Originally Posted by threed123
Sharpness has so much to do with noise, edging enhancement, lenses and for LCD--micro lenses to get rid of the Screen Door Effect. Images that are as smooth as glass and pixel perfect can still appear as less sharp than over processed edging enhancement with some pixel noise. Some people think the noise is film grain and therefore the image looks more theater-like and sharp, when in reality, it's just bad processing and scaling. Sooo, you really need to demo, demo, demo--as someone else said.
Since there are two types of sharpness, inherent sharpness and fake sharpness, it is easily discerned from Art's reviews. Fake sharpness is obtained by the digital effects of the projector (like raising sharpness or turning on some type of transient/sharpness filter). There is a definite difference in TRUE inherent sharpness to all these projectors. From Art's review, the w6000 is far ahead of most of the other PJ's in this price range, EXCEPT for the HC3800 which is very close to being nearly as sharp as the w6000. As a matter of fact, Art said the sharpness is so close between the hc3800 and w6000 that it was a very marginal difference and probably not worth upgrading over, but did say the other benefits of the w6000 would be worth it (albeit see my previous post to why I would be hesitant to get a BENQ w6000, and would probably get an HC3800 over a w6000 at this point). Seems like at $1,300, this new MITS is the best projector you can get as long as the RBE and placement options aren't the deal breaker (although a dynamic iris would be nice as well).
The best way to tell sharpness is to compare small text on the different projectors. Art did his comparison by doing just this, and of the projectors he reviewed he said the MITS HC3800 and the BENQ w6000 were both far sharper than the Epson 8100, Panasonic 4000, or just about any other 3 LCD projector. He said it even beat his JVC (rs20 I think). So I guess DLP again has an advantage of sharpness when talking about budget projectors.
As I own a Sanyo Z5 which was stated to be very sharp, but HTPC text was never as sharp looking as I would have liked on the Z5 (not fuzzy at all, but just hard to read when small). The Z5 has a lot of sharpness and iris filters and tricks, but no matter what I did I still wanted text to look better on the HTPC.
So now I consider the Mits HC3800 as my next upgrade (which means I'd be going from LCD to DLP). I may pull the trigger, but if the HC3800 had just slightly better placement options, a dynamic IRIS, and definitely no RBE, then I would be sold already.