Originally Posted by Alan Gouger
The Christie you speak of is not a product you can purchase today. If it ever becomes available then your comment can be considered valid. By time that happens it may have competition. As of "Today" Barco has the only high contrast offering from the three cinema manufactures. The Thor's ANSI exceeds what human vision can detect, Lcos at 10 times the on/off will always look flat in comparison.
But said Christie projector is most certainly valid with respect to the whole argument... firstly, its very existence is the answer to the pertinent question: "With video projection is concomitant high brightness and high contrast with deep black floor possible?"
Furthermore, it is most certainly relevant given that it is the reference standard, even if as you say it "is not a product you can purchase today"
and because it is the reference standard everything else that IS
available for purchase today comparatively involves compromise in at least one respect regarding video performance... Consequently, you can't really refer to the Barco Thor as being "the best projector money could buy at that time."
because as of right now that is subjective and down to personal preference... Where I am sure that some people will prefer the deeper blacks offered by other projectors and consider those to be "the best projector money could buy at that time."
Like I said, until we have projectors that do not have these compromises what is or is not "the best projector money could buy at that time."
is and will continue to be subjective and hence a matter of opinion and down to personal preference
Where specifically with respect to the Barco 6P said compromise (which is its ONLY compromise as it's astonishing in every other respect
) is clearly with respect to its comparatively low ON/OFF CR and black floor, where I know I am by no means the only person to have this opinion... Take this fine gentleman for example, whose opinion I happen to share (even though matters have now somewhat improved):
Originally Posted by Ericglo
If they can't significantly increase the pathetic on/off cr that they demoed at Cedia, then I can't imagine any serious videophile purchasing one.
Which is in fact already somewhat already proven by the low sales statistics with respect to the Barco Thor into the HT marketplace... Ask Peter (Cineramax) how many Barco Thors he's been able to successfully sell... Last time I checked it's a round number and not in a good way
But as it happens I absolutely agree with all of your other four out of five statements you have made here, but I must disagree that the Christie projector is not valid to the argument
That said, please note that I am NOT saying that the Barco Thor is not an amazing projector. It really is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !
But me personally, being the world's most fussy person when it comes to both contrast and black floor, the Barco Thor's comparatively low CR and black floor, and in fact in its own right, quite simply has not yet improved to the extent that I am willing to pay its high price tag... And I don't think I am the only person with this opinion, given the sales figures
That said, every single other aspect is nothing short of excellent and Barco do not have much further to improve its contrast and black floor before even the world's most fussy person with respect to CR and black floor (me) will be purchasing one IF or WHEN Barco succeeds in doing so!
Specifically with respect to: "By time that happens it may have competition."
I could not agree more and I certainly hope so! IMO more competition is precisely what is much needed here and like you say the only product that ticks all the boxes as of right now is not actually available for purchase for consumer/domestic HT!