Originally Posted by dysfunction26
You can't base anything off of a video. I doubt the black level on the Optoma is as good, or better than the Planar PD7130 I owned. The Epson kills the Planar in every aspect, the Planar was a $3,999.00 MSRP 720p projector, the Epson is a $2,999.00 MSRP 1080p projector.
I don't understand why we have 2 pages devoted to comparing a $999 MSRP projector to a $2,999 MSRP Projector. I think what we can all hopefully agree upon, and then move on, is that for 3 times less, the Optoma looks pretty good.
Also, why do you doubt the black level without ever seeing it? What is the reasoning behind saying the HD20's black level isn't as good as a 3.5 year old Planar PD7130? If it is because it is $999, don't you know that technology gets better over time while the price drops? The Planar PD7130 came out in August of 2006 with an MSRP of $3,999. You just admitted above that the "Epson kills the Planar in every aspect", but yet that product had an MSRP of $2,999 which makes the Planar 1.33 times more expensive than the Epson.
How many times do we compare a base model Toyota Camry ($20,000) with a Mercendez-Benz E Class (around $62,000). Yes, everyone knows that the Mercedez-Benz is "better", but how much better is it to everyone? I think most people will be happy with the Toyota Camry.
This is the sub $3,000 forum, but yet we are comparing a projector at the top of that range with one at the bottom? I think for $999, this projector seems to put out a great picture and seems to be a good value for someone who can't afford the top of the line.
Let's just talk about the HD20 and leave ones that are 3 times the cost out of here.