Originally Posted by Waren
Wow that is a really impressive setup!
I agree there are challenges and compromises to be made viewing outdoors with some ambient light and so on. Personally, I think most of my audience will be focused on the novelty and experience more than the ultimate picture quality.
That said of course I am interested in hitting the sweet spot with respect to the few projector recommendation made through this thread.
The major differentiators as I understand them are brightness, contrast and colour.
CR Brightness. Colour
1060 15000 3100 10 bit
2150 60000 2500 10 bit
3100 60000 2600 10 bit
3700 70000 3000 10 bit
My question is that with some ambient light (dusk sunset) is the added maximum contrast ratio Readily perceived as effective contrast ratio? (Sunset today at my latitude is at 9:45 so I will typically be screening prior to sunset)
Also I am finding it difficult to differentiate the colour space of these projectors. I am fairly certain non are P3 ... and perhaps it comes back to diminishing returns with ambient light.
I believe P3-D65 for your list. To be honest, none of them have great CM systems but, the color is quite good out of the box for all of them and really very little to no difference in color between any on your list. I've not seen the HC3100.
Contrast is the big difference. The HC3700 wins hands down. But you paid for it in the original MSRP.
For the price difference in the HC3700 vs. HC3100 you most always will pick the HC3700 for its added brightness.
The HC2150 is a small step up over the HC1060 for contrast but you sacrifice lumens/brightness.
Then there is the physical size. The HC3700/3100 are about twice as big as the HC2150. The HC2150 is about 50% bigger than the HC1060.
None of them work worth a damn until 20-30 minuets after sunset.
So to your question "is the added maximum contrast ratio Readily perceived as effective contrast ratio?
"; no not until it's dark and then it's mitigated by starlight, moonlight, streetlights, etc.
Not so long ago, picture quality that the HC1060 produces was impossible at it's price point.
Originally Posted by Waren
Personally, I think most of my audience will be focused on the novelty and experience more than the ultimate picture quality. ...
You statement pretty much hits the nail on the head in practical use.
My indoor theater room cost 40-45X more than what we use outside. Outside in the backyard is more fun.
The HC1060 will not disappoint any group watching a movie in the backyard. As a matter of fact, I bet you'll have some come forward and complement you on how good it looked.
If you want more contrast, spend more money.
The HC3700 is a very nice piece of kit for the price as is the HC3800 that replaced it.
The HC1060 is a big ball of fun for not a lot of money.
Just as a reference, here's an HC1040 on a 14.5 foot blow-up screen. The HC1060 replaced the HC1040.