Originally Posted by Mojo_LA
I'd be very curious to know WHY people who could afford an RS-1 would have gone with another unit, considering every review on the planet pretty much said it was the best projector ever. Have any of the others continued to sell well AFTER the RS-1 was launched?
I assume so, it seems like there are plenty of happy Sony owners/buyers. Likewise with DLP.
The RS1 was something because it broke new ground in native
On/Off contrast. But it's not perfect (nor is any PJ/technology), color accuracy, ANSI/simultaneous contrast, and lack of aspect ratio controls for HD sources are notable areas where the RS1 is bested by other machines.
And I think the UB is a big deal because the reviews have said it essentially offers RS-1 performance at half the price. And saying it's only "caught up" to other technologies isn't strictly true when the ONLY other projector our there that matches it's black levels is the RS-1.
I think Jason said the 1080UB hits about 10k:1 On/Off, that's less than the RS1, and on par with the Sony SXRD machines. And the numbers I've seen have placed the UB's native CR in the 3k:1 area, or, again similar to SXRD machines. And then there's DLPs, which can easily go into the 5-8k:1 range native, and one of the measurements here put's the W5000 (using DI) into the 10k:1 area. Like I said, the UB breaks ground for LCD, doubling CR performance, but that just catches it up with SXRD, LCoS, and DLP.
Of course the simple fact is there's nothing that matches the RS1's native contrast, period.
The UB has essentially leapfrogged over pretty much every DLP out there.
How is that? It's caught LCD up to the CR performance of DLP, at least in On/Off (sans DI), but I don't think it's a match for DLP's simultaneous CR. Now catching DLP in native CR is nothing to sneeze at, but that's only one of many performance parameters. There's always uniformity, panel alignment, and the other LCD properties. Oh, and the W5000 has HQV processing, vertical stretch. And again, we've seen measurements of the W5000 @ 10000:1 On/Off, and that's about what the UB is reported to do.
If the BenQ 5000 is a darkchip 2, I just don't see how it's going to compete.
The same way DLP always competes with other technologies. The same way the Sharp 20k competes with the RS1.
Despite my enthusuasm for the UB, I'd still prefer similar performance (at a similar price) from an XSRD or DLP; despite it's advancements, the UB is still reported to have color uniformity issues and a few other bits and pieces that have marred the history of LCD.
There you go, perfect explanation for why the UB isn't the undisputed king, and in your own words