Originally Posted by Kris Deering
The problem here is that those posts in that thread are just to say, look at this! Looks cool huh! But your pics were to dispel the theory that your projector is losing contrast, and those pics can't do that. I totally respect and understand that YOU are happy with the contrast performance of your projector. No one is disputing that. But that doesn't mean that you haven't lost contrast performance that your projector is capable of, or that others with this projector haven't either. I see setups ALL THE TIME that have a multitude of compromises but the owners are happier than a pig in *#%# with them. And there is nothing wrong with that. But if you are trying to be even somewhat scientific and objective about it, all that goes out the window with your pictures. This is also the reason some here have issues with some "reviewers" reviews that offer absolutely no objective worth at all, only comments like THIS LOOKS FANTASTIC! LOOK AT THESE PICS!!!!
My Sony 1000es has better contrast(irrespective of whether it has lost contrast or not---it probably has) than my Panny AE2000.
It has greater sharpness than my PannyAE2000.
But guess what...depending on the material(and the mastering processes involved) being viewed---movies derived from dupe stocks,CRIs, optical composites, diffuse filters, varying depths of field, differing film stocks, low light photography,16mm to 35mm blow ups, Mattes,2 perf 35mm or 4 perf 35mm sources,70mm reductions to 35mm composites and a whole host of other factors that go well beyond what test patterns are meant to indicate.......and it can be the Panny that can express the most aesthetically pleasing image...surpassing that of the Sony......and I know because I have spent the best part of 4 years comparing these 2 projectors.
Admittedly I only became aware of this when having the 2 side by side....if I had not then I would have just have assumed that extra resolution or better contrast meant better picture quality for everything.
I was already aware that better contrast DOES NOT mean better image quality when I side tested the AE2000 side by side with JVC HD1 in 2008.The superior colour gradations that the Panny displayed outweighed the better(but hardly superior) contrast that the JVC offered.
I have seen OLEDs display incredible blacks......with lousy motion, excessive image noise and colour banding.
So whilst your scientific analysis regarding contrast(or the loss of it) are valued......they are NOT definitive at all with regards to how the material itself will look.