What are the end results with the Panny on your Sonyo?>>
Un-friggin believable. I have the PLV-60, Panny RP-91 and Stewart Grayhawk 92" Communicator.
<<Any of that "graininess" or "screen door" from the proper seating distance or do you get a smooth-detailed film-like image?>>
The better the transfer, the more impressive the image. If the dvd is a sub-par transfer, or from a grainy source, expect a magnified grainfest if you're used to a smaller direct view monitor/tv. Like all quality equipment, the PLV-60 brings out the best and worst of the sources fed to it. I don't see the screen door at 10 feet unless I squint so hard I see the screen door of the house next door and the vitreous liquid in my eyeballs starts jetting out of my tearducts http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/wink.gif
<<When all is said and done...and the lights are out and you watch a movie with space-shots like 2001 or lots of night-scenes like Dark City...do you feel satisfied with the blacks or do they still leave something to be desired?>>
First, let me say, I was (and still am) one of those contrast/deep black fanatic, and no, you will *not* get CRT blacks. However, that being said, the PLV-60 has excellent contrast for an LCD projector. Also, most importantly, I always was reading about "contrast" on these forums as if it = black level. I learned real quick that while you're black level may not be "black," the contrast - that is the differential between the lightest and darkest parts of the image - *is* the important thing and what determines if the image appears "washed out." I felt the Sony 10HT had a "washed out" image, and after seeing the Sanyo (after I bought it), I was sold (I actually did have a 2 week no Q return policy just in case).
The first thing you notice when you mute the picture on the PLV-60 to get a "black" image is that - surprise - it's not "black." However, when you click the "no show" button again, the brightness of the video *slams* you in the face. I checked out Crouching Tiger, 2001, CE3K - all showed great detail in the shadows, and to my eyes, a very satisfying image. Also, next time you go to the local megaplex (no flames please, I know they're terrible and why we're here), look at the "black" level. You'll be surprised that contemporary film projection also doesn't have CRT blacks.
<<have you seen HD on your projector?>>
Unfortunately, no. I'll probably burn thru most of my lamp hours re-watching and re-discovering my dvd collection.
<<(also, did you see a properly calibrated 10HT before you got your Sanyo or did you just get it based on reviews?)
Yes, I did see a properly calibrated 10HT last Fall and was about to buy it, but had to postpone due to a move. I *never* saw the PLV-60 until it arrived on my doorstep, believe it or not. I read Jeff McNeal's review at thebigpicturedvd.com, read other folks thoughts on it (positive and negative) and made the jump.
Sometimes you wind up chasing your tail, never make a decision, and perhaps a life change or other circumstance may postpone your jump indefinitely.
Isn't it that way with most everything worth doing?