|Originally posted by Shift
What you mean by this as stated on the 1st topic of this message on the Z1?:
4. You donâ€™t watch much tv
----I watch plenty of TV using my 1HD and can say it kicks a$$ in both DirectTV (s-video) and DVD either componet or S-video still picture quality is great.
I saw and viewed also the X1 in my house with all lights on and it was no where to brag that it can Perject a better picture then the Z1 in a non light control room/ area imho.
Both units still needs a dimm room to get excellent viewing. Even with the X1 with its high lumens I did not see a greater or say better picture in anyway.
Don't get me wrong both are a great runner up units,, but I am much happier owning the Z1 over the X1 anyday.
What I meant is that how much 4:3 standard def TV you view could be an important deciding factor between the X1 and the Z1, since they are so damn close in almost every category.
If you watch a lot of 4:3 TV (and don't see rainbows), the X1 would, in my opinion, be a better choice for the following reasons:
1. It's a native 4:3 projector.
2. It has built-in Faroudja DCDI processing, which does a good job of cleaning up and making standard def stuff look pretty good.
3. To my eyes, and to everyone who was at my shootout, this was the one area where the X1 was clearly superior to the Z1--standard def 4:3 material looked noticeably sharper on the X1.
I have both a Z1 and X1, and like them both. After 3 months of viewing them both extensively, I still maintain the X1 is a slightly better pj for 4:3 material. This is not denigrating the Z1--I also watch 4:3 material on the Z1, but to my eyes it just is not quite as sharp as the X1--still watchable, but not as crisp and stable as the picture from the X1. On HDTV and dvds, I still think it's a dead heat.
They are both great budget pjs--but if you watch a lot of 4:3 standard def material, it may lean you a little more to the X1 if you're still undecided. Most people have a very hard time trying to decide between these two pjs. I was just trying to point out that how much standard def TV you watch is something to consider when making your decision.
I like my Z1. I like my X1. I can't honestly say I'd be "much happier" with one over the other "any day." They are too close in performance and price/value.
As far as using these pjs in a room with some ambient light, I feel that any kind of critical viewing, such as DVDs, etc., you definitely need a dark room. But, one of the things that I like about the X1 is that I can put it in Presentation mode (1000 lumens) when there is ambient light in the room, and still enjoy some types of viewing--mostly sports, etc. that is not as critical for black levels, etc. The Presentation mode does cause the pq to suffer somewhat, but you do get a much brighter picture, which is fine for basketball, baseball, or even kids shows and news programs. I often use my X1 during the day with the curtains closed--not perfectly dark by any means. I wouldn't say it's a great picture, but it's watchable.