Originally Posted by Kristofer
Another question! Would a Sony VPL-HW30ES give enough light on a grey/silver Spandex screen if the screen is about 113" 16:9?
Thinking about either the Sony 30ES, Panasonic or Epson 9000
The Sony is on the bottom of the heap as far as Brightness goes, and by a substantial margin. The Panasonic is about on par with the Sony at the middle of the suggested Throw distance, however the Panny moves ahead by head & shoulders when the Throw is reduced.
The Epson 9000 beats them both at mid-throw and is all but tied with the Panny at the shorter Throw distances
Much does have to do with your desired / required Throw distance. If it "must be" at mid-throw (15') then the Epson is a full 4 fls higher than the Sony. At 12' its almost 10 fls brighter !
The Panny comes in right along side the Sony at mid-throw (15') at just 1 fl brighter but actually passes the Epson at the shortest Throw distance (11' 7" = 28 fls)
The deciding factors are both brightness and contrast. The Panny wins hands down as far as contrast with it's 500K:1 specification, and that difference is what tells the tale at the shorter Throw.
My choice personally would be the Panny if sheer performance as relates to the application (Spandex) is the primary consideration. (...and if cost is not a factor...)
If Cost and Service / Warranty considerations are taken into account, then the Epson nudges ahead in the race.
The Sony? Well it's a shame that the SXRD panels also mitigate brightness, for the smoother the projected image, the better it will always appear on a Cloth substrate. And it's Contrast is by far the lowest of all three...also a shame.