I do not think CM was who he said he was.
Re new machines, obviously Sim2 has come out with the Solo line and Sony the VPL-vw1000es. The problem is that most who go for high end projectors have severe penis envy when it comes to screen size and like adolescent young men keep chasing a theater with a larger bust whoops larger and larger screen. The Sony just doesn't have enough horse power to light those up.
My screen is only a 110' D at 1.78 with top and bottom masking for higher aspect ratios. The Sony has more than enough brightness for that and easily trumped the Lumis if nor no other reason that a better lens and 4K.
The brightness enabled me to switch out my Stdeotec 130 for the Snomatt 100 or Studeotec 100 if you will. The screen fabric change improved everything except ultimate brightness tremendously. Actually things got so scarily realistic, a whole nother level, that I would never get a gain screen again. Yet here we in our effort for bigness in screen size often use 130 as the holy grail. I can't stress enough how much more realistic the image is with the 100. The screen fabric just disappears. But the 3d is noticeably dimmer on the 100 when lit with my feeble 1000ES..
New projectors are coming but they won't be sold through the traditional high end chain. The Red 4K projector is coming but it will only be sold direct and will require a screen with a high polarization extinction ratio (silver screen like, if you will) for 3D. to do it right that means a two screen solution because silver screens suck for 2D and Sony has announced a 4K DCI projector with somethig like 6000 lumens and a built in content server for around street price $40K. This is designed for small commercial theaters but will have HDMI inputs. I suspect many here will be buying it if they have the cash in today's economy. But it will be sold by consumer dealers. More when this is realeased and how to get it.
4K content is coming very rapidy and Sony has stated that they will be suppying a decent bit of 4K content and a 4K content delivery system to purchasers of its 4K panel for free. Hopefully, 1000ES owners will get it for free or be able to buy it.
More significantly the Redray player and server are coming very very shortly. Red has stated that they will have the details recost, ordering etc announced on the 30th. More importantly Red has partnered with a4k content distributor to also be announced on Friday and the server will be built into the Redray player.
Clearly, we are rapidly approaching obsolence of our 2K machines when true 4K or 4HD cintent becomes readily available. Sony I suspect will shortly be issuing 4K content from a Bluray like format. Onecan babble that 4K is not needed in a big boy theater and that may be true with only 2K sources, but even then those with large penises, there I go again, large screens would clearly benefit from 4K now. .
My guess is that the TO we be one of the first to sample the new Sony projector and will end up buying it.
Art hasn't had a party in so long that we simply have to get him a new projctor so we can all get together and fruit pizza down at his house. It would be nice to see all those chairs occupied in his HT.
And Amirm you may be able to live here in this mixture but its more like going to a strip club very frequently, so they tell me, rather than living at one. I have no idea what that means, I just couldn't come up with anything to say in response but still had to fire off a popgun response .Edited by mark haflich - 11/25/12 at 10:30am