Originally Posted by AV Science Sales 5
But you are looking for a unicorn. No such animal exists. There never has been a projector that held good resale value after 5 to 7 years. So to ask for that standard out of any projector is not reasonable in my opinion.
Oh, I'm not looking for any such thing, nor am I expecting any resale value. I guess I look at it like this (this is all theoretical): Say I want to buy a projector, I've got about a $3k/yr budget, and a total of $15k now. I could buy a VW600, but I already know that it doesn't support the two most likely gamuts for 4K Blu-ray, nor some other features. I could buy it anyway since it would still "work", but I know I will not be happy being "stuck" once 4KBD comes out having dropped $15k on a machine that I can't replace for another 4 years.
One alternative is to just wait a year, if I've already got a projector then by the time 4K BD comes out, I'll have an $18k budget ($3k/yr). By this time there should be some machines coming out (heck maybe a VW700 with P3 support and 18Gbps HDMI 2.0, who knows) and it should be within budget. This alternative has the advantage of a slightly larger budget and being able to jump right into 4K BD with "full" support for. If you wait two years, that's now a $21k budget, and now you're almost in VW1100 class territory, but with a year for a 4K library to build and a year for the display tech to shake out and you should be good to go.
Another option is to buy a $3k projector this year (say you don't have one currently) to get you by for a year or two until you can do like above but with a slightly lower budget.
All of these later options seem better to me since IMO the wider gamut (P3/Rec2020) and higher bit depths represent the largest improvements on tap with 4K Blu-ray, the additional resolution is just the icing on the cake. On top of that if you look at the VW600, since it lacks even P3 gamut support, then if we say the higher bit depths are the other important new improvement, well then even a 1080p machine should benefit from that. You won't get the resolution increase obviously, but often times even downscaled, higher resolution formats result in better quality.
Really what it comes down to for me is, I don't understand why you'd buy a 4K projector today, when it will be lacking important features in just a year. Unless you're one of the folks who can afford to just replace a $15k projector after just a year or two. Because we all know, at least for those on this forum (folks who just trust their installer to take care of them are a bit of a different ballgame), that once 4K BD comes out, everyone around here is going to be wanting displays that fully support it, and those with displays that don't will be wishing they did.