well, here's some hint regarding ax100u's black level performance. according to art from projectorreviews.com, its black level performance is better than that of optoma hd72 (a highly rated dlp)! he did mention that hd72 doesn't necessarily have the best black level performance among dlps though.
this is taken from my discussion with art regarding using the carada brilliant white screen with the ax100u projector:
Originally Posted by happybob
Art, I'm anxiously waiting for your formal review on the panasonic ax100u. It supposedly has higher contrast than the ae900u, but based on what you are saying, its black might be less black than that of the ae900u? I had an ae900u with a 110" Carada Criterion brilliant white screen, and I thought that although the black wasn't the darkest black, but the way that color and saturation pop out on this screen more than made up for the slight deficiency in black. Based on the specs, it would seem that ax100u with its higher contrast ratio would have better blacks than the ae900u even on the Carada brilliant white screen. Is this not the case in your review even under the darker cinema modes? I was hoping that the ax100u would have slightly darker blacks and a sharper image than the ae900u, even on the Carada brilliant white screen, is this not the case?
Hi, not sure what I wrote, that gave you that impression. The blacks were generally very impressive. I did some side by side shots against the Optoma HD72, and the Panny was slightly brighter (both in best modes), but the blacks usually darker. (there are always scenes that provide different results when you have dynamic irises, AI, dimming lamps, etc. The scene I used, had some pretty bright areas, so the iris was definitely not able to close down much at all, yet it still beat the HD72 (though for a DLP, the HD72 is not known for really good blacks. So, I don't know, if, for example, it can match the blacks of the Mits HC3000 or its replacement, the HC3100... Still, very impressive.
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