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An inexpensive 4K projector might not be anyways as good as a similarly priced 2K machine. Buy it over a better similarly priced 2K machine. I wouldn't.
What is the state of the present projector market?
Sony makes 2K and 4K consumer machines. There is a place in their line up for a 4K machines priced at about $7 to 8K MSRP
JVC makes 2K and e-shift 4K lite machines. They have models at the $10K and $12K MSRP price point that could this year be true 4K or true UHD machines. Fortunately all the JVC price line is heavily discounted. Of course they have cheaper machines too but these won't be true UHD or 4K.
Epson's top of the line 2K HT machine is already about $7K. What? Say it isn't true. While most just consider there lower lumen machines sold in the $2K to $3K or so range, they also have the G6900, a high high lumen beast designed specifically for large (I said LARGE). If Krane's info is correct, they can be expected at Cedia to introduce two machines between about $6 to $7K and the same machine in black with a mount and a bulb for around $8K. These will be reflective LCOS or 4K or UHD machines. relatively normal lumens power.
BenQ. Cheap machines and they don't exhibit at Cedia. I can't imagine them entering the 4K market. Could they have a 4K light machine?
They show at CES.
Its either them or Epson, or both.
There are several OEM houses that make machines for DP and Sim2 and others. I expect 4K 3 chip DLP consumer machines from them, priced at about $80K MSRP. $45K MSRP for laser powered 2K shipping around now from DP. 1920 x 1200. Brand is discounted if you go to the right places.
There are some other company who sell modified theater machines for the upper consumer end that Sim2 pursues. RP. are looking at abut $60K 2K machines from these companies. The draw? Laser powered high lumen machines with respectable contrast for big screens. And DCI if you buy a DCI sever and can legally access DCI content. And you can if you want and not just from one company who has a very expensive server and charges really high prices for content.
Cedia is about 60 days from now. Anybody want to bet cigars on my predictions?
Last edited by mark haflich; 07-06-2014 at 08:15 AM.