Originally Posted by OBSSSD
The blacks are great on this pj - Evan said they are the same as the HC5000 (in the 4900 review) which beat all the 1080p projectors a month ago.
Thanks - I read the reviews. Bearing in mind that Evan rarely complains about anything, I also read the second review (in the links in the first post - projectorreviews.
Quoting that review,
The HC4900 looks exactly like the HC5000, and shares virtually all of its features. There are differences, however. Most notably the image processing is different, and the HC4900 has a lower contrast ratio (7500:1 instead of 10,000:1). The most obvious result of this, is that the HC4900 cannot match the black level and shadow detail performance of its more expensive sibling.
Which is what prompted my question, to other AVS'rs who have the puppy in their hands. I'm sold/convinced, re the color fidelity, sharpness, and I can sure live without the onboard processing of the 5000. What I don't want to do is drop 1400 bucks and discover that the blacks are so crushed and/or washed out that I end up hating the projector. Local Mits dealer won't stock it - already asked. He has a 5000, has a 6000 on order, but has no intention or desire to stock or show the 4900. Since that could be due to two reasons (either so good as to hurt the sales of the high end models, or so bad that no one would want it) - that's why I'm soliciting opinions.
Thanks. - I've really done the homework, and read the printed (and sometimes paid for) reviews.