Far less eh? Don't do Vegas with those odds working for you, Noah. The Sony Screen or ANY
other screen will not deliver any more CR than the PJ can pump out, so your statement would have to leave you coming up short by "far" more than you would want to be stuck with.
Much the same was said about the ChromaView. It was all hype.... .
Even with the use of the HS-51, a PJ designed specifically for the CV, it was pretty much so horrible at what it presented, they couldn't sell 'em cheap enough to move 'em.
You'd expect Sony to have done better. But what did they do? Try to load the scales by making a small screen that needed Uber Lumens to offset their screen's tendency to crush whites and colors to oblivion.
Is the new version any better at doing the job? One would hope so, but I cannot say, and neither can you or anybody else at present. But that does not keep Sony from hyping the thing pre-distribution just as overtly as they did the ChromaView.
Visual examples however do abound on this Forum of the potential of the newest Muti-hued Screen paint formulas. And the "Real Life" testing is being done by many different individuals using many different PJs (...none "Optimized" BTW...) under many various viewing conditions. And those results? They DO compare with the "ADVERTISED" results seen with other Black Screens,(...and those Photo Ads are always suspect..
.) When one considers the lower lumen, lower CR PJs that can be used with them, and the drastically reduced cost of owning one, they do seem to effectively trounce the competition.
Yes....there are some who want to dismiss the whole thing as Snake Oil, but it's quite telling that everyone of those are people who have not, or will not even try it out for themselves, but prefer instead to trash the whole idea out of hand. That's a real shame....really.
Those applications were developed without Corporate assistance and with nothing more in mind than achieving outstanding and affordable performance in Ambient Light where once there was none to be had. And it came to be via AVS Forum members own efforts. It's something AVS'ers can look to with some degree of pride. It seems strange that you or any other AVS'er would find it necessary to belittle it without giving it as fair a shake as you would something from a major Mfg.
Why not try being more objective and less dismissive until you yourself have the knowledge to make such definitive statements? I for one do have experience comparing the two, so yes, I make statements to that effect, and some that unfortunately other people such as yourself react adversely to. But it seems that reaction stems from the belief that your fellow AVS'ers could not possible create anything comparable to a major MFg's efforts. Or perhaps that the potential is being overstated to mislead others, something that if it occurs in a Forum such as this, such blatant untruths would swiftly be found out.
Why this happens is very strange. In the course of your 12,000+ posts you've seen others create a great many "better" things on many of the different Forums. The exchange of ideas and info on these Forums lead many to want something better than they have been offered, so if there is a need, and it's being filled by AVS members for the benefit of other members, why not at least support the idea that such just might be able to happen, instead of just feeling obligated to dismiss the possibility out of hand?
If the Sony is up to snuff, it'll get it's due in due time. Meanwhile, theres other options available that are doing virtually the same thing.....for so much less it's crazy.
Go on....get a little crazy. You might find it refreshing.
But at least keep your mind open to the potential.