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I currently have the Panasonic 300U, and I'm really bothered by the black levels/shadow detail. The 500U apparently increases the CR from 700:1 on the 300 to 1300:1, almost doubling it. Now, assuming-- regardless of the actual numbers (which are always less than factory specs)- that contrast is indeed nearly doubled--will this make a noticeable difference on screen? Or would I need to go to 2000:1 to really see an improvement?
 

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It would definitely make a difference, assuming your ligth control is sufficient that black level is determined by the pj and not ambient light.


If the specs are anywhere close, the 500 will have CR about the same as the HD1 DLP's, about 800:1 actual.
 

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CR figures on PJs are highly suspect. That aside, the general rule is: the higher the CR the better. Pure blacks are the eminent domain of the CRT world. Once other technologies catch up we will all say farewell to an old friend.
 
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