Thank you both. My general opinion on my plasma is that the color is good, but the blacks could be blacker. That being said, I still think it looks very good in the dark. It could use an improvement in shadow detail (this could be me over ambitiously adjusting the contrast for blacker blacks) , so I like that people are saying that the Sony does a good job.
The thing that has me on the fence is that the projector market is in a transition to 4K, and I have a few options:
1. Buy a <$1000 1080P projector and dump it in a few years when 4K becomes cheaper, but end up with something significantly worse quality than my current plasma for the next few years.
2. Spend ~$2000 and get a really solid 1080P projector. (The HW45ES fits this perfectly.)
3. Spend $2500 and get into the Faux-K/HDR space.
4. Spend a boatload on 4K now. (Not really an option for me)
I wanted your opinions on how important you feel 4K is to the experience or if you are happy with 1080P at a large screen size. I sit 10 feet from my 64” 1080P TV and don’t currently see pixels. 1080P is more than enough pixels for a screen that small. My plan is to go with a 125” screen and sit the same distance, and I’m wondering if pixel size would be an issue.
I guess I get a little obsessed in the back of my mind with the 4K thing, but in reality, I probably wouldn’t use it much. I watch more TV shows than I do movies, and I don’t purchase blu-rays…I usually just stream. So most of my native source material is going to be 1080P and some shows are still 720P.
At the same time, I get excited about being able to put on a 4K “demo” scene and sit in awe at it, but then 5 minutes later, I’ll be watching a TV show, where the resolution and wider color gamut aren’t really necessary. I got just as excited about the 3D feature on my plasma, and then I ended up using the feature like 5 times.
Some of this is just every new TV saying 4K on it, making me feel it's necessary, when I know that 4K on a 60" panel is complete waste unless you are going to sit less than 5 feet from it.
I remember back in the 720P vs 1080P days people used to say that resolution doesn’t really matter like color accuracy and contrast do. That was back in plasma discussions, so it was regarding much smaller screens.
I was just wondering your opinions on the matter.