Originally Posted by TEW
Yea, I remember Runco's were the top line projector.
Based on what I've read thus far, the Epson sounds fantastic. I appreciate the suggestion. So this is an LCD projector, right?
You are happy with the blacks?
I'm very happy with the blacks! This was the PRIMARY reason I opted for the Epson. As far as pixel fill..... sorry, can't see ANY pixels at a normal viewing distance. No screendoor effect unless you stand
close to the screen. At 1920X1080 it's NOTHING like the 720 projectors were.
I did try a DLP as well, and yes, standing at the screen there is quite a difference. Sitting in my massaging recliner.... nope!
Again, my reasons for the Epson in the order of priorities:
Black level - It's damn good! I used to run the CRT a bit higher as well to avoid loosing the fine detail at near black. The Epson is still much darker than film and only a hair brighter than I ran the CRT. But remember, I'm blasting it into a near 2.5 gain screen!!
Image artifacts - I am sensitive to rainbows, so DLP is out. LCD and LCOS were the only contenders, with LCD winning on price.
Cost - Hey! $1500 shipped! Remember, this is an INTERIM projector until the LED or LASER tech is available. Why dump a lot of cash into something I'll replace in as little as 2 - 3 years?
Warranty - 2 years, inclusive the bulb! And no hassles like most other companies.
Features - 3D not needed.
Noise - Non issue. Most digitals are very quiet now, but the CRT was a jet engine in comparison.
As to the Mitsubishi HC5, I just didn't want to spend that much. The goal was to sell my big projector and hopefully break even on the new one. I did that. No money spent.
The NEXT projector will have to be LED or Laser. Budget on that will be far more negotiable.