Originally Posted by JackLT
Nice work! Interested in the Sharp here and that was concern.
How is the fan noise level and is it bright enough in use? (Tried to PM but your box is full)
Out of respect for everybody who preordered the RS-1 I hesitate to post a full blown report
but I highly recommend reading Greg Rogers eye opening review - about the only thing to be critized was the lack of 24p support
fan noise is "acceptable" - nowhere near as silent as the Pearl/HC5000, but FAR from being as annoying as the HD81. I would rate it about average for quality 1-chip DLP.
It puts out about 850 lumen (with ~ 2000:1 On/Off) even with 160h on my lamp - high brightness (open iris)/full power mode. It is a pleasant surprise that the lamp hasn't lost significant brightness after 160h - this is testament to a very efficient cooling design and the use of a relatively low power (220W), high quality lamp. So if you need it it can be plenty bright. But I actually prefer High Contrast mode/low power mode which is plenty bright for a 8 feet wide Studiothek 130 (cushed 10 feet screen...) in my black hole and gives great black levels.
The most striking aspects of the 20k IMHO are dimensionality (combination of plenty On/Off, amazing "ANSI"/intra image contrast,...., and state of the art lens), crispness (LENS!!!), almost non-existing artifacting DLP's are typically infamous for (eg. False Contouring has finally become a non-issue) and probably above all - COLOR + it can be tweaked to perfection.
I recommend demoing this unit - with a "good" setup -> great source material, black room, total light control- AND probably NOT a side by side shootout
where both projectors "wash each other out" - in short: If you have a projector with that level of intra-scene contrast you NEED the best possible room to really appreciate the impact.
A side by side shootout will ALWAYS relatively favor the projector with less intra-scene contrast as the room/environment limits the maximum on-screen (read: real world) intra-scene contrast and therefor having 800:1 ANSI doesn't show. So perhaps, just perhaps, some (in)famous side-by-side shootout with a very famous competing product was not entirely "fair" in the end... (Oh my god, I'm starting again...)
Have a good day!