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Is AE500/Z2 Blacker than AE300?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by snocrash, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. snocrash

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    I can't seem to find any comparison's on this one.

    All I want to know, does the AE500 (and possibly the Z2) let out less light on a black picture than the AE300? (i.e., blacker blacks?)

    I know the contrast ratios are higher, but that doesn't always equate to less light output on black.
     
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    Yeah I'd like to know this also.

    I think from, what I've heard/been told the newer projectors are supposed to have slightly blacker blacks and slightly whiter whites.
    Nothing magical, but just nibbling at either end of the range.
     
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    The answer for the Z2 is definitely 'yes'.

    I changed from an AE300 to a Z2 and for a couple of days had both. One test I did was to turn both on and each projected to 1/2 of my Onyx 1.2 gain fixed-frame screen. The area imaged by the Z2 was noticeably less grey shall I say than the AE300 .. clearly neither even approach 'black' ;).

    I then alternated covering the lens of one while looking at the area illuminated by the other to make sure light spill wasn't playing a role .. again the Z2 was darker.

    This was in a 100% dark room with only wall reflections which did ahve an effect but minimal and also consistent with both machines.
     

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