Originally Posted by PJC Bill
It's not, though. It's bright enough for some people, some of the time, if they have excellent light control.
Like all other corporations, projector manufacturers love money. LOVE money. If it were this easy, it would already be done.
Have you ever noticed how LCD projectors tend to have more zoom/shift than DLP projectors? It's easier to do lens shift with LCD projectors. Please note that I'm not an engineer, but I've heard this over and over again from engineers, so I'm trusting it.
The fact that there is not an inexpensive, high-quality, solid-state (lamp free) home theater projector means one of two things. Either:
1. Building one is harder than it looks
2. It's easy. However, there is a vast, industry-wide conspiracy to maintain the current lamp-based status quo at all costs, no matter what, in order to keep selling replacement lamps forever and ever and deprive poor suckers like you and me of our Eternity Projectors with Infinite Contrast. And despite the intense competition between projector vendors, not to mention the years-old fight between 3LCD and TI/DLP, not a single person has blabbed a single word in all these years.
I mean, believe the second one if you want to, I guess.
I have yet to find a casual viewer complain of it being too dim with the use of a curtain or two (doesn't mean much, but it's not nothing). 110"-120" is a pretty common indoor size and curtains are cheap and rarely ruled-out by significant others. To each there own, but judging by the popularity of the easy/inexpensive lcdTV I'd have to guess there's a large market for cheap, easy, and "good enough".
More than the love of money I'd argue they simply make some very odd choices and are a little clumsy with change.
I've specifically named a couple companies that have nothing to lose from adding a slightly higher-performance hometheater oriented projector to their line.
I've seen a couple DLP models with fairly extreme zoom, but never much offset range..and that's why I questioned if it could be done at all. You WOULD think a system of offset/zoom lenses at the end of the line couldn't possibly care what technology preceded it..and that'd be a possible design to try.
If a DLP only company wanted to offer a more competitive model to gain more profit at the competition's expense, that'd be something to try..but, like I said, it would involve a bit of change and companies make some odd choices.
I feel like I'm being told that the w1070 with its combination of zoom/offset/accuracy/and $750-1000 couldn't possibly be done until now. Why not, just because that simple, obvious, and award winning combination wasn't thrown together just yet? The hd25 and any previous inexpensive iris-less RGB DLP could've been tossed into a more placement friendly chassis as soon as 1080 parts came down in price. It wouldn't have been stealing any more from their business line or iris'd high-end then than it is right now for Benq.
Some people say the w1070 is too bright and loud, but Optoma has never popped a different software set and RGBRGB colorwheel into a 131xe with its 190w lamp for a build-price difference and R&D cost of $0 ..does that mean it can't be done?
I'd say it's much more likely it's the natural slow response and odd choices of a large company.
A colorwheel swap and the resulting software difference doesn't even require a true separate overhead for a different model..it's parts they already have and software they already own and use.
Conspiracy, no. Slow, ignorant and generally silly, oh-my yes.
I'm not asking for the best glass in a $500 package. I'm wondering why there aren't slightly larger/quieter, 300-600lumen LED DLPs with similar zoom/offset options as the w1070 for $800-1200...at least by a company with no current theater model for it to leak sales from.
You can't seriously believe that it can't be done, can't be done inexpensively at a normal profit margin, or can't be done by a company with no theater models without stealing too many sales from their lights-on business segment.
Not that I'm siding completely with OP, but. ..I'm admittedly impatient. This isn't even FOR ME! I couldn't care less about ceiling-mount flexibility, I just want to see an LED option that makes more sense in a high mount.
I've also heard from manufacturers that they really don't like to change their case designs..so anything that doesn't fit or simply drop in, that's going to take a while. It's understandable..but tell me straight that you aren't disappointed in hearing it.