Originally Posted by Bluered Leaves
Yes - I wonder about the lack of contrast and blacks they speak about - when you look at reviews on bestbuy.com, a lot of people complain about the black levels being very grey with the 3200, while the 3800 reviews don't have any complaints and people think the black levels are very good and the contrast good as well - I wonder if the stated difference Epson claims of 40,000:1 vs 100,000:1 is actually more true than it usually is in "sister" projectors. Further projector central seems to think the 3800 gets great blacks and contrast since they said: "Color accuracy, contrast, shadow detail, black level, and sense of three-dimensionality were all excellent" I'd love to see a direct comparison...
I think this is the pertinent part of that discussion from Art’s review:
“The native contrast of the Home Cinema 3200 was just average. This is because the black level of the projector was just okay. The unit does have an Auto Iris feature to boost the units Dynamic Contrast but even when it is engaged the claim Dynamic Contrast was just 40,000:1.
In a dark environment the ability to produce more contrast offers a massive benefit. However, in a room with higher ambient light, since our eyes are less sensitive to blacks, the contrast benefit is greatly reduced.
In a bright room, higher brightness provides a higher perceived level of contrast. The Home Cinema 3200 rated brightness of 2900 lumens will make both SDR/HDR images pop in a family or game room.”
That last part is the important part and it’s why you’re reading that many people are happy with the contrast of this model even if Art says it’s average or OK: in a less than ideal room it’s lumen output, not contrast/black levels, that are important. While I would argue that this is true of ANY display, projectors in particular are very reliant on the room itself when it comes to the quality of image you can achieve. To get the best possible image you don’t just need an expensive projector, you also need a well treated room. Ever notice how some of the most expensive projectors aimed at home theater also have the lowest lumen rating?
Art’s room, btw, is treated. He has dark walls, floors and ceiling and he has black out curtains over all the Windows. His is a room that can benefit from a higher contrast projector so he’s going to be more critical about this aspect of image quality. Still, he really likes the Epson!