Originally Posted by mariokrt64
I would be also looking to Art's Review. Do you have any idea when that's due??? BTW, what is your screen? I am using a DIY and I guess not getting the optimum PQ.
I have a feeling once you have a good screen, this projector will look far better than on a DIY. Especially if you're going with the HP.
I just bought this projector ( along with a 119" 2.8 High Power) so I have yet to see it in person. I hope it's as good as some say it is. Jason from AVS is having it calibrated, and spoke well of the HC6800.
Obviously Phil Hinton doesn't care for it, and almost seems to me that he may be comparing it against the much more expensive JVC's. He says that "the HC6800 feels like old technology in todays market. Relying on the dynamic iris is not what is needed."
Don't Panasonic and Epson also rely on the dynamic iris?
What sold me on the HC6800 was the reliability (vs. Epson 8500), less likely to get dust blobs (vs. AE4000), very quiet, no rainbows, decent bulb life, good warranty, sharp detailed picture (according to most), and of course the wife likes that it's also a great looking projector.
Perhaps it does give up some features and some black level to others in this price range, but for me the pros outweighed the cons.
If the Epson 8500 didn't have it's issues, and was priced $300-$400 less, I would probably have gone that route. As good as the 4000 may be, the higher chance of dust problems ruled that out early on.
These professional reviews are interesting, but to me it appears they may have a bit of bias. I too am looking forward to Art's review, although at this point it makes no difference. The money is spent and now I will make the best of it.
I sure do hope the picture won't look as crappy as the AVforum review makes it out to be though. "green skin tones"? Now that would suck!