I'm wondering if I could buy a reasonably priced projector that would give me a nice image and decent contrast ratios on a SI BD 1.4 (120 inch diagonal / 16:9). My room is quite bright and I'm guessing I will need at least 3,000 lumens to get a nice image on the screen.
As the grey optical screen does help to enhance contrast somewhat, do you think a contrast ration of 2000:1 without a dynamic iris will give me decent results. Please bear in mind that I do not have to have LCOS kind of black levels. As long as I have good levels of contrast I will be happy. Personally, I place more emphasis on colour precision and image sharpness.
I am wondering if you guys have any experience with projectors such as the Digital Projection E-Vision 4500 and the Optoma EH503. These 2 projectors are virtually identical in spec but have different cases to identify with their respective brands. Probably the same source. Optoma rates their version at 5,200 lumens while DP rates their at 4,700 - 5,000 lumens. Both projectors are 2000:1 and don't have any DI. However the Optoma EH501 is a 5,000 lumens projector with a contrast ratio of 15,000:1
These are classified as 1080p projectors but in your opinion are they good enough to provide an excellent image on an SI BD1.4 ?
My point being, the above mentioned PJs are in the range of approximately $5k where as the M-Vision 400 Cine is more than double at $15K to 16k.