Originally Posted by notoriousmatty
The 3000 is considered a LCD projector. I DESPISE lcd technology on flat screens. I also adore how plasma tvs look. Does the 3000 picture quality resemble a lcd flat screen?
I'm disappointed that people have been getting up in your grille about this. I would hope that this forum is a place where people can come to get helpful answers, not immediate criticism.
This is AV Science Forum, and you've asked a very legitimate AVS question: "How does the picture quality of an LCD projector compare to that of an LCD TV?"
I know exactly what you are talking about. I have two LCD HDTVs that I bought to replace CRTs in the kitchen and bedroom. Although I like the convenience of space-saving flat panels and the ability to receive HD digital signals, the "look" of the LCDs is quite inferior to the old CRTs. They definitely look "digital" and not as rich in contrast ratio, motion artifacts and digital blocking abound, off-axis viewing is dim and flat, and whites and blacks tend to be crushed no matter what settings are applied.
I also have a Panny 3000 LCD HD front projector, and to me it's the best picture quality I have ever attained in my home. It has a completely different character than the LCD flat panels. It is bright, rich and detailed, with great contrast and invisible pixel structure. Off-axis viewing creates zero loss of image punch and depth. I think it looks very much like what you see in a commercial movie theater. If you like the very bright look of a plasma flat screen, it's possible to use settings and lamp modes on this projector to achieve a similar presentation (in a darkened room of course).
I would say in conclusion, that LCD flat panels and LCD projectors have almost nothing in common with respect to overall appearance of the picture that they deliver. So even if you don't like the look of LCD flat panels, that should not stop you from giving LCD front projection a look. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the difference.