Originally Posted by Mfusick
Excellent review. He really seemed to love the unit. I wonder if other reviewers will also find it just as favorable.
Here are a few interesting points that jumped out at me, or that was not covered but wondered:
- "The black levels are indeed very solid, as good as it gets on a projector, but black levels are already quite good on most premium home theater projectors." That's a bold statement to say its as good as it gets on a projector. Is that implying its as good as what the latest JVCs offer? That would seem to be a nearly impossible accomplishment considering no one has even really come close to the JVC native contrast. So either it is indeed incredible or perhaps some excitement is carrying through.
- Regarding pseudo-4K / eshift it says: "Having seen the LS10000 side by side with the JVC DLA-X700R I can attest that the image results are not the same. So it would be a mistake to think of them as equivalent implementations of a common technology." Interesting he says they are not equivalent, but stops short of saying which is better. I can't tell if he is implying one is better than the other and if so, which.
- I found it very interesting to note that at 2x viewing distance he found 4k to look better than 1080p. In my set up I am at 2x screen width (92" wide screen). For years most folks have been telling me that I would not really benefit if even at all from JVC e-shift because of my viewing distance and it not really looking any different. So the fact that the review states that with the setting jacked up the pseudo 4K looked great from 2x and noticeably improved over the 1080p mode, that is quite interesting.
- I don't usually follow their reviews, but from what I remember they do not usually publish on/off CR or ANSI CR measurements - is that right? Too bad as those will be critical to know. I certainly won't be buying a unit until a trusted source is able to get such measurements.
- The talk about the color uniformity issue when not using the lens at mid throw is a little concerning, even if the iris can be used to compensate.
- No mention of how the sharpness is compared to other units. "Sharp as a tack" is used which is promising, but again more hyperbole. Come to think of it, there is no subjective information about how this stacks up directly with the JVC, which I think would be its great competition, especially since its been said JVC is not improving with a new model this year. Ron mentioned Art's review will cover such comparisons if I recall correctly, so I'll really look forward to that.
- I like that it has the manual iris with good flexibility. Those with smaller screens would likely want to use the iris to achieve an even greater black level since they'd have a good amount of lumens to spare.
- Noticeably absent is any discussion about an auto iris - either the way Sony does it or by dimming the laser. It will be a disappointment if it does not have an auto iris or laser dimming. And such a feature is significant enough that it may be a fair assumption that no mention of it in the review means it's not present. That said, for me it would not be a deal breaker assuming the native CR is high enough - then it would not be mandatory (like I believe it would be on the Sony VW300ES). At any rate, it would sure be great if at a minimum the laser turned off or dimmed on fade to black.
Overall, sounds very promising and I look forward to learning more about the Epson over the coming days.