Doubling my post from another thread:
Sorry for being selfish. Instead of coming right back with the feedback I've been enjoying my new HC5 for entire weekend. There are a lot of things that have been said about this projector already but let me state the things that for me
makes this projector a much better option than Sharp XV-Z30000.
When I first turned on the projector I was stunned. Man, what a difference. I came up close and began analyzing what is different, what factors gave me that first impression. In short, they are:
- Better blacks, more contrast;
- Wow, those colors are beautiful!
- Smoother, more refined image due to absence of dithering and higher pixel fill rate (less visible pixel structure).
Now let's talk about some aspects in more detail.Brightness.
This projector is BRIGHT. It gave me 21 ftL on my 80" unity gain screen with normal lamp mode (same as Eco on other PJs), iris half-closed, cinema filter engaged and color temp set @ 6500K! The picture was as bright or brighter than my previous plasma! I had to close down the iris further otherwise I was squiting my eyes on the bright scenes. I tried the max brightness mode (high lamp, full oped iris, cinema filter disengaged) and this was madness. The image was brighter than a cranked up LCD... That's a lot brighter than I could get with Z30000. I missed the opportunity to measure ftL back then but I may take measurements if anybody asks me to. One of the reasons why the image looks so bright might be good color saturation, as opposed to Z30000's.Black level.
Well, I wouldn't say phenomenal. But you must understand that it's very hard to surprise me in this regard as I'm used to perfect blacks on my CRT monitor. However, to make some point of reference I'll say the blacks of HC5 with iris half closed, with a new lamp, on a matte white screen, in an untreated room, are better than on any LCD monitor or most LCD TVs (except some high-end ones). It might even rival my previous plasma (GT20). The blacks are much better than on Z30000 even with engaged dynamic iris. They are low enough that you're not distracted on fade-to-black scenes.Contrast.
What do blacks these low and that much brightness gives us? Correct, GREAT contrast. You should've seen that uncontrollable smile that creeped on my face when I first saw the image. Partially that was due to contrast, both intrascene and on/off. Yes, the ANSI contrast is truly remarkable on this projector as well. I am not able to push it to its limits (which is about 450:1) due to limitations of my room but it is high enough to get punchy images on bright scenes. Even though Sharp's ANSI is supposed to be higher, I can't remember thinking the same way about it.Colors.
This was my main quarrel with the Sharp. OOTB the colors are very pleasing. They are still far from the standard, but unlike Sharp, the oversaturated colors are easily fixed via CMS (I mean luminance here, not hue/saturation). Unfortunately, chromacity coordinates are not easily fixed, meaning that CMS is still half-useless. But trust me on this, oversaturated and larger volume on CIE graph is better than undersaturated and lacking volume on CIE graph. I am still working on getting to standard by using software CMS (AgryllCMS & madVR).Convergence.
My unit isn't the best sample, I presume. I wasn't able to get very good convergence and on some parts of the image it is better than on others. Best case (1
). Worst case (1
). (caution, large images) Despite this, it doesn't bother me much even that I'm using it for general PC work (like now).Sharpness.
Event though the convergence isn't that great the sharpness is very good. It is uniform throughout the screen, which tell us about the lens quality. Due to VERY high pixel fill rate I can't see the pixel structure unless I stick my nose to the screen. That's a very large plus for me because I'm watching from a close seating distance (< 2m). It has already been said how an LCoS projector be more pleasing for reading text. It is like a free anti-aliasing filter imbued inside the projector, but not at the expense of detail. I can only wonder how sharp this projector can be with ideal convergence.Input lag.
Not stellar, but better than Sharp XV-Z30000. Sharp gave me a minimum of 59-71 ms of input lag. Street Fighter IV was unplayable. On HC5 I measured 50-70 ms with FRC off (1
), 110-140 ms with FRC = True Film (1
) and 180-220 ms with FRC = True Video (1
). I wonder what all that variance means. This reviewer
measured 42 ms and I tend to trust his reviews. It certainly feels like 42 ms and not 70 ms (like on Z30000). I set audio latency withing audio decoder to compensate for lag in different FRC modes. These test videos are very helpful for that: http://www.editorsean.com/blog/49-audiovideosynctest
. And I always turn FRC off for general PC usage. It doesn't feel any worse than my G20 plasma. Although it is quite noticable after 0 ms on CRT.Color, brightness uniformity and bright corners.
Nothing to complain about. White is uniform and beautiful. The black rectangle shot is overexposed, I currently can't see what is seen on the picture.Gradation.
Outstanding! The best I have seen among digital panels. Smooth, clean gradation without grain or irregular stripes. Not ideal line on my CRT monitor (could've been better at IRE < 20) but better than on Sharp XV-Z30000 for sure. This is the place I like to test gradation (among other things): http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/gradient.php
. Note that this is with OOTB settings (Cinema preset). I didn't tinker with gamma yet.
There's a lot more to say about this projector but for now I'll conclude with this. I keep saying to myself that I got a 8000$ projector for 2000$ and it soothes my heart.
Right now I'm a happy mother-videophile-cker.