Originally Posted by Singh007
Hi. I am very close to pulling the trigger on this 'living legend'. My only concern is the brightness. The room I'm in can go pretty dark (no windows), and when I watch movies, it will be totally dark. HOWEVER...sometimes i like to have friends over, and we sit around on the sectional sofa, drinking coffee, socializing etc....but at the same time having the tv on in the background, or watching some tv shows. Or we like to sit around and watch football and eat nachos etc...The room has nice decor, nice pics on the wall, nice hardwood floors, furniture etc...so i don't want to sit in a dark box watching tv all the time when people are over. .I have 9 recessed 'pot lights' in the room that are on a dimmer, and the 3 lights in the front of the room have a seperate dimmer. So I would like to turn off the lights in the front of the room, and have the rest on low/mid (maybe 3/10). My question is...will the image look bad with these lights on? i understand i would want total darkness for best results, but is the 1300 lumens going to still look good even with a few dim lights on in the room?
The HC4000 won't give you anything close to a calibrated 1300 lumens, forget about it. For movies, in low lamp, you're looking around 500'ish lumens with a brand new lamp. The advantage over the Pro8200 will be better blacks, mostly due to the lumen output differences. All things being equal, more lumens/brighter = higher black levels (worse blacks).
But, the blacks won't be that much better. Noticeable, but not something I would change a projector for.
For sports, your Pro8200 will be superior, especially with some lights on.
For movies, the HC4000 will be superior. Brightness (8200) isn't really an advantage here.
I have a HC3800 and will probably move onto a JVC when the time comes (perhaps 1-2 years). Unless DLP has some miraculous tech advancement by then (unlikely).
You can get a RS45 for about 2x the HC4000 cost (I think), and the HD250 even cheaper. Though for sports, it wouldn't be an upgrade (perhaps even a slight downgrade) from your Pro8200. Movies? No contest, go JVC (unless animated perhaps). Again the HC4000 will be better for typical movies vs Pro8200, but it's more of a lateral move as others have said.
Art made some comparison opinions of the Pro8200 vs HC4000 in his Pro8200 review here: http://www.projectorreviews.com/viewsonic/pro8200/index.php