Originally Posted by hifiaudio2
That being said, if 2d was my only thing, I would be inclined to give the HD5 a very long look.
I agree and after spending about eight hours looking at what it can do I decided to purchase the HD5 from Display Design. I've been very very busy but I've been able to run the unit through enough familiar material to know what it is capable of. First , I want to say that there is no replacement for horsepower. We are getting between 28 and 30 fL, depending on how it was measured, on my Stewart ST130 at 14' width. This is using a temporary setup on a platform at the back of the room and zooming. Once I get it in the final set up I will be able to use the ISCO III again and will get even more light.
I don't like the term but I really don't have another better so pop
is the one I'll use to describe the combination of high light output and great intrascene contrast that the unit is capable of. The look of the image is very engaging for this reason but not just because of these things. The color is just stunning. As much as I hate to say it I need to bow to Peter now and admit that the xenon lamp is indeed a big step up. This makes the colors more realistic but also allows the whites to appear white very consistently.
I'm a big fan of older films so black and white is extremely important to me. This has been a real sticking point since great black and white reproduction depends on several things including white point, contrast and, importantly, panel alignment. Compromised alignment will wreck the image due to visible fringing. My HT 5000 had the best panel alignment I'd ever seen on a any projector with 80% of the screen being perfect and the edges being off about 1/4 pixel. The HD5 is great in this regard right out of the box and has adjustable panels as well.
I was particularly impressed watching Sansara
and Cloud Atlas
both of which tested so much of what the projector can do.I loved how daylight scenes looked like daylight and how much depth images had compared to what I had gotten used to.
The short comings are sequential contrast which is about 80% of what my SIM could do using the middle custom aperture plate that Display Designed installed . This is a compromise between max contrast and max light capability. Additionally, the projector is loud, being close to the noise of my mini split AC unit in the projection room so one needs to be prepared to isolate the projector.