Originally Posted by djacobsbu
I am interested in upgrading from my current runco projector which is from about 1999. I have already upgraded my entire home theater system but am yet to upgrade my projector. I am considering the Meridian MF1 but want to make sure there is nothing better on the market or coming out soon. Please Help!
It is important that you define what you mean by the "best". There are many things that make up a projected image and no single device does them all the best.
If for example you are using a room with light colored walls and/or ceilings or an unusually large screen, then lots of brightness is going to be important and a 3 chip 1080p DLP such as the Titan or Sim2s version should be looked at.
On the other hand if you are looking at screen sizes up to about 10' wide, or have a dedicated room with light absorbing (dark paint or fabric) surfaces, then the combination of optics, video processing, and accuracy to the original signal will be delivered in our VP-11S1 at just under 20k (unless you are talking about long throw which is just over).
You guys knew that was coming didn't you?
Seriously, there is no more accurate overall projector out there, the limitation being in peak brightness.
Just to refresh, our lens is a scaled-down-for-home version of the same lens used by every DLP D-Cinema projector, using multi-coated, aspherical, apochromatic, ultra low dispersion glass in 14 elements from Konica-Minolta. Just for comparison, the cost to us of this lens alone is about the same as the landed USD cost of the Sony Pearl. What this gives you above the extreme sharpness you would expect from a lens like this is control over stray light for extremely high ANSI (intra-scene) contrast as well as uniformity in the high 90s range.
Our subchassis is a diecast aluminum/magnesium structure that is extremely rigid and houses the industry's only 10,800 RPM seven segment color wheel for front projection using a newly designed FDB motor. The colorwheel is also color corrected for the high yellow content of short-arc high pressure mercury lamps which sacrifices a bit of brightness for high color accuracy.
The video processing is second generation Gennum which has been (do to its programmability) customized for this device, and is the same processing used in the Christie Digital D-Cinema devices.
We will also start offering anamorphic options in January that will allow full automation of lens movement and screen masking (since you are obviously a high-end customer, you should strongly consider 2.35:1 -- It is WAY cool).
The point is that there is no "best" projector any more that there is a "best" loudspeaker. You have to look at all (or as many as you can find) characteristics and determine your priorities.
If you are going to be anywhere near Vegas in January, you should try to get to our presentation at CES. We will be offsite at the Aladdin Hotel and will be showing everything I just spoke about.
And thanks for taking the time to read my obvious plug...