Originally Posted by cjsiv
So...I pulled the trigger on one of these today. The wife actually gave me the ok on the 8100 but I couldn't bring myself to drop $1500 bucks on a projector. Not now anyway. I see there isn't much love for the 705 on here but all the other reviews I have read have been very favorable. The last projector I owned was an Infocus X1 so I am guessing I will really like this one in comparison. I tried the hc1600 and the optoma hd71 and for some reason hidef dlp just kills me with rainbows. I will post my opinions when I get it set up next weekend. I just find it hard to believe that projector reviews, projector central and the user reviews at amazon and best buy all seem to love it but there is not alot positive here...Guess I'll find out for myself next week.
Will look forward to your assessment. The X1 was actually a pretty good projector in its day, from what I've read. I agree that this and other LCD units have a hard time of it here. Most seem to prefer the DLP's because of their better black levels and such. And a lot of the posters here are hard-core enthusiasts who take this stuff very, very seriously. That's all fine, but it does mean than some of the less than perfect, but perfectly fine, projectors get a harder time of it here than they deserve (IMHO).
A case in point, I have a friend with an older Epson (an HC 10+, 480p, 800:1 CR) -- not exactly top specs. He has a nice light-controlled setup in his basement and often has people over to watch movies. The "screen door" effect is very
visible, I've seen sharper images, he projects it way big (i.e. larger than recommended), and he hasn't tweaked a setting yet. Almost anyone here would be shaking their heads sadly by this time.
Yet, I have been over on those evenings and have had a great time, enjoyed the movie, and found that even under these pretty much worst case conditions, it was a very enjoyable experience. I usually forget about the screen door, black levels, and all the rest as soon as I become engrossed in the movie. All the other guests seem very happy with it as well and rave about how nice/cool it is, and so on and so on. (I started out with an Epson HC 20 with similar specs, just a tad better. Still love it - paid $400 for it and consider it to have been one of the best deals ever.)
The next time you go to a commercial Cinema, take a moment and walk down front and inspect the image, black levels, and so on. You'll be surprised, I think. If you compare side-by-side, the better projectors definitely have their pluses. But once you're watching a movie, it's amazing how well the brain adapts.
I used to take these things a lot more seriously myself. Now, I just relax and try to enjoy the movie.