Originally Posted by audvid
Today, I saw a Sony 350ES, on a 120" diagonal, black grey screen. in a dark room. It was an awful picture. I am shocked as to how bad it is. They showed me a 4k demo and that was ok - nothing stunning. The 2k material had a lot of mosquito noise, processing noise and it was like watching through a screen door (I don't know whether this is related to screen or projector). I also own a very old Epson 8350 (70" white screen) and even the old Epson was better than this Sony 350.
I realize that this might not be the correct thread for this post. The reason for posing here: Owners of the 1000/1100 appreciate the amazing lens and the high quality electronics in the Sony 1000. Even though I have not seen it, your projector is a bench mark for me; because I own the prior version of your projector - the Qualia 004.
Even now, I find that the Qualia is an amazing projector - I appreciate the resolution and clarity of the Karl Zeiss lens and xenon bulb (is xenon better than uhp bulbs?).
As owners of the 1000, you will understand my concerns better, than the owners of the Sony 350es, who might not have experienced a $25k projector.
I have been wondering whether I need to upgrade to 4k, even though I would watch only 2k, 99% of the time. I read a lot of reviews and posts about the 350, 500, Sony 675 etc. Typically, I prefer a Sony projector for its "naturality" in the picture.
But this Sony 350 was probably the worst picture I have seen (and the only true 4k projector I have viewed). I had seen similar problems on LCD TVs also - mostly as posterization. I am guessing that the dislike I have is for the video processing involved and associated artifacts and issues.
Question: Am I missing something? So many people told me that the new Sony 675 is probably better than the Sony 1100 etc.. Now, I am wondering if that could be false.
I had been debating whether to buy the sony 675 or if and when the budget permits, I should get the next gen- like Sony 1200 (I know it has not yet been announced). The new Sony vpl-vz1000 would be perfect for me but I am concerned that its lens quality would not be equal to the sony 1000/1100ES.
First of all, I am no expert in Video.. Just very experienced. My home theatre was built 21 years ago. My first projection TV was 35 years ago - a 2 piece unit.
I am not sensitive to color correction or gamma changes. I would not even know, if there is a gamma drift.
My current projector is a sony qualia 004 since many years and prior was 9" CRT. I appreciate the amazing lens that the Qualia has.. The picture is clear and rich (Xenon lamp). I thought it might be time to "upgrade". My recent experience has shown me that I can wait for a while and I am not missing anything - because 95% of my viewing is 2k Dish channels.
There are so many experts here on the forum and I am making the following observations as being just a "layman's" opinion.
Today, I viewed Sony hw45es, epson 4040 and Jvc x550. I had also seen, with the same channel, a 85" Sony lcd TV ($8000).
1. What i saw and commented about, on the sony 350 screen door effect was because of the screen. I saw the same here, on one of the screens.
2. Both the Epson 4040 and the jvc 550 have scaling artifacts. As did the Sony TV.
3. The sony 45 had no scaling/digital artifacts - probably because it was 1080p.
4. JVC and Epson did not seem to have scaling artifacts, with 4k Source. I did not watch much of 4k today. I switched right away to 2k fox hd.
5. The "cheap lens" factor was very obvious to me. The picture is not crisp/clean and colors were not rich. Contrast was quite good, on both jvc and epson - but then, it is not a great comparison, because I don't think there were calibrated or set carefully.
While the Epson and the jvc, with 2k Dish source, did have scaling artifacts and some posterization, they were better than what I saw with the Sony 350 yesterday. Having said that, it is possible that there is something wrong with that particular Sony 350, which I saw - either with the source or the projector itself. I cannot believe that the Sony would be so obviously bad.
My over all conclusion - If I were going to buy a projector, the Epson 5040 seems the best value. At $3000 list, I cant see any justification to buy the JVC eshift or Sony 4k (at 3 to 5 times the price?).
I wish I could see a sony 1000. I would expect it to have an amazing clarity, because of its lens.