I spent some time with the new Mits SXRD projector in 2D mode only.
It throws a little over 800 lumens in high lamp and about 650 in normal lamp (iris open). Either is much too bright for Mark's 110" StudioTek, but using the iris brings the brightness down to a more comfortable 14-15 fL.
Native on/off contrast in the 5000:1 range (15/0.003 fL). You can get it as high as 7000-8000:1, but almost all of this comes from higher peak output, rather than lower black level. The iris affects peak output dramatically, but lowers the black level only slightly. I didn't use the auto-iris.
With onboard controls you can get a very good grayscale and a reasonably good gamma, though it rises at the high-end. With the Lumagen in the signal path both were essentially perfect as was the color performance.
Convergence was very good. Blue was off by one pixel in the vertical plane, which I fixed with the onboard pixel adjust feature. White field uniformity looked very good as well, though I did not measure it. I didn't notice the light corners Mark saw, but I wasn't looking for it.
I also liked the motorized lens shift, focus, and zoom controls that work in very small increments making fine adjustment possible.Problems
There were two issues with this projector.
- First, the CMS is broken. It doesn't work at all.
- Second, the human interface is occasionally awkward. One issue irritated the devil out of me. When using the calibration controls for gamma, white balance, and CMS, the adjustment menus remain planted right in the middle of the screen making measurements of the test patterns difficult and time-consuming. The Vango suffers from this design flaw as well. Very annoying.
I agree with Mark on three points:
- The CMS is useless. This is odd, because the CMS on the Mitsubishi rear projection DLP works very well. This is no doubt fixable with a firmware update if Mits wants to devote resources to doing so.
- The image is very sharp and crisp and with good depth, a little sharper I think than the JVCs, though this is a subjective assessment.
- Normal lamp is essentially silent and High lamp is very quiet. The noise of my laptop fan made it inaudible to me sitting just a few feet away. Mark was even closer and could just hear it.
I generally prefer DLPs. However, paired with an external processor with good calibration controls, such as the Lumagen Mini or the DVDO Duo, this is the first LCoS projector that got me nervously fingering my credit card. On the other hand, without a processor, I couldn't live with it because of the color issues, though I am particularly anal about such things. If you don't care about color accuracy, then it is a very, very good projector as it is.Equipment Used
Software: ChromaPure Professional
Signal Generator: AccuPel DVG-5000
Color Analyzers: JETI Specbos 1211/Klein K-10
Processor: Lumagen RadianceWith Mitsubishi's controlsWith Lumagen's controls