I agree. The Holy grail of PJs is one that can achieve DEEP BLACKS, but also achieve high contrast in the dark scenes (in a way that the dark background remains deep black, while the brighter foreground objects are well lit bright and visible, with a punchy look). most modern TVs can achieve this without much issue, and this is where I have always felt projectors have been lacking.
My Sanyo Z2000 suffers in dark scenes because the black is NOT all that deep, and the contrast cannot be achieved either. It has the option to trick it by using dynamic gamma, and it really helps tremendously, but the colors do suffer when you enable that feature. it makes dark movies watchable though.
Im looking forward to my next projector, Im thinking the HW30 may be a nice upgrade.
Setup: Epson 5040 UB, 110" SilverTicket AT screen, PS3 bluray, Yamaha RX-V673 AVR, Polk and Athena speakers, Batcave room.
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