Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Foster City, California
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Art, I'm with you, I still haven't seen an LCOS three panel that does it for me, except for the very good CR. I hope you get a chance to see a Runco LS-3 or LS-5 single chip DLP projector. I am absolutely delighted with my LS-3 and short throw lens. It is a more sophisticated image than the HD81-LV, fantastic color, much better CR due to auto iris/bulb control, no RBE compared to the Optoma, great scaling, no banding, good lumens. Most film like image I've seen at the price point. Bought it in June and it has not had any issues whatsoever, unlike the O brand. Optoma service took good care of me, but the products were lemons. I must have gone through over a dozen HD-81/HD81-LV/HD80 units, some serial numbers kept coming back to the refurb pool and to my home theater, with the same issues I returned them for in the first place. The only artifact I've seen with the Runco is occasional flicker due to the AI on flat fields--very subtle and the AI does have a slight effect on color, but even when off, the CR is pretty good.
If you don't want to spend for a new Runco, hunt down a used Planar 8150 or 8130, same projector as the Runco LS-5, LS-3, except for a different scaler. I'm just sorry I didn't dump the O projectors sooner. I am over the moon with the image the LS-3 is giving me! I often watch raw footage of projects I have shot with high end video cameras and the image is very similar to the calibrated broadcast HD monitors I use on set, except with a more subtle, film like quality. Every year I look at the newest JVC model and every year I'm happy that I stayed with single chip DLP, but only the larger DMD size. The .65 is softer, like the LCOS projectors.