Originally Posted by BuGsArEtAsTy
Yes, HDR support. Dunno how good it will be on the 5040UB, but for other projectors and for many TVs, people say it is the biggest improvement to display technology in years.
This is the big one. It is something you will be able to notice regardless of screen size or seating distance (if implemented correctly.)
Originally Posted by Krob3
I think we can all agree that 4k is coming, but I guess I don't understand why I should buy the 5040 for $3k when I can get the 5030 for $1699?
The 4k picture is absolutely stunning, but I dont plan to buy 4k DVDs and streaming content is very limited.
Am I missing something?
I agree with some of this sentiment. I've been slowly packing up my current house. I've boxed up all of my DVDs and Blu Ray discs (and most of the Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox games.) One thing I noticed is that the sheer number of titles of owned DVDs was easily a large multiple of owned Blu Ray discs. The only thing I can attribute this to is the greater proliferation of streamed HD titles through Netflix, VUDU, Amazon, etc. Sometimes, I can hear audio compression artifacts through streaming, but the video is not too bad as long as my internet speed is consistent. I know the quality is not as good as an actual Blu Ray disc (and there is a complete lack of 3D availability through this medium,) but for most movies, it has been completely acceptable. There are only a few movies I repurchased from VHS to DVD or DVD to Blu Ray over the years, and I expect that as 4k streaming becomes more readily available (assuming support for latest audio codecs,) I would purchase even fewer 4k Blu Ray discs. Of course, that is also assuming 4k rental is available for those movies that deserve to be seen in all of their higher resolution glory.
Originally Posted by Krob3
I agree! Thats why I'm not ready to invest in the new 4k projectors just yet. It feels like Blu-ray/1080 will be around for a long time so why pay so much more for a 1st gen 4k projector when I can get a high quality 1080 projector for 1/2 the price (if not lower).
If 4k takes off, it wont be for at least 4-5 years so why buy a 4k PJ now?
True 4k resolution will allow/require for shorter optimal viewing distances in order to take advantage of the higher resloution. It may allow for another row in a theater for some without sacrificing image quality. Hopefully, the epson solution works the same way. Lots of variables in that scenario though.
I don't like to upgrade every 4-5 years on pretty much anything (except my cell phone for some reason, but even that is every 3-4 years). My current main TV is 8 years old, and I had a large CRT before that. My AVR and speakers will be 6 years old at the end of the year. I try to get the best possible item for my situation in my budget at the time I want to upgrade. I haven't ruled out a 1080p projector (especially for a $700 - $1000 premium for these new Epson 4k projectors,) but I don't want to feel a need to upgrade within a couple of years. Plus, it was already hard enough to convince my wife that we needed a space for a home theater that was not an open space while looking for a new home.
This brings me to another question though. Because these display panels are native 1080p, will the upscaling of 480p (DVDs and Wii) look about the same as a current 1080p projector (5030UB?)