Originally Posted by Kevro_86
I'm glad I didn't hear the stories about LCOS being less clear/sharp than LCD, because that would have freaked me out about LCOS. Even now, after researching it a bit, I'm not really sure what the attraction of LCOS is over LCD or DLP, but at this point, it is irrelevant...and I am loving it!
A lot of the comparison info between LCOS, LCD, and DLP is outdated. Every year the new PJ's come out, the differences can change. Not to mention the real differences are more between the individual projectors than the technologies (although DLP should still usually be sharper than the other techs).
I think the comparisons can be summed up as follows:
DLP = Lack of mounting flexibility
DLP = In batcaves, DLP can often produce higher ANSI contrast readings than the other 2 technologies, meaning semi-bright to very bright scenes will have more POP
DLP = Only the more expensive models have IRIS's and the DLP IRIS's tend to not work as good as the other techs (so lower ON/OFF contrast making for worse black levels in space scenes or other dark scenes)
DLP = Very little to no SDE (the space between pixels is less)
DLP = Color Wheel with possible rainbow effect
DLP = Better color saturation and accuracy than most LCD's
DLP = Sharpness is more consistent across different units, and quality control is easier for MFR's to maintain with this technology in this one regard (sharpness only)
LCOS = Mounting flexibility usually similar to LCD
LCOS = Very smooth film like image
LCOS = Less SDE than LCD, possibly equal to DLP (not sure)
LCOS = More vivid colors than LCD (subjective) and possibly equal or more vivid than some DLP's as well
LCOS = Typically does not produce as sharp an image as the sharper DLP's, but the sharpest LCOS may rival the bottom DLP's and can rival LCD as well
LCOS is said to have slightly deeper and richer colors than LCD, but this is very subjective at this point.