When I viewed the pluge and gray scale ramps on my Epson 8350 I was not impressed by what I saw. I couldn't even see the 2% gray line but the 4% line showed up. Playing with contrast didn't help either. The brighter gray strips on the gray scale ramp were also all white and I struggled to find a setting to get them to go gray either.
I figured the 2% gray line must not be on the DVD altogether and thought before I tell DVD Essentials about this I had better test this on my 1 year old 1080P 50" Panasonic Vierra. Wow what a difference! Both the 2% and 4% lines were visible and the gray scale ramp looked perfect.
I now officially hate my Epson 8350 and need to know what I can replace it with that will give me better black levels and contrast. The other PJ's I have owned are the Sanyo Z4 and before that the Infocus X1. If memory serves me correctly, the X1 had better contrast than the Z4 but I may not be correct. The X1 was of course was a DLP unit and maybe I should go back to that route.
So are there any PJ's in this forum's price point that have better black levels/contrast on par with a tv? Do I need to spend $5k or more? I'll re-calibrate my Epson again but I am certain I did it correctly or I would have done it wrong on my Panasonic as well.
Any recommendations are appreciated.