Originally Posted by SauceXX
If the only concern is 2D black level than don't disregard the Infocus SP8602. I think it's better than the Sharp 30K.
If you're going to consider other factors, then that's a different story....................
It seems to me that baring some new DC4/5 chip, black level has reached it's limits with DLP. Heck the Sharp 20K is is a 6 year old PJ. It shouldn't even be in the same ballpark as newer models.
The Sharp had the best static image a single chip DLP can offer. It rivals what the Marantz VP-11S2 looks like. It uses a fixed iris and gives the best black level I've seen any DLP projector give and some of the best contrast (on/off and ANSI) single chip DLP can give. Other than that, it has a GREAT lens, superb image processing for HD content, and offers color/greyscale/gamma calibration that would give any calibrator a hard-on. It's a fantastic projector.
The InFocus probably looks nice, but it uses a clunky DI, uses the smaller DLP DMD, and judging from the price point, the lens probably isn't as nice as the Sharp. I say this all the time, but age doesn't mean anything. Heck, some older 720p Marantz models give much higher picture quality than most projectors coming out today. Almost any 1080p DLP projector that came out around 2006 and 2007 will blow away anything under $5000 DLP that coming out today in regards to picture quality. These older projectors had a much larger manufacturing budget so they use vastly superior components and had enough money to put towards R&D to make a solid product from the ground up. These newer cheap-o DLP projectors perform and look at least one step down in over all picture quality. DLP projectors, as a whole, among other technology types, have been on a race to the bottom (in price) to sell more and more units. This is one of the reasons LCOS has literally no competition in the under $5000 market. The DLP products being put out today are garbage in comparison to those older models and this gives other technologies a chance to shine even though (in my option) DLP has the potential to impress people even more.Edited by Seegs108 - 6/14/13 at 1:53am