Originally Posted by LJG
Has there been any recent news on the laser module upgrade to the 4K projector?
I suspect they still have problems with laser speckle and the high cost of the lasers. Also I guess that the first roll-out will be for Imax screens and other extra large screens that need a lot of brightness, second will be slightly smaller screens that uses the 6-7kw lamps that needs to get bulb costs down. The Red projector could put some pressure on them to release an upgrade for smaller projectors but the redray projector is by Red's own estimate 4-6 months away and with their reputation you can probably double or triple that estimate, it also remains to be seen if it is any good or if it is going to be DCI certified if not then it will hardly be competition for Barco d-cinema line of projectors.
It's also questionable if there is any demand for an upgrade for the smaller 2kw projectors unless it's really cheap, a 2kw bulb will last about 12-18 months for most cinemas and cost 700-800$ so the laser module would need to be less than 4000$ and last 5-10 years for it to raise any interest among cinema owners. A laser upgrade that could replace a 6,5kw bulb would start to look good already at a 30-40k price range.
There's also legal issues since lasers are in many countries highly regulated.