Originally Posted by ProjectorPPL1
Hi Jim Mcc. You're not being rude at all. In fact, you bring up a good point.
The goal of our shootouts is to allow customers to see the projectors at their default settings. This way, customers can compare apples to apples. We don't want to tweak one projector and give it an unfair advantage.
On any projector, the calibration settings offer a range of options. Maybe it would be a good idea to do another video that shows each projector under various settings.
I doubt Jim was suggesting to calibrate only one of the units. Please consider setting a new goal for the next shootout you publish in a home theater forum
. The only "apples" that have any chance of becoming common to movie fans is image fidelity
. In case you don't already know, both the movie and video industries work according to world wide standards
for picture quality. The most fundamental performance criterion that matters in the context of home theater projectors is- will they produce a correct
image that follows motion imaging industry standards?
It seems to me that in recent years the home theater industry has been increasingly losing ground in the category of basic education of consumers. Consumers come to forums like this one for a better understanding of how to get the most from their hobby and budget. It sounds too often like display vendors have begun losing sight of basic fundamentals. The Imaging Science Foundation started a movement in the consumer video market to educate consumers about what constitutes correct picture quality. I doubt readers of this forum want to know much about how distorted a picture an "out of the box" projector can produce. Most regular forum readers already know that manufacturer contrast and brightness claims are purposely deceptive. They also know that most settings options on video displays are destructive to good pictures.
How about offering the next shootout with calibrated projectors, so readers/shoppers can know which ones come closest to offering fundamental image fidelity. We are inundated in this industry and hobby by marketing hyperbole, deceptive claims, and performance options that deviate from correct picture quality. Can we get back to what delivers accurate images as a base line, and then add all the other stuff after that is established? In my experience, folks on this forum want to know how to get the most beautiful pictures from their video display budget. In the video arena, there is a very specific, standardized definition for picture quality. How close can your products come to delivering such quality?
Best regards and beautiful pictures,
G. Alan Brown, President
A Lion AV Consultants Affiliate
"Advancing the art and science of electronic imaging"