Originally Posted by mrlittlejeans
What is demonstrably better about it than a Sim HT3000e? Having a wider color gamut (ie inaccurate colors) isn't a benefit unless you have a DCI gamut and sources that can use it. Light source stability is a benefit and LED's do allow single chip DLP to overcome one of their longest running flaws, RBE. Other than that, and until there is local dimming, there isn't anything more compelling than a bulb based projector. The infinite contrast schtick is a gimmick.
I agree that local/dynamic dimming of LED light source is when we'll see the technology begin to really shine to its best advantage. However, even without this feature, it still can have many advantages over bulb-based technolgies.
Not having to replace a bulb (and buy a new bulb) is one advantage. So once projector prices fall for LED, that will be a strong incentive for consumers. And even if you can't take advantage of the wider color space with today's software, the fact that the color space is so pure and so predictable means you'll be able to dial-in close-to-perfect-color without color balance shifting over time as a bulb ages.
LED is the future, and as the kinks are worked out it will benefit all projector technologies. However, the fact that it can erradiate single-chip's most bothersome artifact, RBE, will allow the advantages of single-chip designs (perfect pixel alignment and no inter-pixel interation) to be enjoyed by those who previously wouldn't have been able to enjoy DLP.
As for people suggesting that the price delta with LED will somehow negate its advantages for the consumer...
please remind yourselves that only a few short years ago all of the "experts" on this forum were telling us that we'd never see affordable 1080p projectors for the home-market. Never. And then we were told that we'd never have 1080p source material anyway. Never.
You can search out those long-winded debates fanned by experts on this board who, in all apparent honesty, tried to convince themselves and others that the human eye couldn't even see a difference between 720p and 1080p.
The fact that just a few short years later we not only have affordable 1080p projectors, but that those projectors cost far less and perform far better than any 720p machine they owned at the time, should indicate that the price of new and developing technology today says nothing about its widespread cost tomorrow.
LED will become the ubiquitous light source for all lamp-based video display products in a few short years. Really.