Originally Posted by jojosdad
That's a good point. However, you could say the same about everything people rant and rave here. I don't doubt the "enthusiasts" can see a big difference, but I bet a whole bunch of people cannot tell a great difference between Dark Chip 2 to 3, 720p to 1080p and yet fork out thousands of dollars for those things. In the same boat, in light of the HD70, is the HD7100, HD73, HC3100 way overpriced then? People here may think a world of difference, but in the real world?
If the AX100 sells better or similar than HD73 or HC3100, then obviously it is not overpriced. Why would Panasonic charge less if they can sell a whole bunch?
At the end of the day, the market will decide the price for AX100. We'll see.
The HD73 is not overpriced because there will be a very clear and obvious difference between it and the HD70, especially when it comes to dark scenes. Those who want closer to CRT like dark scenes will pay the money for an HD73. The AX100U will not give you that kind of very important improvement on the dark end.
DarkChip3 units, not very long ago, cost about $4,500. Them hitting $2,000 so soon is a milestone. That means it won't be long before one hits $1,500 and then $999. That's the difference between DC3 and LCD. DC3 has dropped like a rock in price and it seems LCD refuses to budge. Once DarkChip 3 units begin hitting $1,499 they'll have no choice.
The calibrated contrast is much higher and the black level will be very clearly darker with the HD73, which is VERY important since that's the one area where digitals come up very short compared to CRT projectors.
I think you'd be real hard pressed to find someone who could see a real noticeable difference with the 4805 using keystone when playing film/video material. I tried hard to see a difference on a HUGE screen upclose on a paused dvd while adjusting keystone and I could detect no real difference. Perhaps with PC text it would be noticeable, but then again the 4805 already sucks for PC text to being with because of its low resolution.
If anyone would actually be picky enough to complain about keystone on a unit where no difference can be seen with film/video image by me then I have to laugh at them for using a digital in the first place. If they are that anal about miniscule differences in picture quality they should own a CRT. No person living with the huge shortcomings of a digital should complain about near invisible differences, IMO.
I think the big selling point for the AX100U is the lumen level and that's a big part of why it'll sell well. Better smooth screen and high lumens will keep it from failing most likely. It has some nice features.