Originally Posted by -Ticarus-
All I can say is... WOW! Love the projector so far. My one complain would actually be blu rays. My other tv is a kuro, so i am used to being floored with blu ray quality. Blu Rays didnt seem too much better then my cable feed.
Instead with the projector I was more impressed with my digital cable feed. The okc-mavs game looked amazing!
Black levels will differ from one user to another... I get it.
But with that said, in my current setup the blacks are not too great.
Dont get me wrong, more positives then negatives overall. Its just always easier to point out whats lacking in a product.
This projector basically is very close to being # 1 in two categories as you've noticed, that is processing cable feeds, and bright scene POP overall. I don't know why, but there is something special about how Mits processes cable signals that seems to give it an advantage over every other projector I've tested for non-perfect sources. Maybe it is because the lack of processing the Mits is doing that is the real key here.
Still, it should look even better on a Bluray, but I bet it's the calibration or maybe a setting on your bluray player.
For black levels, it's just a tad below average, but not terrible either. I have a feeling only the Infocus sp8602 is going to beat the MIts overall without going to some ridiculous $5000+ price, but never seen that PJ either, so can't say for sure.
Personally I'll take the worse black levels since the MIts is #1 (or close to it) in the other two categories. The problem is, if you go with a projector that does good blacks, then you'll lose the bright scene POP or cable perfection.
Also, if you are watching an uncalibrated Plasma (no idea on how Kuro's OTB are), then it probably has unrealistic contrast and color. To me Plasmas do provide a sort of a ridiculous level of POP on some content, but on the other hand, when you really think about it, it's not giving a very natural picture, at least to my eye. Every time I watch a Plasma, it looks like the picture has too much contrast (more than real life).
You gotta also give yourself some time to adjust to a closer to D65 type image. The contrast of the Mits in bright scenes is superb though.
I don't watch Plasmas much, but funny that right now I am stuck watching a Plasma because I am at someone elses house for the weeked. It is a lowish-end Plasma (50" LG), but it still has good blacks.
When I watch Plasmas, they still usually look cartoony to me, although sometimes in a good way. Point is Plasmas seem to exagerrate colors and contrast beyond what is REAL LIFE. Of course that is mostly calibration, but as I'm not going to calibrate someone elses TV without their permission, then I don't have time to see it at D65.
As far as black levels, well that's the trade off, it's like the NBA draft, you can't draft the best 3 players, you go over budget, but you might get 2 of the best
As always, pick your poison (2 out of 3 is pretty good, most projectors are 1 out of 3 at best)