Originally Posted by SOWK
There is no longer any truly good mid-priced DLP projectors anymore.
If there where similar units to the Runco LS-5 or The Marantz VP-15S1 coming out with 3D and Darkchip 4, there would be way more talk about DLP.
But it mostly Darkchip 2 or maybe 3 with so-so irises to get decent black levels.
Not many of us even, on this forum, can afford SIM2's, or Digital Projection projectors, and most of the "cheaper" runcos are 3+ year old technology.
Here is what would get the intrest back in line, and put it back on top.
$7000 - $8000 MSRP
LED/LASER Light engine
Single Chip Darkchip 4
21:9 Chip (2560X1080)
1500 Calibrated Lumens
Good Iris like the Sony's
Motorized Lens (Focus / Shift / Zoom)
Well, 0.95" Darkchip 3 is close in performance to Darkchip4, they are basically the same chip with the better of the batch being picked and labelled as DC4. There are some 0.95" options out there, nearly all the LED models out there are DC4 (except for the Mico 40) and some ex-demo models can be found in the range you are looking at. The Runco LS5 and DPI 230/260 single chip models all use 0.95" (DPI don't explicitly state which but I doubt they could charge the asking price with DC2 or less quality). But yes, 3D and 1500 lumens is the deal breaker in that price range.
I don't see anything wrong with +3 year old technology, if you are talking about a second hand Marantz 11S2/Sim2 HT3000e I would argue that they would produce a better image than any new 0.65" model. Although that argument would be very subjective
I reckon we'll see comsumer 4K DLP next year maybe that will be interesting... Its a shame that no LED manufacturer has found a way of geting more lumens out of LEDs and keep them cool. LED is the next step for me but until they can do 1500 lumens it probably won't work in my setup.