Originally Posted by R Harkness
It's really disheartening reading about the frustration of Sony owners here - that it comes to this for what has been such a highly lauded, class-leading projector.
The thing is, it seems pretty recent to me. I've been reading very happy satisfied reports of the Sony flagship owners for years.
Given this contrast-loss problem would have been occurring for many years now, why are we suddenly hearing dissatisfaction only now? Or have I missed that this has been an issue for much longer?
I can only give you my perspective on this issue. I tend to agree with the frog analogy, but disagree that the water is boiling now that I've calmed down. I was very skeptical at first concerning statements recently made. I realized that the majority of the dialogue was coming from folks that either sold their projectors or didn't even have one. I'm not saying that's a problem one way or another, just an interesting observation for whatever that's worth. With not much input from others, especially with actual measurements, I figured that the only way to know for sure was to get off my butt, replace my lamp (close to 1900 hours), and take a measurement.
I initially stated before measuring that my VPL-VW1100ES still produces a great picture and asked what should I replace it with. I don't think I'm in the minority here that still thinks this way. I'd still like to know what PJ is out there that's native 4K at under $15K. Time will tell if the new JVCs are better, but they're not native 4K either.
I'd love for the blacks to be better, but either 3,700:1 isn't that bad or more likely with DI enabled in my bat-cave, it's not a show-stopper under real life observation of content or cause to sell my projector at this time. I reserve the right to change my mind, but would need to know that there's something better out there to take it's place. The unit I have has no issues with uniformity or anything else. If I didn't take a measurement, I'd probably not even know that the CR dropped. As I said, ignorance is bliss in this case.
Part of my displeasure with Sony is also due to how the upgrade kit was handled. I strongly voiced my feelings concerning the bundling of the Mother-board with stuff I didn't want or need. Right after what amounted to a forced upgrade to maintain any hope of watching UHD BDs, Sony releases a better version of the puck. Then we find out that the MB upgrade doesn't provide HDR support, and the final kick in the pants was the expiration of the vouchers that were provided! These were supposed to be without an expire date. As such, I still have a big problem with how Sony does business and treats it's customers.
In the interest of full disclosure, I suspect that I didn't pay what most did for their new 1100ES. I got a new, unopened unit as part of deeply discounted sale. As such, my depreciation is a lot less which makes this issue more palatable. Given that I still have time left on my warranty, I will contact Sony directly concerning this issue to see what they have to say. I think that will go a long way toward determining my feelings on this issue and Sony as a whole.