Originally Posted by Kris Deering
That is correct. The Planar is delivering better contrast performance for both on/off and ANSI and can be dialed in far better. It is also a bit sharper than my RS2 was.
The RS20 seems to be more in line with the Planar though. Its absolute blacks are a bit better but it still falls short in ANSI. I like Planar's interface and tweakability a tad more than the RS20 but the two are very similar in overall image performance to my eye. Each has its advantages with different material so it would be a personal taste choice in the end I think. Personally, I would lean toward the Planar, but completely understand the praise for the RS20 right now.
Since you stumbled directly into my own internal debate (but with the advantage of having seen both). I've currently got a W5000 that I'm looking at replacing. On balance I love it. Colors are vivid but not unbelievable. Mid to bright scenes look awesome. It's very sharp.
But (aside from the issues with my lemon) there are a few things that have always bugged me:
- Black level is somewhat horrible without clamping the manual iris all the way down and turning Dynamic Black on. And even then it's only passable.
- Dynamic Black's gamma changes cause colors to change (making it more obvious)
- DB causes brightness compression that on some content (admittedly usually only OSDs and (sub)title type things) that can be somewhat annoying
- Dark scenes often seem to be murky rather than falling off into black. I'm not sure if that's crushed shadow detail or just poor black level making black murky
Anyway, I'm looking for a replacement, and RS20 and 8150 seem to be about the only machines that are likely to satisfy me that I have a chance of affording. So I keep running around in circles between them. I wonder if the DB on the 8150 will have similar noticeable artifacts as on my W5000, if the black level be "good enough", or will it be everything I'd hoped my W5000 was going to be.
And the RS20, will the colors bother me, and will I miss the DLP "magic" (high "ANSI").
I know you can't answer for me, but any thoughts on the two units knowing what I know bothers me at the moment? Oh, and can the 8150 do both V-stretch and H-squeeze on HD sources (ie support a fixed anamorphic lens)?