I've had a chance to spend an entire evening looking at the MT700 hooked up the momitsu v880 via DVI/HDMI. First what I noticed was that the Full and Through settings were exactly the same, which is good. Via component, the full filled the screen but looked soft, and the Through (pixel mapping) looked correct and sharper, but it was reduced in size, similar to what the HS51 does in 720 HDMI before the fix. I think this is a real problem for component video users. HDMI is correct and looks great. I wonder what is happening in component?
I made all observations in high lamp mode, since I usually like to run projectors in high, and this looked best. As mentioned I have a Gray Goo screen with variable masking. I don't currently have an HD source. I returned my OTA HD tuner since I couldn't consitently get stations.
With the V880 via HDMI I really felt like I was looking at a very neutral device. It almost didn't impress me with it's picture. It just seemed accurate to the source and very filmic. And for a display device (or loudspeakers for that matter) that is a very high compliment.
The great dynamic range made me want to try using this as video monitor for some of the TV shows, and video's I edit. I am able to see so many gradations of black and the color on mid (6500) looks accurate.
It's not as punchy looking as a CRT picture tube of course, but it seems very linear and seems to show whatever is in the signal.
Watching Carnivale and Deadwood on a slightly noisey analog cable feed via s-video looked quite good, and zoomed up to full screen.
Then I played with the Faroudja menu. This is incredible processing for cleaning up such signals. The Noise slider truly pulled noise out without affecting all of the detail. The True Color(?) slider, however actually restored the detail lost from cleaning up the noise, and only introducing a small amount of it;s own. I had each up 2-3 points, and it really made ratty old cable look fantastic.
Watching pillarbox 4x3, I didn't get up to slide my masking system in, and the outside pillars looked very dark on my screen. Actually not much brighter than the felt covered 4" masks. That was surprising.
There is some dither noise at times in dark areas if you look closely, even from 10 feet. But you have to be within a foot of the 70" wide screen to see any screen door. The lack of VB
that was present on my Z2 is quite welcome, and I find the rainbows to be quite tolerable after two nights. I do find myself looking away from the screen every once in a while to give my eyes a rest. That really is once positive to LCD's I may miss.
Incidentally, I accidentally unplugged the AC from the projector due to a temporary setup. I figured "great, I just took 100 hours off my bulb." I plugged the unit right back in, and to my delight, the fan kicked in to complete the shut off sequence. Kudos to Toshiba for an intelligent design.
The unit is very quiet, and there sems to be no light spill at all.
I've seen quite a few mid range projector setups recently, the sharp 11k , and even recently the Qualia 004. Except for the qualia, I really can't remember seeing a better setup than what I'm seeing in my living right now- (though I think none of the other setups I saw were via DVI or HDMI to be fair)
I can't see anyone being dissapointed in this projector at this price point, or even quite a bit higher.
There are a few times in low contrast scenes I wish it had a liittle deeper black level, so I think even with this projector, a high contrast screen may still be in order for black level freaks like myself.
But all in all I think anyone looking for a projector in this price range will be quite happy buying it, even sight unseen. It's that good.