I just installed this little gem in my demo room. It was actually the second unit I have gotten from Mits. The first one was a real dud. I thought about posting on here but decided to not pass judgement until they got me a new unit. Boy I am glad I did. The new unit is much brighter has much better gamma/grayscale tracking and just plain looks better. Anyway, I will be very interested in seeing Ekkehart's review and how it compares to my findings. I am an experienced calibrator and have worked closely with BenQ in helping develop some of their firmware updates for their DLPs. I really never thought I would be able to confidently sell LCDs until the Panny 1000 and now this Mits. I really liked the Panny and the Mits has replaced it in this demo room. I looked at the Panny 2000 but decided to go this way instead. The Panny does have a color management system, which in my book, is the Mits's biggest downfall. But other than that, the Mits beats the new Panny in every area IMO (brightness, contrast, sharpness, noise level, scaling, etc). So you get to live with a bit overblown green and yellow. All other colors are very very close to the HDTV 709 standards if not right on. Anyway, after a quick calibration, I was able to get my unit to track D6500K from 30-90IRE at a DE less than .05. That is amazing results. Gamma is very agressive in the lower IREs. I had to increase gamma on the low end to +3 and achieved a gamma of 2.36 in Cinema mode. Do not use Auto here as it really blows out the image. I think this was the main issue in the German shootout from pics I saw. These guys obviously did not have their unit calibrated properly. Ultimately I measured On/Off contrast (at the lense) at nearly 7000:1. The bulb has about 10 hours on it and I will go back and readjust everything again at 100. I like to do early calibrations just to check on the unit's performance and also I can't have a potential customer looking at a unit not performing at its best. Another amazing contrast fact is I measures ANSI at over 400:1. This number is usually lower for me. I have calibrated some of the same units Greg Rogers has and I ususally come in below of his numbers due to my restrictions on equipment and room variables. This really excites me because we are getting into DLP territory here. This also proves what I have been preaching for a long time. Panels are not the ultimate reason for good contrast. Optics, irises and implementation mean more in this case. How do you think Sharp and Marantz achieve so much better ANSI with the same chip that Optoma and others are using. Mits's use of the "Ultra" tweaks pay real world benefits and do a much better job than if say they had just dropped the D7 panels into the old HC5000 chasis. Anyway, the higher ANSI really shows itself in the image of the PJ. Finally, I need to comment on the HQV prosessing. I am very impressed. I have the DVDO products and the image I am seeing and comparing it at or near the same level. SD scaling and deinterlacing is as good as I have seen from a PJ without a scaler. HD is outstanding as well. Noise is very low and the only thing it could use is some mosquito noise control and MPEG artifact softening in the controls. I know the Reon has them but Mits chose not to offer the consumer the option to work with them. Ultimately I am impressed beyond what I thought I would be. I know many are waiting on the Epson and I will have a chance to get one in if i chose. I will be going to an Epson demo in the new year put on by one of my suppliers. I would expect the Epson to be a very good PJ as well but ultimately I am willing to bet it will not be "better" than the Mits. The "ultra" tweaks are going to keep this unit ahead of the pack IMO.
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