Originally Posted by Mike Garrett
How do you know that about any complicated product, unless you measure or test. You would be shocked at how crappy many TV's measure and yet most don't know about the issues.
Well that is certainly true, but I guess I'm not really talking about the "average" consumer, even though I've used that term above. I mean, I'm not talking about my mom or my sister, because they are not going to buy a projector. I'm probably more talking about the "average" audio/video enthusiast or "average" person on audio/video forums. The people who are willing to invest in and set up a projector in any type of decent home theater are probably more technically capable and have a greater degree of knowledge than the average joe.
The point, though, is that the level of knowledge and skill to determine whether a projector is up to spec seems to me (and I suspect to Dennis, who made the point initially) to be much greater than that required for a regular audio/video enthusiast to determine if a TV is up to spec. To put it another way, I don't consider myself an "average" consumer. I think I have above average knowledge of audio and video and I can determine whether a TV looks right, and it is relatively easy for me to tweak basic settings to get the picture I want, check the grayscale, see that it doesn't have issues like macroblocking, etc. On the other hand, I see you and other guys on this forum as sort of "super heroes" of audio and video with something akin to X-ray vision -- aided, of course, by your instruments. In other words, the level of knowledge that you guys bring to the determination of whether a projector is good, or operating like it should, seems pretty extreme.
So perhaps we'll just have to agree to disagree with this clarification -- I think it is measurably (no pun intended) easier for an average enthusiast to determine if a TV is "good" then for that same person to determine if one of these projectors is "good." And it is easier for the enthusiast to get a decent picture out of a flat panel TV, especially with HDR, than it is for the same person with a projector. (I mean, nobody is loading "custom curves" into their OLED.)