Originally Posted by jacksonian
You're right, you are lucky to have seen them all in the same spot. How far were you from the screens, how big were they, and did you notice any SDE on the Epson? I don't know how prices are in Hong Kong, but in the US, we're talking $2,999 for the Epson vs. $1,800 for the Panasonic. With those prices, would you still spend extra for the Epson (knowing they wouldn't be side by side for comparison in your theater)? Thanks for any input.
So I had the day off to do some wondering around. I went back to the place where I had demo'd all 3 PJ's. The guy had just sold his demo Epson and was wrapping it up. I think the guy buying it was american, judging by accent. Thwarted. I hit the streets and wondered around a few places until I finally found yet another place that had all 3. I only compared the ax100 to the TW700...
The screen was 80" widescreen by a company called "OS".
The source was a high end Marantz using HDMI
The room had perfect light control but I viewed in both complete darkness and with slight ambient light to see if there was much difference. There wasn't as far as pixel vis is concerned.
I First watched the Epson. I had the on screen display up and focused it myself to perfection. I backed away from the screen until I could not see any pixelation. This occured at about 96" viewing distance. At this distance, I had difficulty finding SDE in even white screen and the OSD menu, but it is right at the threshold of being there. The width of an 80" diagonal is 70" so 96/70 = 1.37 I want to also add that I have 20:10 vision which is well better than average 20:20......just because I can see a hint of pixels just inside this distance does not mean everyone will be able to. I tried also looking at the movie as though I was watching it, and not being a videophile weenie. The pixels were not noticable until MUCH closer.
Now, with the salesguy thoroughly unamused, I had him switch the PJ to the Panasonic. I focused it, but was not able to obtain the same sharp picture as the Epson. I immediately noticed that there was MUCH more noise on the picture with the panny than the TW700 / 810. I was surprised by this but the salesman also mentioned it. The color was also noticably more accurate and "deep" on the epson, the ax100 just seemed a bit washed out. This could be a result of the "ISF" calibration that the Epson is supposed to have out of the box, I can't say. All in all a solid vote for the Epson.
If anyone has any questions about the viewing post here or PM me,
Let the arguments begin, but that is exactly what I saw.