So... A quick comment on the new HW55es compared to my HW10 (Not even an hour of viewing - not many settings changed etc..., but set up similarly to one another, completely dark room):
Obviously based on my viewing, but documented with a few photos taken with my 5D3 with identical exposures etc... If anybody is interested I could post some.
Absolute black level:
Even with the iris OFF and lamp on high, the BL is lower (better) than the HW10 with the iris ON. By a pretty fair margin even.
With the 55s iris ON, its really really dark.
Clearly, its a pretty bright PJ. I'd say overkill for my 110" diag. 1.3 screen, but not if there is any bias lighting or other going on.
Seems a lot better - didn't (and won't) break out the light meter, but it looks very satisfying. HW10 looks good, but this is clearly a good bit punchier.
Nice feature, but as everyone else says, it needs to be set pretty low in the resolution domain or it can get grainy looking. Haven't looked at "bad" source material yet, so can't comment. I also have a Darbee but it's not in-line yet - not sure there is a need on this PJ. I used it some on the HW10 though.
More natural to my eye. Esp. yellows that I've noticed so far. Skin looks great - more saturated but also quite natural - Haven't touched RCP at this point and not sure I'll need to.
Took less than 20 minutes to swap out PJs on the ceiling and get the 55 focused, aligned etc... Easy.
So - I'm happy I think. Just need to figure out what to do with my HW10 now...
Last edited by Iamjcl; 11-20-2014 at 07:38 AM.