Originally Posted by millerwill
I'm just back to my hotel, taking a bread before dinner tonight. SonyDave has given the most imp info about the 1000ES upgrade package, but I'll just add my comments about it, and a few other CEDIA topics. (Also saw that Ron Jones has covered most of these topics in his post.)
SONY: I met SonyDave and had a great talk with him. All us 1000ES early adopters owe him a great deal of thanks for helping bring about this upgrade package, which as he said, will make the 1000ES into a 1100ES. In addition to replacing the I/O board (for HDMI 2.0), the entire Motherboard will be replaced, all with the latest FW. This will allow various pic enhancements, e.g., to deal with 'mastered in 4K' BD's. Panel adjustment in R, G, and B will now be possible (not just R and B). The CMS capabilities of the 1100ES are essentially the same as those in the 1000ES (in service menu), and the light engines are essentially the same, both quoted as producing 2000 lumens). Even the logo on the menu of the upgraded 1000ES will note it to be a 1100ES! The only drawback, that some of you asked about, is that the warranty of the upgrade 1000ES will not be increased beyond the 3 yrs from the original date of purchase, but with the reliability of these machines I don't see this as a major deal.
Only the 600ES (MSRP $15K) was shown, and it did indeed look very nice. MSRP of the 1100ES is $28K,
In summary, this 1000ES upgrade deal is better than I think any of us had expected and is a generous offer for Sony's most adverturesome customers. I don't see how any 1000ES owner can pass this up.
Some other observations:
JVC: Big news is that JVC will have a DI! And a very aggressive one at that: the top of the line unit (MSRP = $12K) is quoted to have 150K:1 native CR, which goes to 1500K (i.e. 1.5M):1 with the DI. This 10-fold increase is far beyond what I've seen stated as a max of 3-fold in order not to introduce artifacts. The demo of the new unit did indeed look beautiful, though; I'll bet there will be much discussion by all you experts, when these things come out, about how successful the DI is. I also expect the choice between it and the Sony 600ES will be a difficult one for many people: the JVC's higher CR vs the Sony's true 4K plus about twice the brightness.
Dig Proj: Boy the Titan does look impressive, esp for bright scenes; that crisp dlp look is enticing. But $80K is a bit steep for me to swallow.
Monoprice: The go-to place for HDMI cables ((at least for me) has a Redmere line of powered cables that will pass 4K; $46 for a 30 ft one. I'll need one of these for 4K input in order to by-pass my AVR, which won't pass-through 4K.
Lumagen: No word on the time frame for delivery of a unit that will accept 4K input, but a clear statement that there would be one.
DataSat: Also sat in on the audio demo given by these guys--f#@*ing amazing! Even more so than for video, it seems there is no upper limit with what can be done with high end audio. (But I'm not going there!!)
Man, I'm pooped!