actually, I find the black levels quite acceptable, and if you can trust the numbers, contrast ratios are vastly superior from the nec's ratings.
If I switch to high output mode black isn't as black as I'd like, but 2800 lumens is too much for my smallish room and screen size, even on economy mode the unit more than bright enough, But then I come from other wise dim crt technology.
Stuttering? none so far, but not exactly sure how to test, in films with rapid action or camera movement I don't see any undesirable effects. Camera pans are smooth, so not sure what the issue is.
The only downside is replacement bulbs every other year or 2 but at $150, not a major distraction. I have 200 hours after 2 months on a bulb rated for about 5000 hrs. Doing the math I figure about 2 years bulb life.
Even if the bulb lasts 1 year, you can buy a lot of replacements for what the Nec would cost to repair.
I suggest those who scoff at the idea of digital take a second look. This is my 5th projector and all I can say is wow, finally a unit that delivers a decent picture that I can afford and not have to constantly mess with.
And this unit is considered a lower end device, I can only imagine what one in the $2,500 to $10,000 price range looks like.
Did I mention the screen door effect, yup it's there, but who sits 2 ft or closer from a 110 in diag. screen?
Unfortunately, the Nec didn't support hdmi and the cost for an after market device and tube replacement costs just didn't make sense. I wasn't able to run this unit higher than 1600x1200 due to loss of focus, so HD content was scaled down and SD was up-scaled.
The image quality was certainly acceptable, but seriously, I was getting tired of the constant alignment and upcoming service cost just didn't make it worth the time and expense.