There are still a few hard-core DLP fans that talk about a sharper image, but to me some LCOS projectors have reached the point to where you cannot even see the difference from normal seating in sharpness between the sharpest DLP's and a JVC. My JVC is as sharp and in many cases sharper than all DLP's I have owned and seen except for the Benqs and probably a few Runcos, but again I cannot see the difference in movie viewing at all. Pretty much the JVC and DLP's I have seen look the same in certain scenes (in 90% of bright scenes anyhow except when watching fast motion). The JVC does have a tad more noise than some but it is not usually an issue (Epson LCD also suffers from it).
So for 2D black levels I would abandon the DLP idea and get a JVC or Epson, as sharpness is not really an issue anymore, maybe slightly more on the Epson than the JVC on average. The Epson appears to have more variance in sharpness and convergence from a unit-to-unit basis, as even dealers have noted the same. JVC's can also have bad convergence, but it is rarer and usually indicates a defect and need for an exchange. The Epson does have the better 3d image though if that is your deciding factor.
Originally Posted by PLB
I too fail to understand why anyone would want a film like image.
Theoretically 35mm film has superior resolution to anything. But in reality a DLP movie theater image looks much much better than a comparable film projected image. This is easy for anyone to see.
Most things are not done with film anymore anyhow, the industry has moved to all digital cameras and almost everything new is shot in digital, except for a few things.
I see your point, but most of us don't use the word film-like to describe it looking like a sloppy 35mm with noise and grain, none of us want a grainy image. For me anyhow, when I say film-like, I am actually describing an "enhanced film look" that retains the advantages of film but not the disadvantages (Take the movie Tree of Life as a good example), or take any reference level movie which has very little noise or grain but still maintains a film-look. The movie "tree of life" was shot on 35mm without any of the negative effects usually associated with film, but it is one of the last one shot this way. The movie "Super 8" would be an example of the dirty film-look in some of it's parts (and I don't really care for that). So I think many of us use the word film-like to describe an LCOS or a DLP project in that sense, it's a matter of realism or the window effect (feels like looking through a window) rather than a grainy-look.