Dynamic Features – All of these projectors offer several. Some relate to the appearance of detail and sharpness, some to smoothness of motion, some to obtaining great black levels, etc. We will focus on those we consider most important.
Cost of Operation and Ownership – This area covers everything from initial purchase cost, what extras come with it that you have to pay extra for with some of these other projectors, the warranty – and support programs, the life and cost of lamps.
* From the chart above: Sony does not provide a contrast ratio. Can't blame them, as without a dynamic iris or lamp dimming it would be a depressing number compared to the other projectors, probably well below 10,000:1 We would like to point out that the off/on contrast measured with projectors with irises, etc., can be misleading. Instead we recommend putting more weight into our "subjective" opinions of how well each projector handles black level performance, especially on very dark scenes where the effect on picture quality is always the greatest.
**Editor's note: We were advised, mid-July, that the price of the Epson 5030UB las been officially lowered to $2499, from $2599. Factor that in to your calculations. As usual, we simply just don't have the resources to go through all mentions on many pages to update.