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#291779 - 02/11/10 12:49 PM Re: Front projector question... [Re: PhillipD]
michael_d Offline
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Whatís your screen Phil? You might be surprised to find youíve been BSíed. I do not know of any grey screen with a true 1.8 gain. My Stewart Firehawk is Ďsupposedí to be a 1.3 gain. Itís not, Iíve measured it at 1.15. Please donít post pics. Screen shots are a complete waste of time and effort.

Rick Ė

Sounds like you may have a preference for an image with more of a film look to it then. One of the desirable traits of DLP (desirable to those who like it) is that 3D look you are describing because DLP has a much higher ANSI contrast ratio than LCD, LCOS or DILA. The white outline however is calibration related. Try turning down your sharpness controls and see if it helps that.

As far as other brands, there are many. All have their proís and conís, and it really comes down to which ones you can live with, and which onesí you canít.

I have a preference for LCOS projectors, which are JVC. They have the best native contrast ratio of all projectors with the exception of CRT. I like blacks to look black and not grey. The entry level JVC RS 15 (also 550) is one heck of a machine. If you think you might get into display calibration, the RS 25 has an outstanding CMS. The RS35 is basically a RS 25 with higher quality control and hand selected parts. Iíve been very happy with my RS20 and you can find them used for under $4000. Great projector.

The Sharp 20K is a great projector. You can find used Marantz VP15siís for great price too.

It really depends on what float your boat. Thatís why I suggested you spend some time looking at a few different projectors, take some notes then talk about what it is you like and what it is you donít like. Then we can narrow it down for you instead of just giving you a recommendation for the cheapest projector out there.

There are only two internet based projector reviewers I pay attention to. Greg Rogers and Art Feierman. Art runs /owns Projector Reviews. http://www.projectorreviews.com/1080p-projector/index.php

If you have a subscription to Wide Screen Review, Greg Rogers does a fantastic job reviewing projectors. http://www.widescreenreview.com/

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#291793 - 02/11/10 03:07 PM Re: Front projector question... [Re: michael_d]
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Rick, this months Home Theater Magazine is a special projector issue. I don't know if it will be of any help or not, but it might be worth checking out! I can send it to you if you want....
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#291799 - 02/11/10 04:23 PM Re: Front projector question... [Re: michael_d]
PhillipD Offline
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 Originally Posted By: michael_d
Whatís your screen Phil? You might be surprised to find youíve been BSíed. I do not know of any grey screen with a true 1.8 gain. My Stewart Firehawk is Ďsupposedí to be a 1.3 gain. Itís not, Iíve measured it at 1.15. Please donít post pics. Screen shots are a complete waste of time and effort.


Ahh true that...for the money I am sure it is not then. Just going on the specs of what the company had listed. If your Firehawk does not measuer then I am sure my $500 screen will not. Are you using a luminance meter that reads in lux (fc) to get your readings? If so what model are you using? That would be a neat little addition to have.

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#291817 - 02/11/10 08:13 PM Re: Front projector question... [Re: PhillipD]
michael_d Offline
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I use an inexpensive meter. Probably the best one available for a home user though. The pro's use meters that run over 5 grand and read crazy acurate.

This is mine. http://www.amazon.com/AEMC-CA813-LIGHTME...d=2QH5SJW2ML0FJ

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