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This is why I like Cine4Home's reviews best, as they tend to concentrate more on objective results based on measurements. They also do a good job of testing how well it can be calibrated. Now, good out of the box calibration is a good thing, but I'm more interested in the potential of the projector.
The two main flaws that PJC seemed to point out is the green bias, and black crush. I assume this is why they scored the performance so low.
The 550 had extensive colour space controls, and I assume the 400 inherits this, so if PJC couldn't eliminate this then perhaps ( as they suggested ) it is an isolated lamp issue.
The 550 also has very extensive gamma correction controls, even allowing you to adjust the curve manually at 10 different points. I would assume that this would allow you to tune-out any or most black crush, and still maintain lowest absolute black ( or dark grey, as heh - I'm a CRT'er ).
Cine4home's review of the 550 stated that the Theatre modes had a green bias, but they later tuned the colour space to be absolutly perfect. I hope they review the 400.
Now, not too many people buying a $1,600 projector will probably want to have it ISF'd, but it would really be interesting to hear if an AVS member with this unit has it calibrated, and what the results were.