Originally Posted by SOWK
I think Bass was talking about upgrades in general and that small noticeable differences could mean the difference between a 2K projector or 10k projector. (Not specifically JVC Brand.)
Precisely, thanks SOWK.
The HT world is all about a diminishing return on investment. I guess you could say that about anything really.
Is the toroidal transformer in receiver A worth the 1,000 entry over not having one in receiver B? How much perceptible difference are you going to notice? Projectors are the same thing. Is an 80,000 CR ratio going to be worth x amount of dollars over a 50,000 CR. Is E shift worth x amount over not having it? We don't necessarily have to be talking about 5k or 8k difference here. There will be compromises in 500 dollar differences.
Are you someone who picks apart the flaws in the picture; or are you someone who is content with it as long as the "flaws" don't take you out of the movie. Everyone here has different expectations on what is acceptable to them. Me personally, I don't have to have the blackest blacks out there, but I can't stand jittery panning scenes. I don't really care for 3d so I'm OK with a machine that falls behind in this category, as long as it maintains a strong 2d image. Someone else might really value 3d, or need the blackest of the blacks (eh hem Zombie).
AS SOWK mentioned, the beautiful thing nowadays is most projectors are getting so good you really can't go wrong with any of them. Black levels are closing in on hair splitting differences. In a lot of cases, you'd have to AB them side by side to pick up the differences. Most are throwing pretty close to the same lumens in calibrated mode as well. You just need to pick the one with the idiosyncrasies you can live with.
You guys buying your first projectors are really lucky. My first projector was a Panasonic AE700, and I know guys who had projectors long before that one. PQ has some light years since then. In fact; if you want to save a bunch of money go pick up an old 720p LCD and try it out for a month. Even the cheapest current projector on the market will look a million times better. You can send the money you saved to me so I can get an RS56 instead of my 4810. I heard it will be a huge difference.