So, my HS201 arrived on Friday, calibrated it to my screen using test DVDs, and i am AMAZED/SHOCKED/DELIGHTED by the picture this tiny beauty puts out.
All colors have a saturation (vibrancy, even) that i have never seen before, it was an eye-opener, surely due to those LEDs in the PhlatLight chipset; I had to lower the contrast control from a max of 100 to 75 as the image was already overly bright with whites "blown out" (with a 200 lumens projector paired with a 76" high-gain screen) and i had to select the "normal" mode for LED output instead of the higher output provided by the "presentation" mode; Black level was certainly acceptable by lowering the unit's brightness control to 27 out of a max of 100, while still affording excellent shadow detail on low APL scenes; The availability of full CMS (color management controls) for R/G/B/Y/C/M is something i haven't even explored yet as i am planning on purchasing an affordable colorimeter soon, but by lowering the color control to 47 and turning tint to "G8" i was able to get excellent skin tones and a very well-balanced color spectrum; The fact that this unit has full gray-scale tracking controls for contrast and brightness AND/OR ( !?!?) the option for twenty selectable controls from 5 IRE to 100 IRE for all three primary colors is unique, AFAIK
; The unit gets barely warm to the touch even after 10 hours of continuous operation, and try as i might i could not see a single rainbow EVER, even during those notorious "rainbow-prone" scenes of stars in a field of black space and repeatedly turning my head around trying to spot them...
Need i go on ? By selecting the "normal" mode the HS201 is whisper quiet and i was surprised by the level of resolution afforded by those 800x600 pixels, as i could make out differences in the sharpness of assorted dvds and cable feeds.
I've been an audiophile/videophile for almost 40 years and during such time i purchased dozens and dozens of electronics, both home use and pro-equipment, but i can't think of any other instance in which i was more impressed by an electronic item; I still remember my first VCR in 1979, my first CRT projector in 1980, my first CD player in 1983 and my first DVD player in 1997, but taking into consideration that important ratio of price ~features~performance, the LG HS201 is the most impressive piece of electronic equipment i have ever purchased.
A friend of mine who is a teaching chef came over during the weekend and i showed him the unit; I then picked it up and projected an image on a bare white wall instead of on my screen, and he asked me where he could buy one for himself; I suggested that he should wait until the HX300G is released in July and that i was considering selling my unit and purchasing the new model, to which he told me that he would gladly buy my used unit by then ! That's how easy it is to sell these beauts, once you see what they can do for its list price.
Sure, i wish it had zoom control, a 1920x1080 DMD chip used with the more powerful PhlatLight PT-120 chipset and an inexpensive state-of-the-art video processing chip like the HQV Reon, but now i feel i can bide my time and wait until such day arrives; One thing is for sure : after realizing what LG was capable of doing for $500 i will not be willing to spend any more than $3.000 or so for such a projector, it's almost like this pj is a "proof of concept" for what can be achieved with LED illumination, and the results are eye opening.
Regards >>> Marcos