Originally Posted by Ryan Steagall
Maybe I missed it, but was there anyone that preferred the HD72 over the AE900U? If so, what wa the determining factor?
From the very first post, I'm also confused as to why the AE900U was preferred. Most points made seemed to be in favor of the HD72, except for a few ties. With that said I don't see how one could come to a conclusion that the AE900U image was preferred. Care to explain how you tallied this?
I'm looking to upgrade from my SHARP PGM20x and am definitely looking between these two projectors. Here are the link for them on projector central:http://www.projectorcentral.com/Optoma-HD72.htmhttp://www.projectorcentral.com/Pana...-PT-AE900U.htm
I noticed that the HD72 is listed as being able to do 1080p(scaled of course) and the AE900 is not. Yet the maximum resolution (scaled) of the ae900 us is more? Can someone explain these statements?
Is there any other PJ that I should possibly be looking at this price point that I may be missing?
Lastly, can someone hit on the LCD vs DLP concerning these two projectors one more time please?
Good questions, Ryan- I will give my two cents!
There are several who prefer the HD72 over the AE900. The HD72 is capable of darker blacks and it is a brighter projector. However, the HD72 needs some calibration to get it looking as good as the Panny IMO.
I preferred the AE900 image for several reasons which may or may not apply to you:
1. The projector is extremely well calibrated out of the box- the grayscale is very close to 6500k, and that is important to me. All of ym displays at home are calibrated and honestly, I would not go out of my way to get the Panny calibrated. If I get a chance, great- but I don't see any need to spend $500 bucks for calibration when it looks this good. With the HD72, I definitely would have needed it calibrated. He's Gandalf the Grey, not Galdalf the Blue!
2. The picture is extremely smooth and- I think- very filmlike. People argue that DLP is more filmlike. I have not found that to be the case. That USED to be the case- and I have no doubt that if you move up the quality ladder of DLP it will pull much further ahead than LCD- but at this price range, the Panny is a great competitor and puts up a fantastic image. When I watch certain DVDs, I often get fooled into thinking I'm watching film. It's not all the time- but sometimes- that never happened with my Optoma H30. The H30 is still a great projector, but the AE900 beats it. Plus it's flexibility and features make it even MORE of a bargain.
Now, were the HD72 properly calibrated it may have been a better contest as far as side-by-side goes. But all of this figures into the decision to buy: Do I have to get it calibrated? Will it work with my setup? Honestly, as I have said many times in this thread, these projectors are both terrific. Sight unseen, you will be hapy with either. I would have been happy with either, but I happened to prefer the AE900 for aforementioned reasons and it works best in my setup. And I got a GREAT price.
Thar ye be!