The purpose of my review is not to bash one projector vs. another, and so I don't like to post such comparisons publically. The simple fact is that the Sony and the Epson both have their pros and cons. Admittedly, I prefer the LCOS/SXRD/DILA technology units to LCD's. Most people are aware of that. It isn't that I don't appreciate what an LCD can do for the money, in fact the Epson is one of the best LCD's I have seen to date and I don't think anyone would be unhappy with it. For some, it may just be a better bet for them (for instance, bright corners aren't really an issue on LCD like they are on SXRD/DILA/LCOS). But on the topic on hand...Art's claim that the Epson has better black levels whereas I claim the Sony does...I supposed proof is in the pudding. So, read on...SETUP:
Canon Rebel XTi (10.1MP DSLR), Manually set to 100ISO, f/5.0, 30" shutter (in other words, the camera is doing what I tell it to, and thus it is doing the EXACT same thing for each picture below). The camera was mounted to a tripod and I have a remote shutter release so the camera is 100% still. I positioned the 2 projectors with the exact same screen size, both with max iris (thus max contrast and best black levels), at the same exact throw ratio. In other words, these are setup, for lack of a better word, identically. Oh, both fully calibrated to ISF standards (no preset modes, all manually done as they should be).Epson ProCinema1080UB @0IRE Full Screen Window:Sony VPL-VW40 @0IRE Full Screen Window:
The point of this post again, is not to say one is better than the other. In fact you can see the bright corners on the Sony which to some may be more objectionable than the higher black levels of the Epson. This is merely to backup what I was saying in my review...it has better ultimate black levels than any LCD I have seen to date.
I should also mention that again, this is a 30" shutter exposure. So both results are exaggerated as compared to being here in person (equally of course, so the relative results are consistent).NOTE:
Corrected image for Sony (I had taken many pictures to get the results, and it was pointed out to me that I inadvertently posted the 15 second Sony picture. I changed it.