Originally Posted by nbagadio
My question is:
How common/noticeable is RBE for DLP and how common/noticeable is color panel Also for my particular use (mostly HDTV sports, HDTV TV shows, dramas, comedies, Pixar :), and not alot of sci-fi), how "bad" are the blacks for LCD. My room is light controlled, 7.5' ceiling, 14.5' throw.
BTW, today I'm leaning towards LCD because I can live with "not as good blacks", etc but I can't take the chance that me and my family (young kids) and my friends will be affected by RBE. Plus, with the placement possibilities, I don't have to try to nail down the install and I can save on the ceiling mount.
Check with me tomorrow... :)
For anything bright (sports, sitcoms, etc.), LCD will perform just as good as DLP (well, there are differences, but just not that big in this case).
For dark material DLP wins (IMO). It's not just the difference between gray blacks and black blacks, it's the difference with shadow detail. The more shadow detail you have, the more you will see in a dark scene. Instead of just a gray blob of matter, you will actually see detail. It's like seeing the creases on a black suit. On a DLP you will see the detail and creases, on a LCD you will just see a totally black suit...like someone filled in the suit outline with a black marker (this is just an example/analogy). Without good shadow detail you lose that 3d depth in dark scenes.
As for RBE, some people definitely see it. But there are things that aggravate it. For those that are sensitive, sitting too close (1x screen width or closer) and brightness will make it worse.
I so far have not had anyone see or complain of them on my 4x wheel Optoma H31 (about 50 different people have viewed my H31). I have my H31 calibrated for HT viewing.
So few are affected by RBE that someone mentioned the logic that DLP wouldn't continue it's success if it was that big of an issue. But make no mistake, RBE is real, just unlikely.
Many Projector dealers have a return policy if the PJ doesn't work out for you (i.e. under 3 hrs on the lamp, etc. and you see RBE). Costco has a no reason return policy. In this case I would try a DLP and return it for a LCD if you see RBE.