Things are slowing down, Prices are not. Prices are going down. Soon there will be very little in the above $10,000.00 Market (If there isn't already)
With some 1080P DLPs / Lcos / LCD under $3000.00 there is a much smaller market for high cost projectors.
Their are very few like me that are willing to spend thousands more for "perfection".
I don't see how I would upgrade from the Marantz VP-11S2 in less then 5 years.
I don't care about laser Tech, or even higher contrast ratio's at this point.
Yes, 1,000,000:1 Contrast is coming "soon" But it doesn't really offer that much better picture then 15,000:1.
I have seen the Sony Oled 11" and was impressed but nothing that is WOW, this blows away everything on the market.
TVs are just getting thinner and lighter / bigger.
Front projectors are just getting cheaper.
The Sharp 12K MK2 can hold its own with all the 1080P projectors right now if you have the right view distance / screen size.
The only real time to upgrade from the Marantz at this point is...
If you have an enormous screen (145" - plus for light output purposes only)
4K res projectors (but only when there is 4K material)
Originally Posted by Randall Morton
I think things are slowing down. At least in the $5K to 15K range. There are 2 or 3 year old projectors now with outstanding pictures that can hold their own against the newer projectors. If you don't sit too close the C3X would probably hold its own against most of the newer stuff.
Seems like we a just fine tuning to get the last bit of performance from the current technology. From all I've read the DC4 is only a small improvement over the DC3 but Marantz has almost doubled any previous on/off CR from the DC3.
I mean how much better of a picture can we get from a single chip DLP? We can get blacker blacks and fine tune the color a little more make it brighter etc., but these will only be marginal improvements to most.
The other areas for improvement involves changes in the light source to laser or possibly led, but I've been hearing talk about this for years now. Will we have it next year? If we do will it be below $15K? Will the picture be a lot better or just longer lamp life?
What I'm getting at is that I think I could be happy with a projector like the Marantz or one of the high end Sims for a long time, maybe 3 years even.
I believe now is a good time to upgrade.