I know it's hard or shall we say difficult for the average user..even one of multiple bits of high end gear to understand where I am coming from at times.
I'm not just an end user, who takes a given device and tries to get it to perform.
I take said devices apart and do single cause analysis optical experiments, mechanical experiments and electrical experiments on them, one step, after one step, after one step. Day, after day, after day... ad nauseam. To the point that I might have made 20-50-100 or more incremental small changes in said areas of the given projector.. over a one, two, or three year period. Yes, I need a life.
But on the other hand, I do know what I am talking about in most cases when it comes to the optics of a given device type. Nor do I feel the need to explain exactly what I mean. I'm not here to feed understanding to any given people who might design or produce electronics, and put ideas and understanding on their plate, and thus...money in their pockets. They can do that well enough on their own.
I'm not dismissing, PF, what you have said, at all.
I have seen many scenes in a given 'dynamically' controlled device (ie, AE700, etc) that do fall short of the proper CR, and can write that off to awkward scenes for the iris, and software to deal with. CRT ain't perfect either. I am willing to consider that the scenes I saw with the Qualia are of a similar nature, but..on the other hand.. the situation was consistent with the entire viewing experience with this unit during the time I spent, which amounted to a whole 15 minutes. No matter what exact scene was shown in the HD feed they had. I am ~~~very~~~ familiar with the evidence that is seen when viewing limitations of Optics and how exactly that affects CR. specifically again, ANSI inter-scene CR. According to what I saw, that was it.
The dynamic Iris of the Qualia SHOULD give at a minimum, the life-like capacity a DILA shows in bright scenes, in any given scene on that Qualia. Should. I'm not trashing the Qualia, but merely mentioning the fact that getting perfect ANSI inter-scene CR out of any three chip device that utilizes a combining prism is a very, very tricky act, at best. Who knows exactly what I saw. One viewing is not enough to dismiss the Qualia, even though the evidence I saw speaks the same language as the standard flaw that 3 chip devices have.
I would certainly love to take one apart and see exactly the optical path, design and implementation. That would explain much. That would also explain what it can, or cannot do. Or what it might be capable of, and yes, if re-implemented, or altered.
Perhaps I should start a digital PJ chop shop. I might, but it would be for serious units only. No ****** $3k DLP units (they can be made to look fabulous, but no-one on a $3k budget can afford the work I'd do). $20k and above, only. On the other hand, I don't have the time to pursue such a thing. :)
For example, if enough people asked me to re-build Qualias, 3 chip Runcos, 5000c's etc, I would do it. For I'm not going to do just one, and have all the work and energy I've put into understanding how to improve these things be lost out into the world on one single sale. Not a chance. It's like the modded Shanling SACD players, etc. The same thing, but for High-end Digital PJ's. and THAT, my friend, is a entirely different kettle of fish than High End audio mods. Entirely different set of skills, in many/most ways.
Another example.. PF.. I/we design video screen products. Damn good ones. I have been working on, or hsall we properly say, happy enough to use my own experiments in video screen design and stop there, for the past two years now. I've created a screen, that improves ANSI CR by about 25-40%, depending on the given PJ in use. Seriously. I stopped working on it, after making my own. :) a common problem of mine. Not really a problem..but...:
I meet such resitance to ideas I propose, by lunk-headed, idiotic individuals, that I stopped giving a shite and trying. To hell with the people who want a better image, because I'm tired of trying to deal with those who are too mired in their own opinions and mindsets to even have an open thought or two. I always find it odd that they propose to look for the best, but refuse to understand that I might be trying to hand it to them.
But don't mind me, I'm just rambling.... :)