I am in the market for a new projector, I currently own an Epson Powerlite 550 and I have to say i'm just not happy with it at all. For starters in anything but HT dark modes it's extremely loud; too loud for me to enjoy a movie.
Second, I notice when watching standard DVD that it's very dim. The added colors of HD when watching my blue-ray discs still makes HD movies impressive (even though the projector is 720p). I am not sure if it's my screen or a new projector will help. I was shown a demo of a stewart screen and while it was much better I wasn't blown away by the difference. Again, my regular DVD's are very washed out and dull. When I watch the same DVD's on my 50" 720p samsung plasma in the living room everything is vibrant.
The Epson Powerlite 550 was released late 2005 so it's an older projector with 3000:1 contrast ratio. I was looking at upgrading to an Mitsu HC6000, even though it's rated at 400 lumens less than the Epson I can't help but think it will still be brighter due to me being able to watch it in a higher lumen mode due to how quiet it is so I am expecting a brighter image.
As for color sharpness in standard def I am hoping the electronics and overall quality will be better and match better with the output I am used to on my lower end 50" plasma.
Am I setting myself up for a disappointment or should I expect a major improvement going from an older Epson 550 to the newer HC6000?