer cable
Wireworld Oasis 6 & 7 Interconnects
Wireworld Oasis 6 power cables
Assorted Xindak, PS Audio and other power cables
MK wall power sockets
Shunyata Venom Distributor and power cable 20A for high current items
Rhodium Right Angle Plug adapters for USA power cables
Auralex subdude platform and Mopads under centre speaker
Da lite screen
Glass optical cables


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As usual the technical specs from their official website first:


The difference between the 101 and the 103 / 105:

Advanced Features

  • Universal disc format support including Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D1, DVD, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD, CD, HDCD and more
  • Upscaling to Ultra HD (4K) resolution
  • VRS® (Video Reference Series) ClearView™ video processing
  • Dolby® TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus decoding
  • DTS-HD Master Audio™ decoding
  • Bitstream output compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS-X
  • Three USB ports for playback of media files2 (AVCHD, MKV, AVI, MP4, WAV, FLAC, APE, DSD, etc.)
  • Ethernet port for BD-Live, firmware upgrade and home network media file playback
  • True 24p™ video for Blu-ray encoded in 24Hz frame rate and optional conversion of DVD to 24p
  • Multiple zoom modes
  • Advanced picture control including video smoothing, detail and edge enhancement
  • Premium 32-bit audio DAC by AKM
  • Optical and coaxial digital audio outputs
  • Rigid steel chassis and centre mounted disc loader with motion balance and vibration isolating mechanisms
  • Back-lit remote control

Custom Installation Features

  • Versatile modular design with many customised options
  • One or two HDMI outputs via the additional HDMI output module
  • Optional HDBaseT output module for long cable runs
  • Stereo or optional 7.1ch analogue audio output module
  • Optional rack mount kit
  • Large front panel buttons with finger guards
  • RS232 and IP control for system integration
  • Switchable rear IR sensor for a clean IR blaster/emitter installation
  • HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control)
  • Three customisable picture adjustment presets
  • Settings can be locked to prevent inadvertent changes

Features I like:
(The features in bold are the ones I really like)

In Stereo: AKM 4490 DAC – the best in the business
7.1 channel card uses the AKM AK4458 DAC
Solid drive, dampened and centrally mounted
Digital output: Coaxial & optical, so I can use this as a CD transport
Three USB outputs
VRS video chip
4k upscaling – well maybe…
Universal voltage
Oppo remote control on your smart phone
Main chipset is a Mediatek MT8555 SOC
Internal Tru-Hd and DTS-MA decoding with output as LPCM

Things I dislike:

Remote feels really cheap – same one they have been using for a long long time.. (except no Netflix or other net function buttons)
No wifi
No toroidal transformer – hey it’s cheap ..
No DVD code free
No USB 3.0

I have owned or used every single Oppo Blu Ray player ever made, and this is the latest addition.

It’s a late addition to their stables, given the imminent arrival of 4k Blu Ray. So why buy one now?

Well my Oppo 105 has seen good service, and I realized that most of the time, I just need a good transport, and I don’t use most of the other features, such as the DAC, 7.1 outputs or net streaming capabilities.

So actually this player makes more sense. And the fact that I can sell my older player and pay less for this player made it an interesting choice.
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Some reviews online

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The player is responsive, there are no clicks unlike the 105, and it runs just a tad cooler, perhaps due to the fact that there are less HDMI related boards inside. Apart from the cheesy remote control, it feels well screwed together, and it feels like it will last quite a few years. The drawer in particular feels quite solid.

The Oppo replaces the Oppo 105 and is a little shorter, but is still significantly taller than the 103, so if you need it to fit into a tight space, don’t get this. There are no fans, so the extra height probably helps with air circulation.


The video quality is very decent, but these days, I like to take a feed and take it and let the amp / TV do the video processing. If you prefer, you won’t be unhappy with the 101. The Darbee processor offers a different look, and I use the word different rather than better.

How does the AKM 4490 equipped Oppo sound?
Well I have heard this DAC being used in the Denon AVR 7200, and it provides a neutral to slightly warm sound, which has a certain inviting quality. The SABRE ESS chip has a more deeply etched treble characteristic, and that is less warm in the 105 compared to the 95. Different people will react either positively or otherwise to this change in sonic signature.

As a CD player, it won’t feel embarrassed by CD only players in the $5-800 range. But used as a CD transport for my Marantz NA 11S1, it was very competent, and the sonic improvements were evident. I found no real difference between the 105 and the 101 in real life as a CD transport.

When it was used as a CD player, there was a good soundstage, and a solid bass note, with good pace and rhythm. Buyers looking for a BR player that can hold a tune will not be disappointed. It was not bright, and fitted well with the rest of my Marantz gear. In fact, it was so much fun, I took the NA 11 out of the system and used it directly to my PM 11 S3.

I think the ultimate compliment that I can pay this player is that I simply replaced my older 105 with this and found that I did not miss it very much. It simply got on and did the job.

So who should consider this player?

With Blu Ray players available for under $100, if all you want is a BR player for playback of BR discs on a small flatscreen, you won’t need to spend this much on the 101, or the 103 / 105 for that matter.

But if you want a transport, that can playback all your disc formats, and also do it via the USB, and have no need for it to act as a DAC, nor other network functions, this is the player for you.

It has a very solid feel, and for those who hate to have to bring things to the repair (ala the old Oppo 83 with it’s power supply issues), this player will last for quite a while.


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 I have no financial interest or other interests in any of the items / events I write about.

Benq W1070: settings and reviews

Benq W1070 Review

Associated equipment:
My set

Benq W1070 for movie nights J
PS64D8000FM Samsung plasma TV
Marantz PM 11S3 : 2 channel stereo amp with HTbypass and 100W per channel driving the front pair of 804D 
(http://peteswrite.blogspot.sg/2014/04/marantz-pm11s3-review.html)
Oppo BR player BDP 101CI as CD transport and HT source
Rotel RMB 1585 – 200w X 5 driving the centre, side and back surrounds.
Marantz NA11S1 as a DAC and network player
Apple TV (Gen 1) X 2 for music and photos
HTM4s centre, Radius 90HD for front height
B&W 805s for rear back
Monitor Audio RXFX in dipole mode for side surrounds
JL Audio E112 (two units)  located at right front and rear left
Anthony Gallo A'Diva for ceiling Atmos placement and "Voice of God" placement
QED XT Revelations for front and centre speakers
QED Micro speaker cable for the surrounds
Audioquest Cinnamon HDMI for Oppo to amp
Wireworld Chroma from amp to TV
AQ Forest HDMI cable - amp to TV and other sources
Audioquest Snake subwoofer cable 
Blue Jean subwoofer cable
Wireworld Oasis 6 & 7 Interconnects
Wireworld Oasis 6 power cables
Assorted Xindak, PS Audio and other power cables
MK wall power sockets
Shunyata Venom Distributor and power cable 20A for high current items
Rhodium Right Angle Plug adapters for USA power cables
Auralex subdude platform and Mopads under centre speaker
Da lite screen
Glass optical cables


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As usual the technical specs from their official website first:


Overview
Go Big, Stay Home
Enjoy 1080p Full-HD image projection up to 200" in the comfort of your living room with the W1070 Home Entertainment Projector. You'll be captivated by brilliant image performance featuring a 10,000:1 contrast ratio and a 2000 ANSI Lumens brightness. Built-in speakers and easy set-up seal the deal on this user-friendly experience.
key features
  • 3D Support in Full HD 1080p
  • 2000 ANSI Lumens Brightness
  • SmartEco technology
  • 10000:1 Contrast Ratio

There are lots of reviews on this unit, and I have highlighted some :



This projector first came out in 2013, and believe it or not, it’s still available, even though it’s replacement has actually recently been replaced by yet another unit: Benq 2050.

This is testimony to it’s quality and popularity, given it’s value for money proposition and superb quality.

I began my own projector journey about ten years ago, with a 480p Infocus 4805, which was another pocket rocket, punching far beyond it’s price. I then had the Mitsubishi HC 4000, a wonderful unit with fabulous colours, and again good value for money.

One of the most important features that a projector has is size: when I had the Infocus, I had upwards of 15 people squeezed into my living room, all huddled together and amazed by the spectacle. No one worried about contrast, black levels or other such issues. Each person simply said, “Wow! That’s big!”.

But using a projector means getting a dark room, and you almost feel like Dracula, in your incessant pursuit of a pitch dark environment to bring out the best in your projector. That was not conducive, plus the need to mount it, provide a screen, wait for the projector to warm up and that you could not switch it on and off willy nilly, mean that I substituted my last projector with a flatscreen.

So after a hiatus of almost 4 years, I found myself getting the Benq, which was on sale at a good price, that was about a third the price of the Infocus, and Mitsubishi.
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Setup:

This is a DLP projector, but has a small amount of len shift adjustment built in. The adjustable height of my coffee table from Calligaris was a boon as I opted for a tabletop arrangement for my viewing.

So it was setup to project an 80” image from about 2.55m, right in front of my seat.

Some of the key features:

3D – nice bonus, and no last minute addition
2D – this is where the money went
DLP Dark Chip
2 HDMI inputs
5w speaker built-in
ISF calibration
Short throw
6 speed colour wheel



Now I have been using a Pioneer Kuro  and a Samsung plasma TV so I enjoy good blacks. I must say, even though it doesn’t come close to these two, it’s very impressive, and it’s a real light cannon. The room does not need to be very dark, and yet it is capable of very impressive colors and contrast.

And that is the main attraction, the picture quality is very impressive for something under $700 USD street price.

No doubt one can get better picture quality, namely in terms of black levels, and more lens adjustment options, but for the money, this projector is one of the greats. Even now, it is still one of the top buys in the projector world for <$1500.

Highly recommended.

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 I have no financial interest or other interests in any of the items / events I write about.


Reviews:
http://www.cnet.com/products/benq-w1070/
 http://www.projectorcentral.com/BenQ-W1070.htm
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2416874,00.asp
http://www.projectorreviews.com/benq/benq-w1070-home-theater-review/

Settings:
(http://www.avsforum.com/forum/68-digital-projectors-under-3-000-usd-msrp/1772169-apartment-setup-guidance-2.html#post29897753)

Cinema
Bri 53
Con 47
Color Temp Cool
Lamp Smart Eco
Gain r101 G100 B105
Offset R251 g249 B 254
Gamma 2.4
Brill Color ON
Color Management
Hue R46 G50 B50
Gain R51 G49 B50
Sat R48 G47 B50
50 for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow for all values

https://www.avforums.com/threads/benq-w1070-reviewer%C2%92s-recommended-best-settings.1761516/

Column 1Column 2
Preset: User 1
Brightness: 51
Contrast: 53
Colour: 50
Tint: 50
Sharpness: 8
Colour Temp: Normal
Lamp Power: Economic
Advanced
Clarity Level: 0
Gamma: 2.2
BrilliantColor: Off
Colour Temp Fine Tuning: Red Gain 96, Green Gain 88, Blue Gain 95, Red Offset 256, Green Offset 256, Blue Offset 256
Colour Management: Red - Hue 50/Gain 52/Saturation 49, Green - H 64/G 48/S 50, Blue - H 52/G 47/S 50, Cyan - H 50/G 47/S 50, Magenta - H 70/G 51/S 50, Yellow - H 64/G 50/S 47
Aspect Ratio: Real


http://www.soundandvision.com/content/benq-w1070-3d-dlp-projector-settings#gv5LFdT5hx21wDBT.97

2D
Preset Mode Cinema
Brightness 51
Contrast 45
Color N/A
Tint N/A
Sharpness 7
Color Temperature Normal
Lamp Power Economic
Advanced:
Black Level N/A
ClarityControl Noise Reduction 0
ColorTemperature Fine Tuning

Gain Offset
Red 94 256
Green 91 256
Blue 98 256
Gamma Selection 2.4 or 2.5
Brilliant Color On or Off (see text)
Color Management

R G B C M Y
Hue 44 50 50 50 60 64
Gain 53 50 42 50 51 52
Saturation 50 50 50 50 50 50
Aspect Ratio Auto*
Keystone 0
Overscan Adjustment 0
Digital Zoom 1.0x
3D
Preset Mode 3D
Brightness 50
Contrast 75
Color N/A
Tint N/A
Sharpness 7
Color Temperature Normal
Lamp Power SmartECO
Advanced:
Black Level N/A
ClarityControl Noise Reduction 0
ColorTemperature Fine Tuning

Gain Offset
Red 108 256
Green 83 256
Blue 93 256
Gamma Selection 2.2 or 2.4
Brilliant Color Off
Color Management

R G B C M Y
Hue 45 50 50 50 50 50
Gain 60 70 80 50 50 50
Saturation 50 50 50 50 50 50
Aspect Ratio Auto*
Keystone 0
Overscan Adjustment 0
Digital Zoom 1.0x

Read more at http://www.soundandvision.com/content/benq-w1070-3d-dlp-projector-settings#JEChHCu5H0gm5zRZ.99

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