Sports and General HDTV Viewing with the HT4050 Projector
My first day watching sports on the HT4050 was a Sunday, which for me is a lot of football, typically with a friend or two over. Not only do we watch typical football (American) filling the screen, but I also get GameMix which in the first round of games for the day means 8 games on a single screen. With 124" diagonal to work with that's more than 30 inches diagonal per game. At that size, each game is watchable.
I spent the whole day with the the HT4050 starting with 8 games at once. The sharpness of the projector was very good, no issue at all. For some of the day I had CFI on - smooth motion. No issue there, although I have more comments on Performance page 2. I had my window shutters partially open for the day time games, and rear lights on for Sunday Night Football. There was never a shortage of brightness, although, of course the more lumens, the more I can open the shutters. In a proper theater therefore, sports viewing with some ambient lighting is not a challenge. In a more of a living, family room, where conditions aren't as good, with the right screen the HT4050 will look great, with a good screen the picture might wash out a bit more, but let's face it, 1800 lumens is a healthy amount. But, it's not enough for large screens in those rooms without the right screen, or in rooms with ridiculous amounts of ambient light (check out our video of the G6550 and SI Slate screen in our bright, sun-drenched living room).
I really like the Vivid mode, colors did not get to the point of being really over the top, so football fields, uniforms and skin tones all looked really good despite some ambient light impacting. Since I have been running the HT4050 in a home theater, for the rest of my HDTV viewing, I ran the less bright "best" mode, which is based on the REC 709 mode. For HDTV and sports you've got two really good modes to choose from, one with extra pop and brightness to deal with more than a little ambient light, and the other ideal for low light to fully darkened environments.