I'm getting even more confused. This is the second time i've read the pany 900 isn't a great improvement on the 700 yet the i've read a review to saying its far superior to the benq 7700 which is meant to be much better DLP than the 4805 that the pany 700 used to be bench marked against. I can buy a 4805 B grade for £720 I'm starting to question weather some of these reviews are hyping the new D5 panel projectors to convince us to part uneccessily with the extra cash.
I posted a link to a graph a while back which showed the effects of ambient light on a projected image. Anything over 0.01ft lamberts rendered all displays equal in terms of black level, and only the brighter pjs (digitals) were capable of rendering a visible image and actually had more visible CR:
I haven't seen a mainstream UK magazine do a review that I find will make me take any real notice, and technical info other than advertsied figures is no where to be found. I tend to rely on US publications like Widescren Review for definitive information and of course my own eyes when given the opertunity.
I think even if a UK publication was given the offer of getting a reviewer who could measure projectors and give technical info as well as the usual info, they wouldn't be interested.
I think some of you are missing the point of the article. Basically it doesn't matter what PJ you have (LCD or DLP). Even a very small amount of light in your room will kill the contrast ratio of your PJ.