Originally Posted by Wet1
The HD80 sounds nice Charles! Could you please compare this PJ to the RS1 in further detail? I'd like to hear your thoughts even though I can't make the HD80 work for my application...(
I have been looking for a 1080 projector and recently sold my projector which increased the search. First I tried the a couple of LCD projectors and they were all dim (110" diagonal original FireHawk) especially when calibrated for their best image and had rather harsh convergence errors.
So once the RS1 became available I thought I'd step up (in price and image) to the RS1. It throws a great image with deep blacks and punchy whites at the same time. It's also much brighter than the LCD projectors. Unfortunately the two I looked at had bad shading issues (posted in the RS1 owner's thread) with a clear reddish tint around the outside of the image. Also even using their Pixel Shift utility the convergence wasn't great but one unit was more than acceptable.
I couldn't live with the shading issue so I had to keep searching and honestly I wasn't impressed with the quality level of any of the projectors outside of the Sony's build quality. For me their acceptable tolerance levels were too low and their images suffered accordingly.
Since most of the issues I was seeing were related to the projector having three panels I thought I would try a one-chip DLP. At the same time having "invested" so much in my previous projector and not being impressed with the quality control being offered I didn't think it was wise to invest too much into my next projector.
Looking at the DLP offerings the HD80 fit my installation needs the best although I did have to lower my screen a few inches (which was a good thing). Next the price is great and you don't quite feel the commitment and or pressure of investing in the best of the week model. At less than half the price of the RS1 I'm sure in a couple of years or so I won't mind looking for another upgrade quite as badly.
Anyway to your question comparing the RS1 and the HD80. For starters I don't have many hours on the HD80 yet so my opinion isn't set in stone. I guess I would recap the two this way...
Brightness - The HD80 appears brighter by a little (both bulbs set to low)
Sharpness - The HD80 wins by a far amount.
Contrast - Too close to call. I haven't viewed a lot of dark material on the HD80 yet.
ANSI CR - The HD80 easily wins.
Color - The HD80 wins. I think both can be tweaked fairly well but the RS1's oversaturated colors won't go away no matter what you do. I could spot this easily with a palm plant in the movie Crank.
Overall both throw an image most anyone would be happy with. I however find the HD80 sharper and its higher ANSI CR makes the image really pop. The RS1's image pops and if you didn't compare the two you wouldn't miss the difference but once you see it it's easy to spot.
The only advantage I see with the RS1 is the image is a little more solid. The DLP's image appears to jump around at times. As an example the pixels under someone's eyes might flicker a bit. Perhaps their skin is moving slightly but regardless it appears rather unnatural which I don't ever remember seeing on my old LCoS based projector.
So with my limited time I would pick the HD80 over the RS1 and it being less than half the price simply makes it a no-brainer.