Originally Posted by Jones_Rush
We already know DLP throws a better picture than LCD, the question is if the 12k is any better than other DLPs, but this question hasn't been answered by anyone in this thread.
I think it has been well established over time where Sharp's position is in the DLP heiarchy. Wasn't that long ago that this model was challenging the $20,000 Marantz for king of the DLP hill. As for other technologies following are comments from Bob Sorel who owns the RS-1 and Ruby and hangs out in the >$3000 forum.
Quote from Bob Sorel
[I know that this is off topic, but from just a couple of hours that I had to set it up and eyeball it (my instruments won't be back for about a week), I was EXTREMELY impressed! Even though I can tell that the 12k will need proper calibration, even right out of the box the colors were far more accurate than what I see from the RS-1 (and better than the Ruby, too!). It was just so nice to have ACCURATE colors again, something I have missed since my InFocus 7210.
And again, I haven't had a chance to play with it, but this thing has a FULL CMS!!! The user has what looks like complete control of saturation, hue, and luminance of all 6 colors (primaries and secondaries), as well as the ability to create custom gamma curves. Being a 1 chip DLP it is sharp as can be and the black level is very competitive to the RS-1. It appears to have much higher ANSI CR than the RS-1, so the intrascene contrast is terrific!
The only problems I could see at first viewing were the 720p resolution and physical noise of the projector. Blown up on a 139" wide screen I can see pixel structure at 1.1X screen width, and the projector is considerably louder than the RS-1, though with its low pitched sound it is not as irritating as the high pitched whine of some color wheels.
My initial impressions are that this has got to be the steal of the century for people who are not susceptible to rainbows (I only see them occasionally, and am never bothered by them), who can use a long throw, and are looking to light up a moderately sized screen. It has great blacks, excellent on/off and ANSI contrast, superb optics, extremely sharp picture, excellent, accurate color rendition, and most pertinent to this thread, a fully functional CMS...
I plan on talking about this projector more once I perform a full calibration on it.]