Alan and Highjinx,
You keep on driving that point and in all conscience I cannot concurr, and am compelled to an unbiased candid retort (based on 12 month extended viewing sessions).
So here I go.
If you had spent a year watching every BD out there on a DCI machine, you would realize you are both WRONG!!!!!.
. It is not as bad as you make it sound. With a really great projector you are enjoying so much in image quality parameters that the noise you guys are focused on gets passed on by the eyes as either organic or minor, in other words it is not the super image deal breaker you portray it to be, at least on a post reference projector.
The larger the better. The visual benefits of increasing screen size on a Digital Cinema Projector greatly outweigh the negative perception of mpeg errors by a factor of 5 to 6 to 1. Never ever fear this I say....with the Barco's and the new Nec looked specially great too.
Alan I know you must have seen this theaters design documents, yet you keep on saying essentially that it wont work well in the front row. Are you a gambling man? Cause those seats in the front are
my money seats.
Now 4k which essentially frame quadruples 1080p may/will soften up detail in some/most content, that is where some detail enhancement/unsharp mask may be needed. The New NEC had the best 15 foot wide image at ShowEast as compared to the Christie. Barco was 65 feet so not fair to compare. But yes there were some ugly LOSSY DRAB 2k4 upscaled images from Harry potter. On the other hand Yogi Bear was proof positive that is perfectly fantastic to upscale properly mastered 2k content to 4k.
There will definitely be a need for Teranex type boxes on 4K Installs for 1080p sources.
And yes I have been seeing the benefits of DCI larger file sizes on the Barco's and it is great, hopefully we will have access to the DELUXE DCI Satellite Network at home soon, but that is just a very minor part of the sources, Satellite (with a good scaler and Blu-rays , the majority of the discs look fantastic at less than one screen width). Perhaps the real benefit of DCI at home is that more looks better.