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Hi :)


I've already bought a screen for my upcoming projector, cause I got a good deal. The screen I bought was a 92" HDTV Da-Lite Da-Snap (w/Pro Trim) HCCV (High Contrast Cinema Vision) screen. I originally intended to buy the Panasonic PT-AE300, since it's supposed to project a great image with this screen. But recently I've gotten a interest in PT-AE500 too and was wondering if the AE500 matches the screen just as well as the AE300 supposedly do?


Oh, and btw, I wasn't sure if I should post this in this forum or in the screen forum. So sorry if I posted it in the wrong place. ;)
 

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It's a valid question for here. I had the HCMW, which I think is the pulldown version of the HCCV. I'm not sure if there is any gain difference between them or not. I thought the image on the HCMW was a little grainy on my AE500, and switched to the Hi Power. I like it better. I never did get to try it with my L300U, so I can't give you an accurate comparison. There are plenty of people who love it though, so I would not be overly concerned.


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madpoet --

Your comments are interesting to me since I have the L300U (AE300). I'm looking to replace my very old Draper Luma screen.


pulse83 --

Projector Central recommends the HCCV for the L300U. Since the AE500 has the same light output (with higher contrast and resolution), the HCCV should be good for either PJ. Which PJ you get depends on your budget. The PT-L300U is, currently, $500 to $1000 less than the PT-AE500 (depends on what deal you can get on the AE500). With the 92" diag. screen, you can sit 10' away and get a nice large, beautiful, picture.


For the extra money, you get native 720p capability and a higher contrast (white to black) ratio. The L300U is closer to progressive scan DVD output and less scaling artifacts (which may or may not be visable). The AE500 has newer design LCD panels. You can get a "no dead pixel" guarantee (some stores) with the L300U, which may or may not be available with the AE500 (no one on this board has verified this yet).


Putting it another way, the AE500 will cost as much as the L300U and 30 to 50 DVDs or 20 DVDs and a super quality DVD player. On the flip side, the AE500 is one of only 2 or 3 PJs that will give you the best bang for the buck for at least another year or two (until the native 1080p panels become available in 1 to 4 years -- see other threads).


"You pays your money and you takes your choice".


Make a choice and ENJOY :D !


- Claus
 

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Originally posted by madpoet
It's a valid question for here. I had the HCMW, which I think is the pulldown version of the HCCV. I'm not sure if there is any gain difference between them or not. I thought the image on the HCMW was a little grainy on my AE500, and switched to the Hi Power. I like it better. I never did get to try it with my L300U, so I can't give you an accurate comparison. There are plenty of people who love it though, so I would not be overly concerned. -MP
I just received my Da-lite samples tonight. Actually, the High Contrast Matte White (HCMW) and High Contrast Cinema Vision (HCCV) are two different materials. Their gains are the same.


The HCMW is slightly lighter grey and has a slightly textured vinyl surface with a little bit of gloss. The HCCV is slightly darker and is kind of silvery (more similar to the Firehawk in appearance). It is also smoother textured with a pearlescence coating.


From what I've read, the HCCV creates better blacks and has better ambient light rejection while the HCMW has less deviation from the matte white screen. (Slightly truer colors and whiter whites). My samples support this.


FYI:

Both have a 1.1 gain and a 45-degree viewing cone.


Pulse83:

High contrast screens are recommended for just about any LCD PJ with over 300-400 lumens (both the L300U and L500U qualify). Additionally, those screens are recommended for even higher contrast DLP units. You shouldn't have an issue either way.


gp
 

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Thanks for answering my question(s). :)


CT_Wiebe, over here (I'm from Denmark) the difference between the two models, price-wise, is only about $170 if I import it from Germany (which I will). So I should go for the AE500 then, right? ;)
 

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pulse83,


That's what I would do, if I had your choices. At $170 difference the AE500 is definitely the better buy, because it has the newer design panels.


Enjoy!!!


-Claus
 
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