Originally Posted by Blindman0v0
I'm not a big fan of colors getting so brilliant. I bought a new led tv last year and the color is so bright that I almost need sunglasses on to watch it and thats with it on eco mode.lol
I don't think I would want colors any brighter than what I have on my HD131xe. Everyone that sees it is just amazed at the colors.
In that case, you'd probably be satisfied with a 1000 lumen projector.
Here's why: mating a low-powered (190W) lamp (which is dim by DLP standards) with a white/clear-segment-inclusive color-wheel results in a massive loss in effective brightness when color is displayed.
I'm an absolute non-fan of the Color Light Output
standard (it's questionable marketing fanfare generated by Epson's 3LCD subsidiary), but if anything, it does demonstrate a point: if a DLP projector skimps on lamp power and substitutes it with a white segment, you're going to end up with lots of extra 'pure-white' brightness at the expense of every other color. Attempting to correct it (via BC) simply knocks the image's color palette off-balance by artificially boosting the image's brightness with extra 'white'.
Take a look at the Color Light Output (CLO) Buyer's Guide
, which measures each projector that doesn't have a manufacturer-specified CLO. (Yes, a manufacturer could specify any CLO measurement and it'd make it's way into the guide. And yes, that does render it mighty questionable).
But the kicker is in the measurements themselves for various DLP projectors: the W1070, for example, measures 1,570 lumens of color brightness. The HD131xe? Barely a third of that. The HD25e's lamp and color wheel configuration are the same; so the results would be similar.
Since budget home-theater projectors have historically been fairly dim (1000 lumens or so) and perception of brightness is relative to the surroundings, a lot of people won't notice the difference unless they're compared side-by-side. And with BC set to low, you'll still get a decent image.
But if the room's throw-distance supports it - as stated in the posts above - rather pick an accurate, bright projector and dim it via Eco mode (or an ND filter) than pick a projector that doesn't have the capability of delivering true brightness on a color image to begin with. Surplus brightness can be reduced - but a lack thereof can't be created.
This is one of the reasons this new Optoma HD50 is appealing: they've finally gone with a color-accurate configuration (RGB/RGB color wheel; just like the W1070) at what will hopefully be an attractive price point.