Originally Posted by PJC Bill
That is false.
Short version: It was a lot of work and very few people got anything out of it, so we stopped doing it. It had nothing to do with any external pressure from anyone.
Also, we stopped doing ANSI contrast measurements years ago. I don't even think Sony was sending us projectors at the time (for a few years there we had to buy any Sony projector we wanted to review, and that got old fast).
ANSI contrast I can understand as, from what I understand, it seems more of an art than a science to get consistent measurements, plus the room conditions are key. But on/off is very easy to measure. The reason why I asked is because, and I mean this in the best way possible even though it sounds mean, reviews without numbers to back up claims seem like "fluff" reviews to me. I read reviews that say "contrast was good" or "contrast was excellent" and no offense but without numbers how am I supposed to weigh that claim against another projector you also claim "contrast was good" or "contrast was excellent"? Like you said, you do these reviews because people who are on the fence need something to nudge them over to one side. If you say each image looks excellent but fail to give us the reason why (in this case with contrast; numbers) how am I supposed to know which is better and by how much in one area over another? This is another reason why so many people are pushing for the L/R 3D image pattern test. It gives us proof to back up a claim that 3D performance is "excellent" when claimed so, which I've seen so many publications say, but fail to show us why. This is one of many reasons many people here favor reviews that give us a more technical breakdown of a product, like cine4home for instance, while many others just give us fluff and say things like, "it's good" or just use hyperbole statements that get us no further to the answers many of us are after before going into the review.
I think the following should be mandatory for a projector review from any serious publication; ootb best mode brightness accompanied by charts to show color/greyscale/gamma, calibrated best mode brightness accompanied by charts to show color/greyscale/gamma, effects on brightness through the zoom range (telephoto, middle, and max zoom) and bulb setting, native on/off contrast and dynamic on/off with a breakdown of how well the dynamic iris implementation is and an explanation as to how the black level with the DI on compares to typical contrast with actual content (with many projectors the dynamic contrast black level is not really a descriptive number to what "typical" contrast will be in a dark scene), if you can swing it ANSI contrast, color uniformity, white field uniformity, mention bright corner issues, dead pixels, 3D performance accompanied with photos of the image pattern many of us have mentioned to show absolute ghosting performance, 3D color calibration from behind the glasses (and mention brightness loss), motion performance without frame interpolation enabled with a lines of resolution number accompanying subjective thoughts on how it compares to reference devices such as plasma, CRT and DLP, lens quality (referencing CA and pixel delineation, soft corners, effects on zoom and lens shift), input lag (Leo Bodnar test and/or CRT test), smart sharpening features and what a recommended setting would be before serious image artifacts occur, menu system (how well it's layed out), a brief sentence or two on the remote (ergonomics and layout), fit an finish of the chassis, decibel reading to show how loud it is in different bulb settings, frame interpolation modes performance (do they support 3D modes too?), and pros/cons to extraneous unique features of that particular model. I'm sure I'm missing a few things but I know of a few publications and specific reviewers who do the majority of these tests and talk about each individually. I think these are the things most people who buy a $3000+ projector care about when deciding what model they want to buy because it answers how much a particular model has an advantage over another. If you just give us bland, non-descriptive sentences about relative performance, people can't really make concrete decisions if they're truly on the fence between two models.
If I were offered to do a legitimate review of a projector I'd want to give people the most comprehensive review out there. Sure it may take longer and be more work, but it would be worth it because I'd know it would be something people REALLY wanted to read. I don't know how much you "hang around" on the forum reading posts, but all of the things posted above are things we talk about regularly and we use them as reasons why to go with a specific model over another when making suggestions to people who are less informed and just want "an answer" because they don't want to do all the work by digging around for those answers. And I think they come here and ask those questions because many reviews out there fail, in the broad sense, to get deep enough into the projector which means they also fail to give us the information wanted in the areas listed above.
This isn't an attack on you personally, but at the projector review industry in general. Many of the things I listed above do get covered in your reviews.