Originally Posted by Tom Bley
The Sony 11HT? Wow! That's a dinosaur. I wanted it so badly when it came out. I had the Sony 400q the first 16x9 projector. I also owned the Sharp 10k DLP and used it until '07. I've been projectorless ever since, sold it with my house. I'm holding out as long as I can as I'm still working on my basement theater room. I've always liked the look of DLP. The latest projector I've seen was the Sony 50es and thought it put out a great picture. So, your picture is 120" diagonal or 120" wide. Do you use the high brightness or eco setting? Thanks!
Pretty much same situation here - our last house didn't have a good room for a projector either. Now we moved into a place with a home theater room already setup - in wall speakers, control module, wiring, etc.
The 400q was a dinosaur too - but both were good in their day.
The Sony 50ES (55ES now) is what I was initially focused on. With all the brightness and placement options and PQ its the most versatile and best all rounder for the price. The 4810 B stock at AVS was also a great deal and ordered one after the 50ES's sold out. But I REALLY wanted an LED since I hate the hassle of bulbs (they seem so archaic) and the Woot deal came to my attention before the 4810 was delivered. (Thank goodness I was dealing with Mike at AVS who made the whole process painless and even pleasant. Thanks Mike!)
The strengths of Vivitek are
1) incredibly vibrant yet realistic looking color (not sure you can approach those on a bulb projector);
2) Amazing razor sharpness and eye popping detail (no doubt due to the first rate optics and processing)
3) Quietness - there doesn't seem to be a high or low beam mode, just gamma and color temp settings. But it's really quiet in any case. And eco mode isn't really needed given what low wattage LED's consume in the first place.
4) Blacks and shadow detail are impressive (especially with iris "on" and adaptive contrast enabled). How competitive with the latest Sony and JVC PJ's I don't know - but impressive from what I'm used to and definitely nothing that bothers me.
5) perceived light output (believe it or not). Because of the very high ANSI contrast bright scenes (or objects) can almost seem blindingly bright. Sure you don't want to use this in a non light controlled room, but if you do - the picture looks very bright to me and satisfying. Especially since you know there won't be any dimming for the next 15-25 years. Also it means calibrate once and you're done.
The weaknesses so far are:
1) there are some movies that the iris even in low mode can be distracting in - but not that often or that big a deal. It's improvement in black levels is worth it.
2) there are times when the projector just loses the signal and has to be rebooted. Happened twice so far in about 20 hours of viewing. Fortunately rebooting is fast and painless with an LED projector - I just hope it doesn't get to be a problem.
3) Longer throw - sadly in my theater room I'm stuck with a 120" picture fully zoomed in. I'd prefer 150" which I believe this is more than capable of doing. But with the amazing picture, the size loss was surprisingly easy to adjust to.
Obviously it's a major bargain for the Woot price of $2200. But now that the Woot deal is off, I'm guessing it will be hard to sell them for much more - so similar deals might come from dealers closing out stock.