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I was visiting local home theater/stereo stores here in San Francisco and to my surprise found that SF Stereo on Market St has both the Dwin Transvision and Madrigal D-ILA in demo rooms. Both are hooked up to some nice high end B&W Nautilus and Dynaudio speaker systems and Proceed DVD players. Unfortunately, the D-ILA is playing on a Stewart screen that is having a lot of problems with 'sparklies', but the manager was hoping to get a Greyhawk installed shortly.

Given that the Madrigal is supposed to be a tweaked G-15 (according to the guy in the store, Madrigal gets the top 15% from the production line which probably equates to no bad pixels), I found Dean McManis' calibrated G15 much more satisfying to watch. Undoubtedly the screen makes a difference, but since the price is almost 3x that of the G15 without calibration, I know for sure that there is not 3x the performance out of the box. It seems pretty obvious that Madrigal is to D-ILA what Runco is to DLP. From what I could see the only difference between this and a G15 is the colour of the two-tone plastic cover.

On a positive note its good to know these units are now becoming much easier to audition and to make purchasing decisions on 1st hand experience.
 
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