Originally Posted by R Harkness
As I mentioned in another thread, I only wish we'd see some major advancement in contrast for projectors.
Flat panels continue to make amazing gains, and now with OLED flat panel owers will enjoy "infinite" contrast (completely un-illuminated black levels while offering a bright, punchy picture), meanwhile the best projector contrast ratios in the business, from JVC, barely inch forward year to year, with heroic measures needed to realise the contrast levels they are capable of (which fall far below the on/off and ANSI that an OLED panel can produce).
It will be too bad if this continues, and one will have to go with a smaller flat panel to enjoy the finest picture quality.
(I love my projector and ain't givin' it up any time soon for a smaller image, which is why I hope so much for some similar advancement for projection as we see in flat panel technology).
don't count oled 'promises' just yet. when I look at what's on the market today, I think jvc's projectors are darn close to having the best blacks and contrast.
I was doing a comparison on motion between my Samsung f8500(let's call it the second best tv on the market today for blacks and contrast, behind the panny zt/vt) and my jvc x35. while doing this I was surprised by a couple things, first, my screen sucks bad! with the plasma on right below the screen, the difference in clarity is crazy. I have terrible screen texture and sparkles
but that's not the important thing, what surprised me was when it faded to black, and the plasma looked obviously BRIGHTER than my projector screen. and when the credits rolled, the projector screen looked pitch black in comparison again. the plasma was a touch bright in the whites, but it was a trade off i'd be more than willing to make. if I had to guess which image had great intra-scene contrast, i'd have to guess. it reminded me a bit of comparing lcd's to plasma. one's way brighter, ones way darker. it wouldn't surprise me to hear they both have similar ansi contrast values.
for my money, i'm far more interested in seeing the new projectors being released with led/laser lighting, and think UHD resolutions would actually be useful on 100+ inch screens. compare that to what's going on with flat screens, the impending death of plasma, led's completely abandoning full array to edge-lit, and 55" 4k TV's? none of that is an improvement to me... HOPEFULLY oled delivers on its promises, otherwise in 20ys i'll be that old cooky guy rocking an ancient plasma when i'm not watching my 'big screens' haha
although, if oled delivers on ALL its promises, you could end up with a 120" or larger roll up oled screen!