I set my second demo ES1000 up tonight. It goes to a lucky owner the end of next week. Took all of five minutes to set . I set it on ref, 2.2 gamma, d 65, iris at 23, contrast at 90, brightness at 51, bt709, RC at 20/20, low , aspect at normal. I watched the second half of the Kentocky, Miss St game.
What did I think?
It was a clear, bright window on the game. The imprvement is so much over any and all my other projectors, I can no longer watch them. Its that much better.
I am certainthat we will see cheaper 4K machines next year but its just not the increased display resolution at 3940 x 2160. That's only part of the magic. Its the lens, the lumens level, the uniformity accross the screen. A cheaper 4K machine just won't have the lens and the lumens out this beast has. There are many times in life you experience something that you want but can't afford. Certain houses by the great John Lautner, certain very expensive sports cars, lots of things.
But this beast while expensive is a luxory that people in the upper middle class can obtain. If you prsently have a projector say in the $6K or above class, you will be simply amazed by what this baby can do. Its just that much better. The improvement is not small. Its worth every penny that this thing is streeting for. RE RC. I switched it one and off just set at 20/20, the Sony default. The improvement wasn't dramatic but it just took whatever high quality optical cass in the window one is looking through out of the window. Its hard to explain. If Ht is an oimportant part of your life, in my opinion, if you casn afford it, it will bring you great joy. Are there other great projectors out there, there certainly are. But for the money there is absolutely nothing that approachesthis beast. 4K I think is a big plus and when 4K sources become abvailable it will be a bigger plus. But 4K is not the reason to buy it. Its the performance of this beast, the absolute PQ that it would bring to 1080p performance. I am impressed and impressed enough to buy it.
One of the reasons the Qualia 004 was so expensive was its Xenon lamp. That probably accounted for $5K of its cost considering the cooling system such a lamp requires.
What will a cheaper 4K machine in say the $15K MSRP give up? Since this baby uses a UHP lamp, the bulb type can't lead to savings. A lower lumens lamp must vbe used say cutting the max lumens from 2000 to 1000 and then the power supply and cooling system costs will be cheaper. A cheaper lens will undoubtedly be substitued. The lens on this one is superb. How well will a cheaper lens resolve 34096 x 2160 pixels. A true 4K anamorphic as an anology costs about 4 times the cost of a 2K anamorphic. Can you use a 2K anamorphic on a 4K machine the slight aspect ratio difference not withstanding. Sure you can but do you think it would be anywhere as good. Thisbeast is a statement piece. The mythical Sony Diamond. A $15K MSRP 4K machine will be good undoubtedltly but it will be a synthetic diamongd in the rough as little sense that might be. Perhaps a better analogy will be a diamond without as many facets and without the same degree of polishing.
Enough of this babble. I am drooling too much. I going to watch some more. Goodnight and happy dreams. I am living one now.