Originally Posted by Birddoggin
To be clear, this light canon of a projector, when used for watching movies especially at night, will deliver less-than-ideal contrast and black levels?
This pj sounds interesting, especially since we host weekly football parties during NFL season. We have to sit in almost darkness for my Epson 8345 to look decent, so that makes the TK800M sound VERY appealing.
BUT, even more important than hosting football parties, I want a pj with outstanding contrast and black levels for nighttime movie watching in a dark room.
It sounds like the 800M would be too much of a compromise for nighttime movie watching. Is that accurate?
I'm leaning toward the Sony 45es for the black levels, knowing that I'd be sacrificing daytime viewing flexibility, especially the football parties, as well as limiting myself to 1080p for another few years.
That's the problem. They're all a compromise and it's impossible to say what's an acceptable compromise to another person.
I have a TK800 which to all intents and purposes is the same as the TK800M. When I watch sports with friends with lights on, or when I play games from the Xbox etc, I think it's amazing.
When I turn the lights off, I wish the blacks were better and I wish there was more shadow detail, but it's not a light controlled room and all DLPs are compromised in this respect.
So, it really does depend on your environment and what your genuine usage is likely to be. I don't know how the Epson compares to any of these projectors so I can't help there.
It sounds like your priority is contrast and black levels, in which case you should probably get the HT3550.
However, if you're not really interested in 4k, then by all accounts the Sony 45es is an outstanding projector in every way, so you'd probably me more than happy with that, especially for dark room viewing.