Originally Posted by Toe Tag
Interesting. Also, this thread http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...php?p=11544108
says the Epson 1080UB has... 4500:1 native Contrast Ratio (50,000:1 with DI), spec'ed conservatively at 1600 lumens, an update on Gizmodo where Epson confirms the $2700 MSRP.
Here is the Epson 1080UB press release: http://epson.mediaroom.com/index.php...eases&item=146
"DENVER, Sept. 7. The Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080 UB will be available in December through authorized CEDIA dealers; pricing will be announced at that time... Three-year limited warranty."
I wonder what the difference is between Epson's "PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080 UB" and "PowerLite Home Cinema 1080"... In what regions do they call them "Dreamio".
I spoke with some of the Espon executives. They're not ready to give public MSRP yet (not officially) on the 1080 UB. Only "under $4K." They do not expect any problems keeping up the supply for the chips.
There are *NOT* two sets of specs for the D7 chips, nor two sets of chips. The Epson folks told me the 1080UB (with D7 chip set) can do 4,500:1 native contrast conservatively and yes, up to 50,000:1 with dynamic iris.
When the *final* specs are in on the PLV-Z2000 and PT-AE2000U I think we'll be seeing similar specs for native contrast ratio (same ballpark), although this will depend on the lamps used, lens characteristics and video processing.
Press releases are frequently based on best guess advance estimates and can be wrong. The PT-AE2000U for example has a dynamic contrast of 10,000:1 listed on the press sheet, and 16,000:1 on the plaquard that accompanied the projector on display at the CEDIA Expo.
Don't make up your mind based on advance specs only. Let's see what the production units can really do first.
BTW, I couldn't find Optoma out on the show floor and didn't see them listed as an exhibitor.
Now back to writing up the rest of the show coverage...