Originally Posted by 230-SEAN
Just wondering how the PQ from the hd250 would compare to the AE4000? Anyone know? I know that the AE4000 CR is with a dynamic Iris and the HD250 is native. Also, the AE4000 is lcd, so I assume its kind of like comparing apples to oranges, but maybe someone would have and idea and/or opinion?
I upgraded from a three month old AE3000 (one of the first in the UK) to a HD350 (= same as a HD250
). I had a home demo by my dealer and we compared the HD350 and HD750 to my AE3000. The dark scene performance was noticably better and the image was sharper too (though I think my AE3000 was a poor example in this regard as my previous AE2000 was actually sharper). The HD750 was better again, but not so noticable in my room and not enough to justify the extra £2k or so. While the AE4000 claims a bit CR increase over the AE3000, this is in unusable Dynamic mode (just to get the specs looking good if not the actual image
), I believe that the actual CR in Color 1 mode is pretty close judging by Cine4home reviews, so little real improvement between the two models IMHO. Therefore I'd still say the HD350/250 is a better buy than the AE4000, particularly as it has a sealed light path, so no dust blob issues and the uniformity is much better too.
Originally Posted by rgathright
I have added this to my compare list at projector central, but the thing that I am concerned about is the 1000 ansi lumens of the HD250 compared to the Epson 31000 (1200), Mits HC6800 (1500) and Panny AE4000 (1600). Is there something I don't know about the brightness/lumens of these? I will be projecting from around 16' onto a 133" Da-lite HP screen.
Yes, you're comparing apples to oranges my friend.
The 1600 lumens of the AE4000 is in dynamic mode, which has terrible colours. The HD250/350 lumens is pretty much what you get when calibrated, so in practice the HD250 will be brighter than the AE4000 (another reason I changed to the HD350 as the AE3000 couldn't light my 112" 2.35:1 screen well enough and I'm not a lover of an overly bright image). In 'accurate' colour 1 mode the lumens will be nearer 500 or so on the AE4000. In fact if you find the HD250 is too bright, then at least you can close the manual iris down and gain extra contrast rather than resorting to ND2 filters.
PS.My screen is based on a 128" diagonal 16:9 Beamax model (just extra masking to reduce the height). It's lower gain at 1.5 yet the HD350 could light it up without having to fully open the iris when I used to zoom...I think you'll be fine with a 133" HP, you'll probably be able to close the iris right down for best contrast.
Hope this helps.