Originally Posted by Free
It has always been my experience, that ANSI CR contributes the most to the perception of image depth. That, plus sharpness, I think are key. Moving from my C3X, to my Sharp 20000, I find the Sharp is slightly better in this aspect. This is one of my biggest concerns with the RS1, but hopefully, I will be pleasantly surprised, when I get it... or it will be for sale shortly thereafter.
Phil - as we've been discussing a bit in other threads, one can likely make improvements to their HT envrionment to bring ANSI CR way up. This is a good place to start because otherwise the ANSI CR of the pj doesn't make as much difference as it could.
For instance I get 80:1 at the screen with the Ruby and 100:1 with the Sharp 10K. These are far lower than what the pjs are capable of. At the pj I measured 104:1 and 279:1 respectively. So its interesting to note that a higher native CR from the pj still results in a higher ANSI CR at the screen despite room reflections. At the same time, however, much of the benefit is lost. In this case a pj that has over 2x ANSI CR is yielding just 25% more at the screen.
Certainly the sharpness of the RS1 will be beyond our control, but with the help of some HT "dressings" perhaps we can make overall improvements to really bring the ANSI CR at the screen up considerably.
BTW, I too share your concern about the RS1 and its sharpness as compared to the Sharp 20K. It was very encouraging to hear some folks say that the RS1 looked equally as sharp side by side with the 20K. Then again, others reported that the Pearl and the RS1 looked almost identical in certain scenes ,and my impression is that the Pearl is a bit soft so it seems there is somewhat of a disconnect in this regard between those reports IMO...