How long until the start in actual hours?
The UK is normally about 5 hours ahead, but all this GST time has thrown me!
In the mean time... :D
I don't believe there can be any winners in this comparison.
Until this latest generation of HD2+ DLP, CRT of any description (7" onwards) would probably win outright.
This was mainly due to the fact that we could tell when we were looking at a digital projector.
I could spot the artificial colours and lack of subtle variations on hues.
All the attention seems to be on Ansi contrast, but i see the improvement in these areas(colour/subtleties) as the biggest improvement.
As it stands now, is as i said above "no winners". I don't mean it like there can be any harm that comes from this comparison. Rather that each projector will shine in different areas. So no "outright" winner!
I stopped posting in the "OTHER" thread due to some "unreasonable" arguments.
But one thing about that thread, is the large amount of people suggesting ways to improve "Goliath" sorry CRT for tonights show. Anybody else notice zero posts about how to improve "David" sorry the "Sharp" for tonights show? :)
There is something in that point alone!
The Atlanta guys have posted invites for somebody to bring a 12K for a shootout.
This is great, that they actually feel it wouldn't be wasting their time.
This time last year, the very thought of a similar comparison would have been laughable!
My personal view is the Sharp11K/12K and the Marantz S3 are very very good indeed.
And they are a true alternative to a good 8" CRT.
However i still don't think they are better than a 8"+, just an alternative.
It has been mentioned that it would be interesting to hear the views from a 12K owner after they have lived with it for a while.
I bought my Marantz S3 HD2+ DLP three months ago (19-11-03).
I still own a Barco808s CRT.
I was going to go with a Barco1209s.
Well i'm still being amazed day in day out with the S3.
It is getting almost daily use, and instead of me noticing more artifacts i'm actually getting less!
This is down to getting used to the settings, and beginning to use "DVI".
Film grain is a big problem now, as the S3 uses a very sharp lens.
In fact i would say the leap in sharpness from the 808s is like i have already gone to HD!
The extra detail in things like textures is worth the loss of "fade to black".
As already mentioned, the blacks are better than the 808s as long as there is some light in a scene, and shadow detail is great.
When there is a lot of light in a scene, the S3 is streets ahead with stunning /black/shadow detail.
But i would have gotten most of the same kind of leap in performance if i had gone for a 1209s.
As for a Cine9/G90 well lets be sensible, there isn't a digital out yet to reach for that crown!
If i won the lottery, yep a Cine9/G90 would still be my first choice(quad-stacked of course!- ie double side stacked...ART you know you want too!)
So for those CRT owners that for some strange reason are getting rattled, lighten up. This advancement in DLP isn't going to stop you buying CRT. It just gives us that wanted a good image without the hassle at least a decent choice! ;)
I can resist everything....except temptation