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I am looking for a nice single chip DLP projector that uses the 0.95" DC3 chip. Besides the Planar PD8150, Sharp XV-Z20000, Runco LS-5, and the Benq W20000, what other units use this chip?
 

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I have owned the following .95" DLP DMD projectors:


.95" DC2:

Runco LS-1

BenQ W5000

Samsung SP-A800B


.95" DC3

Marantz VP-11S1

Marantz VP-15S1

Planar PD8150

Sim2 D80

Sharp XV-Z20000

InFocus IN82


DC4:

InFocus IN83

NuVision ProVu P2


If you're okay with the occasional clipped whites that a DI can cause the Planar PD8150 (Runco LS-5) is the best all around performer. If you're looking for something that has great contrast with a manual iris, from what I've seen, the Sharp 20k is by far the best. Out of all the projectors mentioned I like the Planar the best, the NuVision P2 second best, the Sharp 20k next, Marantz VP15S1 next, and then the Runco LS-1. All of those look and perform amazingly. Each one has a specific strength that you may like more than I do. If you want to know more about a specific one listed please let me know and I can go a bit more into detail.
 

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Others that also might be worth looking for:


0.95" DC3

Sim2 HT380


DC4

Sim2 HT3000

Samsung A900B


The current DIgital Projection M-vision Cine range use 0.95" chips as well.
 

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Anyone know the difference between the 0.95" consumer chips vs the 0.98" cinema chips? Is the only difference the resolution or are they completely different chips following different technology paths?
 

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Originally Posted by rabident  /t/1472348/0-95-darkchip-3/0_50#post_23321576


Anyone know the difference between the 0.95" consumer chips vs the 0.98" cinema chips? Is the only difference the resolution or are they completely different chips following different technology paths?

I thought the 2K cinema DLP DMDs were 1.2"?
 

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There are 3 versions of 2k cinema chips:


0.69"

0.98"

1.2"
 

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Originally Posted by Seegs108  /t/1472348/0-95-darkchip-3#post_23304923


I have owned the following .95" DLP DMD projectors:


.95" DC2:

Runco LS-1

BenQ W5000

Samsung SP-A800B


.95" DC3

Marantz VP-11S1

Marantz VP-15S1

Planar PD8150

Sim2 D80

Sharp XV-Z20000

InFocus IN82


DC4:

InFocus IN83

NuVision ProVu P2


If you're okay with the occasional clipped whites that a DI can cause the Planar PD8150 (Runco LS-5) is the best all around performer. If you're looking for something that has great contrast with a manual iris, from what I've seen, the Sharp 20k is by far the best. Out of all the projectors mentioned I like the Planar the best, the NuVision P2 second best, the Sharp 20k next, Marantz VP15S1 next, and then the Runco LS-1. All of those look and perform amazingly. Each one has a specific strength that you may like more than I do. If you want to know more about a specific one listed please let me know and I can go a bit more into detail.
impressive list!


I'm toying with putting up a wanted add in the classifieds for a used .95 DMD PJ to ride out the 4k storm and I'm sure any if these would please me but bulb replacement concerns me (I'm a CRT guy currently...5 plus yrs and no bulb issues on my current whip)


Do these all take the same bulbs? I have seen someone post that replacements for the ls5 can be had for 150...and another poster said the dpi's replacement is $600… ouch! Especially when the rated life is 2000 hrs and many swap then long before they get that far
 

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Each projector is different so each will need it's own specific bulb. I have an Knoll Systems HDP460, which is a rebranded Infocus IN83, for sale. This projector has the .95" DarkChip 4 in it. It will offer the best native contrast one can get for under $30000 in a DLP projector. It's very bright too so you'll most likely end up closing down the manual iris to tame some of the brightness. This will increase the perceived contrast quite a bit more. PM me if you're interested.
 

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Originally Posted by armstrr  /t/1472348/0-95-darkchip-3#post_23960096


That's an impre

impressive list!


I'm toying with putting up a wanted add in the classifieds for a used .95 DMD PJ to ride out the 4k storm and I'm sure any if these would please me but bulb replacement concerns me (I'm a CRT guy currently...5 plus yrs and no bulb issues on my current whip)


Do these all take the same bulbs? I have seen someone post that replacements for the ls5 can be had for 150...and another poster said the dpi's replacement is $600… ouch! Especially when the rated life is 2000 hrs and many swap then long before they get that far

We were also looking for a DLP to get us to the affordable 4K era.

We went with the Sharp Z30K. If bulb cost is a concern, replacements are available for $130 or less. Also, the Z30K comes with a 3 year warranty. That should just about coincide with 4K in the $4k price range...
 

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I am looking for a DLP 0'95 DMD and i have the opprtunity to buy one of these models:


BENQ W5000

SIM2 DOMINO D80


I am going to project on a 120 inches white screen with no gain, and the walls and roof near screen are masked in black.


My principal doubt is about the luminosity of DOMINO D80, i read it has 900 lumens and i am afraid that its image can be floppy. Other worry about D80 is that in its specifications does not figure 1080P 24fps as a supported resolution.


About Benq W5000 i have not many worries, i found a lot of info in this and others webs.


Thanks.
 

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Ander77 - the D80 definitely supports 1080p 24fps. The other thing to consider is if this is a D80 or D80E - the D80E uses Unishape to help the contrast and makes the projector slightly brighter (at least that is what people were saying in 2008). I would expect the lens and colour reproduction to be better on the D80 compared to a Benq W5000

As far as brightness goes its hard to say how they compare without some measurements but I doubt they would be very different.
 

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Originally Posted by danieledmunds  /t/1472348/0-95-darkchip-3/0_50#post_24090026


Ander77 - the D80 definitely supports 1080p 24fps. The other thing to consider is if this is a D80 or D80E - the D80E uses Unishape to help the contrast and makes the projector slightly brighter (at least that is what people were saying in 2008). I would expect the lens and colour reproduction to be better on the D80 compared to a Benq W5000

As far as brightness goes its hard to say how they compare without some measurements but I doubt they would be very different.

You'd think that because it's a Sim2 projector, but I was never really all that impressed with image sharpness on the D80. I'd say it looks similar to the InFocus IN83. The BenQ W5000 has the sharper looking image, but it has far less contrast available to it compared to the D80. The D80 doesn't have 24p support in it's EDID but you can force it and it will frame double and output at 48hz.
 

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OK, interesting, didn't know about the 24p support, at least when I saw Sim2 demos where they played a Blu Ray it looked smoother than other projectors that didn't support 1080p24. Of course, that was quite a while ago... I never got a chance to see them side by side, obviously less difference than I thought. Was the colour noticeably better on the Sim2 or was the difference fairly minor as well?
 

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Originally Posted by Seegs108  /t/1472348/0-95-darkchip-3#post_24090149


You'd think that because it's a Sim2 projector, but I was never really all that impressed with image sharpness on the D80. I'd say it looks similar to the InFocus IN83. The BenQ W5000 has the sharper looking image, but it has far less contrast available to it compared to the D80. The D80 doesn't have 24p support in it's EDID but you can force it and it will frame double and output at 48hz.
That's a surprise for me, i thought Benq had higher contrast than Sim2. Anyway, probably what else is worrying me is the luminosity of both, ¿any idea about it?

Thanks.
 

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Originally Posted by ander77  /t/1472348/0-95-darkchip-3#post_24091748


That's a surprise for me, i thought Benq had higher contrast than Sim2. Anyway, probably what else is worrying me is the luminosity of both, ¿any idea about it?

Nope. Even with the DI engaged the BenQ has a far higher black level. It uses one of the cheaper DC2 chips and the SIM2 D80 uses graded DC3 chips. On top of the chip, the D80 has a VERY efficient light path which is why you get better contrast.
 

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Originally Posted by Seegs108  /t/1472348/0-95-darkchip-3#post_24091766


Nope. Even with the DI engaged the BenQ has a far higher black level. It uses one of the cheaper DC2 chips and the SIM2 D80 uses graded DC3 chips. On top of the chip, the D80 has a VERY efficient light path which is why you get better contrast.
Thanks!! You are doing this hard for me!! I was almost convinced in buying W5000, but what you told is making me hesitate.....


One thing surprise me about SIM is the throw, it is very short if compares to other DLP 0'95 DMD, and it is a good new thinking in futures home changes...



I have had several projectors, but i have so much curiosity to test one DLP 0'95 DMD, Do you think is a good option Domino D80? (I came from an Infocus SP8602)


Regards

Edit: I read again your last answer, it is contradictory (maybe my poor english...) you say that even without DI Benq black levels are better?? But after you say that Benq DC2 is a cheap one??
 

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Coming from that InFocus model you'll notice higher native contrast and a sharper looking image. Personally, I would pass on the D80, but definitely see if I could get a D80E, which uses UniShape lamp technology which gives a brighter image with more contrast. Almost every .95" DMD DLP projector out there will have a more refined look to it compared to the InFocus you have now. Most of that refinement is through the use of higher quality optics, higher quality processing, and the larger DMD.


Here's my short list of favorite DLP projectors that I've owned


Planar PD8150

InFocus IN83

Marantz VP-15S1

NuVision ProVu P2


If you're interested I do have a rebranded Infocus IN83 for sale. Check the link in my signature for more info. It throws a gorgeous image.
 
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