Originally Posted by Litherish
We at LL use 15"-17" monitors, ranging contrasts from 350:1-1600:1 (yes 1600:1 17" panel
Lets talk about "sounding like an Ass" for a second here.
You realize those contrast ratio numbers are worthless when you buy the monitor to begin with, and then ripping them apart and start shining a super bright light through them only makes the contrast ratio disappear completely right? Have any of you guys actually run tests to compute the contrast ratios after you throw the image to your screen? Hello 400:1 contrast....if you're lucky.
Here's your 1600:1 (and it probably never even gets close to that number even when its not ripped apart) right in the description for that monitor:
"f-ENGINE technology independently enhances the brightness and color for a stunning viewing experience".
Thats a form of image AI, the monitor would evaluate the stuff going on on the screen and adjust the Cold Cathodes behind the LCD panel to try and make black appear darker. Which you destroyed when you tore the monitor apart.
Then, of course, you're shining a super bright light through those panels...which were weak in the CR department to begin with, thereby forcing more light through them when they are off, thereby reducing your CR even further.
Dont start namecalling when you're standing in the glass house, buddy.
The projectors are able to display resolutions depending on your LCD panel, 15"-1024x768, 17"-1280x1028 so 720p is capable as well as 480p, most HT commercial projectors don't even do 1280x1024.
Resolution is nothing without image quality....unless all you're planning on doing is playing Counterstrike. I looked at about a dozen threads and the screenshots I'm seeing are all looking pretty bad. Here's one thats as big as a coffee table......and the image it produces?
Thats flat out awful. Notice the massive light dropoff in all 4 corners, can't tell on focus since the whole thing looks soft to begin with. Look at that contrast ratio..oh wait, there isn't any, its just "muddy colors" and then "black"..or Grey as it were. Tonys hair looks like someone colored his head with the "SPRAY" function in Microsoft Paint.
Another one I took a look at has completely blown out whites, everything is too bright and you're getting whitecrush.
This is a terrible picture above....everything looks soft, the whites are totally blown out, all the color is muted because the light is so bright.....this is not a good picture at all. There's no shadow detail, colors are wrong, whites blown out.
Look, its Star Wars in B&W! No Color fidelity at all...look at the fuzzy troopers in the background, even at that distance you can EASILY See the screendoor pattern from the LCD panel.
So before you insult a respected site with a great community, maybe do a bit of research, so you will actually know what your talking about.
Take your own advice. You are on the #1 respected Home Theatre community on the web, you know. You're acting like he punched your mom in the eye. Its ok for people to disagree on what looks good versus what does not.
PS: When you take an LCD Monitor apart and out from its housing, its exactly the same thing as the ones they'd lay down on top of an overhead projector at School.
Now...having just been a bitch in this post I want to say one thing: Those projectors are cool, Granted, after all the carpentry and the parts and stuff you're probably talking about more than $300 or $400, and these days $300 or $400 buys you quite a bit of projector, used, on ebay. Just something to consider. I do applaud those guys for what they did, however...its pretty enterprising, and the images for games and PC desktops dont look half bad. But for movies, or wanting to see a real high QUALITY image? I'm not seeing it.
Point me to some other screenshots if you think I've only chosen the worst of the worst.