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I had a chance today to see the Sony 10HT on a Stewart GrayHawk at Stewart Filmscreen Corp. First off, I'd like to thank Don Stewart for inviting me up to the factory to get a look at the 10HT and also for his hospitality. There was nothing in it for Don, as I already have a GrayHawk screen installed. He's just happens to be one of the "nice guys" in this industry.
Don had the Sony hooked up to the interlaced output on a DVD player through the projector's S-video output, showing on a 96" x 54" GrayHawk screen. We spent some time looking at several scenes from "The Fifth Element." I must say that I was surprised at how good this projector looked, given the somewhat negative comments that I have read in some quarters. (Of course, these may be attributable to the projector not having been displayed to take advantage of its full capabilities.)
Anyway, the picture was bright, with truly excellent resolution , and the black levels seemed to me to be about as good as what I remember seeing on the Dwin Transvision when I had it for a few weeks. (It's clear that the GrayHawk really helps a lot here, as Don demonstrated by a comparison with other types of screen material.) And, of course, there was no "rainbow effect," which is a biggee for me. There was some pixelization if you got closer to the screen, but at a distance of 11 to 12 feet, you really had to struggle to make it out. When Don added the IMX Processor (a depixelization lens), it virtually disappeared. I am now seriously considering purchasing this projector, although I will probably have to buy a longer throw lens to put it where I want to in my room.
My final thought is that, at the price this projector is now going for, it is a real bargain. Perhaps some other projector options offer a little better picture, but at much greater cost, plus the sacrifice of the convenience of the Sony. Anyone who owns one of these babies certainly has nothing to apologize for.
[This message has been edited by smitty (edited 05-14-2001).]