Originally Posted by coderguy
We've always been in a state of flux in projectors really.
Late 1990's to Early 2000's, not a good time to buy a projector because people were moving slowly from CRT to DIGITAL
Mid-2000's = Most moved to Digital but now some 1080p projectors are starting to slowly get affordable (1080p in 2004 was like $5000, whereas 720p was like $1500)
Late-2000's to Early 2010's = It's not a good time to buy because now we have 3D and CFI and other techs they added, so if the PJ you want doesn't have 3D, bad time to buy?
Now in 2013 = Not a good time to buy because 4k is around the corner.
It's never a good time to buy!
After 4k, they will come up with something else to give us another reason NOT to buy a new projector until X tech gets more affordable
To me, it's a little like cars. The auto business is a "mature" industry. You can not build a bad car and survive. It's just a question of how many bells and whistles you want or how much leather trim or soundproofing.
1080p 2D projectors are approaching this part of the curve. They all offer different flavors of ice cream, but it's all pretty tasty. INMO, the significant issue is not brightness/blackness (any longer). It's sharpness
. If you are watching HD close to the screen, then you want something that at least gets close to a good Plasma. DLP has the best native
sharpness. Within the DLP universe, the most significant cost to benefit is the optics. Good lenses are expensive...So, if you buy a "Lexus" DLP, then you get great optics and state of the art sharpness. Our old Benq PE8720 was almost $8k MSRP new. The sharpness was like a good NIkon camera.
The Z30000 is like having "Toyota Camry" optics. Still very good, but not state of the art.
The other technologies, variations of LCD, have native sharpness issues related to convergence. They are tricking the eye with the new RC software to try and rival DLP. They are all very good.
So, you pay your money and take your chances. There will always be something better next year.
When we are immersed in the movie, all this stuff never comes to mind...