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When a guy on eBay accepted a lowball offer on his NEC VT440 I couldn't help myself and jumped on it. I figured it would make an interesting comparison with my current Sharp M10S DLP projector.
The Sharp is a clone of the Plus U3880 and hence a semi-clone of the NEC LT85. I reviewed it here a couple of weeks ago. Its other claim to fame is that you can get it new for $1750.
The VT440 has 300 hours on it, the Sharp is new.
The VT440 went first. It is considerably brighter than the Sharp. It was visibly sharper. Colours were good. Contrast was much better than my last LCD projector (Sanyo SU07). The internal scaler via S-Video and composite was considerably better than the Sharp. Good enought that I could watch cable via the S-Video input and use progressive component for DVD to get one button aspect ratio switching.
It is also remarkably quiet, even on the full power mode.
Screen door was visible from my position 16 feet from an 80 inch screen, but not really objectionable.
And I like the 2000 hour lamp life as I use my projectors a lot.
However, when I switched to the Sharp, I preferred it quite easily. The blacks are much better, there are no visible pixels and the colours are as good.
But it was the blacks that do it for me, followed by a kind filmy smoothness that the NEC doesn't quite have.
The Sharp appeals to my priorities, the VT440 may to others. I'm still waiting for an LCD projector with DLP blacks. Sanyo calling?