Hi, we all know that the recent CES in January was largely about 3D, both for TV's and projectors, but that has disguised the fact that another change is occurring which has substantial implications, especially for projectors.
Firstly, everything I say here is only my opinion and that needs to be kept in mind.
As I am currently in the process of buying a JVC HD 550 and a 120" scope screen that has tended to concentrate my rather old and somewhat confused mind on what is the best equipment to purchase, both for now and the immediate future.
Being a real newbie as far as projectors go (computers are more my thing), I have been reading the different forums here and on other projector sites to try and work out what to get.
It seems to me that not only is 3D about to burst upon us but that a substantial increase in 2D resolution, and presumably picture quality, is also about to hit.
Now personally I am not that interested in 3D but an increase in projector resolution and picture quality is of real interest.
It seems to me that the drive by TV and projector manufactures to "upgrade" to 3D has also created an accompanying push to increase (especially) projector 2D resolution and 2D picture quality.
This change has been largely overlooked due to the very understandable focus on 3D.
Let me try and explain.
Recently we have read about the changes from HDMI 1.3 to 1.4 and how HDMI 1.4 supports resolutions of up to 4096 x 2160 and higher transfer speeds. Those v1.4 cables are now starting to become available to purchase.
Also, the displayport specification has just been upgraded from 1.1 to 1.2 and this will also allow higher resolutions and speeds but the cables etc will not be available till nearer the end of this year.
These changes are necesssary to allow 3D to work well but in addition they allow higher resolution 2D displays and projectors.
Add to this the Epson announcement on the 4k HTPS LCD display panel and TI's announcement on their 4k technology and the bits are starting to fall into place. (please excuse the rather poor pun.
In addition, there is this Arcsoft announcement:
"ArcSoft, Inc., ....... announced today that its well-known in-house upscaling technology, SimHD, now supports super resolution, turning Full-HD (1080p) videos into four times higher resolution."http://www.arcsoft.com/en-us/press_detail.asp?prID=429
SimHD is an plugin for their blu-ray / dvd player software, but hardware based upscaling products (1080p > 4k2k) are bound to follow, at least in my opinion.
If you follow the link you will see that AMD already have the ATI Eyefinity software which allows their currently available HD5800 graphics cards to enable resolutions of (7680 x 1600) or (5760 x 1200) or (5760 x 2400) across multiple displays, including multiple projectors.http://www.amd.com/us/products/techn...eyefinity.aspx
You will have to click on the "Related Videos" to see the multiple projectors in action and to hear the announcer mention the (5760x2400) resolution.
Now whilst these videos are all gaming related the same technology can be used in home theatre, using a HTPC or similar.
Nvidia is coming out with a similar product with their fermi based GTX480 and 470 cards due in March/April.
In addition, we have the announcement by Sony that they are going to increase the capacity of the blu-ray disc and that they are going to start releasing "old classics" in 3D on these new blu-ray discs.http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2010/02...ic_conversion/http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2010/01/07/blu_ray_33_4gb/
Now all these announcements point to the very strong likelihood that we are going to be able to watch 4k2k 2D material on new projectors that could/should be available within the next 18 months.
Yes, that will be upscaled material and I presume/hope that the projectors will be LED based but native 4k2k material will follow.
Those projectors will need to be reasonably priced because if they are not we, the punters, will not buy them in enough numbers to make the changes worthwhile.
Which is why the 3D projectors which have already been announced and are available are in the lower price range.
Now for the warnings in the title of this rather convoluted thread.
To take advantage of these changes we are obviously going to need to upgrade much of our equipment (projectors,tv's,amps, blu-ray players and cables) to the higher specifications.
Presumably the 3D enabled blu-ray players which all the manufacturers have announced will be HDMI 1.4, not HDMI 1.3.
If they are not they will have limitations which may well affect their ability to deliver "reasonable" and/or "best quality" 3D.
Also, because the 4K display panel used by Epson and certainly JVC in its current 4k projector is larger than a 1080p panel it may mean that anamorphic lenses may need to be enlarged to encompass the bigger light source.
I say "may" because this is speculation on my part, as are other matters concerning the future.
Anyway, it seems to me that there are considerably more possibilities awaiting us in the near term than we could have believed prior to January's CES and they could involve a substantial increase in 2D projector resolution and picture quality at a mainstream price.
Time will tell, as always.