|Originally posted by inky blacks|
Yea, but full on - full off contrast ratio does not mean much;...does it? If the contrast is not so good with a checkerboard pattern, then what good is it?
If this were true then you shouldn't care about a projector having more than about 400:1 on/off (since black squares in the ANSI test will look very black at 400:1 and even CRTs don't go this high). However, if you had a projector that was 400:1 ANSI and 400:1 on/off then the instantaneous CR would be 400:1 in the traditional ANSI CR test and in the 10:1 range for images that were part 0 IRE and part 20 IRE (which is close to 2% over 100 IRE with normal gamma). And how did you get that name if you don't really care about absolute black level?
Try going to the beach and then walking down a dark street. The difference between these is mostly going to be represented by on/off CR, not ANSI CR. ANSI is also important, but when it gets high enough the room is more important to this than the projector.
With lens-shift I could see quite a few people using this projector with a High Power screen. I think the biggest weakness by far with this projector is going to be the pixels (SDE) and people will just have to deal with it in similar ways to what they do now with the Sanyo Z2, Epson TW500, Hitachi TX100, etc.
After seeing them at CEDIA I decided I would personally take the HS51 over the AE700 in a heartbeat. I got on a preorder list for the HS51 yesterday and will likely keep it as my 2nd projector (if it doesn't have a VB problem) for a while.