That's why I'm going to start taking the DLP projectors more seriously at this point. Although I have yet to see one worthy of the price difference as well. I don't mind paying twice as much for a 25% overall improvement, but all of those expensive DLP projectors seem to have one or more major weaknesses that negate the additional cost. (and I'm not dropping $120K on any projector, just for the principle of it) No projector is perfect for sure, but you have to be able to justify the cost. I'd drop $50,000 on a projector, but I don't think anything in that price range justfies the cost for me... I can live with a 10' wide scope screen for the time being. Well see what the 1080p Titan looks like, thats next on the eval list.
I'm not going to give up the Ruby for an RS-1, there just isn't enough reason to do so. I doubt the Diamond would make me want to jump ship as well. There just isn't enough overall difference between any of these projectors for people to jump to another in my opinion... for those new people who don't have projectors, or have outdated projectors, sure it matters more. If buying today, no question I'd get an RS-1.
I think the Diamond, Amethyst, and the RS-1 are each going to have their advantages. The Amethyst will be the leader in price/performance, the RS-1 the remaining leader of native contrast and no brightness compression, and the Diamond the best colors and lumen output...
If a Diamond is to sell at 3x the price of the VW60 the former needs new panels.
But the expected price according to the articles is $8-9K, my guess: $8,999.00... Amethyst likely $3,999.00 so that is not much more than 2X cost (not 3X). I hope I am wrong!!! I hope you are right!!! I'd love to have a reason to give Sony more money!!! Do some things on that wish list and charge more money!!!
I think Diamond will get new panels but I think they will be a little short of the JVC panels. A good guess could be around 10000:1 native which could perform well on its own and perhaps better with a good DI
Let's hope for improved panels over the Amethyst. But Sony will not be able to hide with fake marketing numbers!! We will measure the native contrast of those panels with the DI off!!!