Hre we go again? Oh boy a young Republican, no wonder...
Let's reword it. Everyone professional or laymen alike that has seen the Barcos [except one person that saw it with a thick layer of dust on the lenses and plate glass who lives by the CRT seq. cr. agenda] exclaims how dramatically better it is to what has been shown in the last 4 years cedia, ces, and infocomm. The closest possible thing to this projector unmodified is the 250K Runco sc-1, modified it is the DPI Lighting reference,the SUPREME projector last CEDIA. There were Sony and JVC projectors with 15K-1 at CEDIA but there was no way they came close to the Lighting Reference. I had until last shoeast no projector agenda and have been to most shows for the past 3 years and have also been to 2 hollywood facilities,for screens at this point until I compare the SMX to the Torus (I will be remaining screen agnostic).
Sequential contrast out of the DCI spec. is forbidden by TI in an Iron Clad agreement with the manufacturers.
5k-1( without sacrificing uniformity) and perhaps 6k-1 (sacrificing uniformity with the delta apertures) is as far as you are going to see for a LONG TIME. SO EVERYONE better adjust your thinking there. For those that enjoy this latest Barco and other upcoming .98 dci projector with servo zoom lens the extreme anso contrast delivery of MTF (YES HIGH MTF with propietary gamma =VIRTUAL 70mm).
Soon enough these projectors with the modifications will be available to be seen by those interested in aproximating 70mm at home. In the meantime I don't believe that the Imax and dci theaters are the best way to see these projectors.
Perhaps when/if Art gets to see 2 or 3 of these things in action in one seating then you will accept.
As much as some of you pride yourselves of being ardent videophiles (for movie watching purposes - not anaglyphic photography) the King Of Miami is the most ardent. He is ONE TOUGH CUSTOMER fliying himself on his own transatlantic jet to every show, he has been in every A list private screening room in Hollywood, gets VIP seats at Cannes, and prided himself in his former 100,000seq 11' wide G-90 Torus rig. Wolfgang too had G-90 stacks, so please stop preaching to the choir when you have not seen the other side of the coin.
NO ONE HAS spent more resources, time and effort on this quest than Ugo. Last CEDIA he even told someone at Runco during the vx-55 demo that started presenting their shpeal on Contrast:
Runco: We know contrast we have even developed a new iniciative to measure contrast in our products...
Ugo: Sorry to interrupt but your contrast ain't that high -your blacks here are grey.
At which point they tried to readjust the projector to no avail.
At CEDIA he did prefer the contrast of the DPI units, however the lighting reference was too big, so he had settled for the imperfect color of the Titan Reference.
When I called him and told him that I had something a magnitude better he said "naw".
I told him to prepare himself to seing the finest image he had ever seen. The results were an unqualified endorsement ...
That says it all... In the meantime I would suggest a forum NEW RULE: That people that want to discuss projectors contrast ratios in excess of 6,500 to 1 please GET OUT OF DODGE.
Since TI DCI spec forbids contrast ratios in excess of 2,000+-10%, and there is a limit to how much this can be modded, IT SERVES NO PURPOSE BUT TO DRAIN VITAL RESEARCH ENERGIES to bring this unrealistic discussions, please keep them on the other 5 forums. It is always the same insensitive people harping on this non reality.