Originally Posted by Hawkson
Which ones have you seen?
Too many to list, I have seen 15 or so I think, and I have owned the Mits hc1000, Mits hc3800, Mits hc4000, Sanyo z5, Epson 8500ub, Sony vw70, and now the Sanyo z4000. I only owne the hc1000 for like 2 hours, so hardly really owned it. I owned the 8500ub about 15 hours or so. The others I owned all 50+ hours.
Out of that list, my 2 favorite are the Mits hc4000 and the Sanyo z4000.
Sanyo stays, Mits goes back, but its becuase of RBE sensitivity (well at this point, the Sanyo looks so good, I'd keep it over the MITS regardless).The hell I went through with the Sanyo
I finally accomplished what the PRO reviewers were not able to do with the Sanyo, and that is I was able to remove the yellow and green BIAS from the BRIGHTER modes of the Sanyo with absolutely 0 side effects to shadow detail or image noise, or contrast (actually I increased contrast close to Dynamic mode). This was 100% verified by hours and hours of split-screen viewing in comparison to a calibrated Mits. Of course I didn't get a 1000 lumens BEST MODE, but I also didn't lose nearly as much lumens as a normal calibration would cost you on the Sanyo.
Sanyo z4000 most underrated projector, but only after you master its calibrations, which is somewhere between ridiculously hard and almost impossible. The Sanyo z4000 is perhaps the worst OTB projector ever made, and I'm being gracious here. I really like the Sanyo now. The skin tones are absolutely freaking perfect.
I am pretty sure if you handed me a perfectly converged and D65 calibrated 8700ub, at this point I think I would still take the Sanyo due to the sharper image and better shadow detail, even in exchange for worse black levels.
It only gets better from here, once I re-mounted the Sanyo in its optimal position for its LENS bias, the darn thing is as sharp as many DLPs (but it's very placement sensitive).
Still the Mits and Sanyo projectors are both very close in some ways, but I slightly prefer the Sanyo now EVEN if I were not RBE sensitive.
The Sanyo is the first NON-DLP projector that does not bother me for reading HTPC text on a PC. Text is basically crystal clear just like the Mits, not quite as perfect, but really freaking close.