I'm talking about native contrast with an iris fully open. The Planar PD8150 with it's dynamic iris in use is higher than the Marantz or the Sharp. If you were to have the iris fully open it should be more in line with the white paper. The native on/off with the iris fully open should be similar to the Planar PD8150 but it's dynamic iris can dig deeper than either manual iris. You get the best of both worlds (high brightness and low black level) while you need to choose one or the other with the Marantz or the Sharp. Currently I'm using a Marantz VP-11S1 with a High Power 2.8 Da-Lite screen so I can clamp down the iris and still get decent peak white levels. So far it seems to be a great combination. Sometimes I'll put the Planar PD8150 on low lamp mode with this screen but it's still a lot brighter than the Marantz (almost too bright).
Edited by Seegs108 - 2/1/13 at 12:18am