ProjectorCentral was on the scene at the CEDIA Expo 2023 trade show in Denver earlier this month and captured video of the most interesting and innovative projectors and screens debuting in Denver. Also check out our list of CEDIA Expo 2023 Best of Show Award winners.
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MIke Posted Sep 26, 2023 9:23 AM PST
Any news to report on the contrast front? Contrast has been going the wrong direction the past decade or so in the under $3000 category. Was hoping for some happy news there.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 26, 2023 9:30 AM PST
Interesting observation Mike. I would have to agree that in my last five years watching the industry as ProjectorCentral's EIC the "budget" segment of the home theater category has experienced a migration toward brighter and brighter images for use in higher ambient light and away from trying to extract deeper blacks. Although dynamic contrast schemes on laser/LED solid state projectors have improved somewhat, when you go brighter there is typically a sacrifice made in contrast, and if you're watching in a lit up room there is of course no point in even discussing black level.

There wasn't really anything to look at in this $3K-ish and under price range on the floor or in live demos in Denver, aside from some USTs demo'd and a few lifestyle projectors out on the floor. But the quality of projection in the dark-room theater demos was quite excellent including good contrast and blacks. We are talking about high end projectors from JVC and Barco for the most part. There were also some outstanding miniLED walls showing real movie content, which can typically get very dark, though I can't say from my brief observations how well they climb out of black and retain shadow detail in the near-black brightness levels.
Greg Wolfkiel Posted Sep 27, 2023 12:13 PM PST

Do any of the New UST projectors like the Hisense PX2 Pro have good enough contrast levels to compete with a good Long throw like Epsons LS12000/Sony/JVC models ?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 27, 2023 3:40 PM PST
No, those higher end long-throws are really in a different class and designed for a different application/environment. But in a dark room with an appropriate ALR UST screen, meaning a dark lenticular surface with negative gain that sacrifices some peak brightness in favor of deeper black, you can get very satisfying contrast out of the better USTs.

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