Originally Posted by Cinema626
You guys are like walking consumer grade projector encyclopedias. surprising it comes in at 3800:1, close to advertised. The mits still sounds like the best, especially if i splurge on a calibration with the saved $. I can use a grey screen to enhance the black as well, right?
The Mits hc4000 is very good, but the Benq w6000 is slightly better depending on your uses, but the w6000 is much more audible (fan and IRIS noise). The Benq is sharper, the Mits has better blacks if you turn the IRIS off on both, but not by a huge amount or anything. The Benq's blacks are much darker after the IRIS engages. The Mits is very sharp for movies, but the focus uniformity is slightly noticeable in HTPC use, more so than on the Benq.
I only know so much about CERTAIN projectors because I read the forums religiously for 6 years and I have been comparing them since then, it's a hobby of mine.
On the Mits most of my measurements were around 3,200:1, I tweaked it to get to 3,800:1. Still the tweaked 3,800:1 didn't lose any noticeable PQ, it was slightly off of D65 by like 3 dE or something, I forgot as that was like almost 3 years ago (don't remember what I changed). BTW, there is a trade-off/reason the Mits has the higher On/Off than most DLP's in its price range. For one, it has a different design which reduces the brightness to increase the contrast. It also has DC 3 instead of DC 2 (that barely makes a difference, I estimate 20%). Keep in mind that it is bright enough for many setups, but the Benq's are tons brighter.
The Benq's have DC 2 and not DC 3. Oddly enough the $800 Viewsonic also has DC3. Note that some cheaper projectors have DC 3 as well (even some 720p DLP's). DC 3 vs. DC 2 doesn't matter nearly as much as the coating on the optics, so it's more of a secondary benefit, but better to have it than not I guess.