Originally Posted by Abbas
I dont agree! I spent only few hours researching the 1000ES and bought it. I am more than satisfied with my purchase and am really looking forward to the upgrade. I have a 144 inch screen and I think it looks spectacular. I cant wait to hookup the fmp-x1 to it and check out the Life Cycle movie.
I suggest for you to see it in a store somewhere first hand! I didnt even see it to be honest but knew I wanted the best so I bought it. I extremely happy with my purchase.
You misunderstood me (my fault-- I didn't explain that properly). I'm not saying the decision to buy a VW1000ES is a hard one. I love mine, and really, it's one of the best projectors out there. Every time I turn it on, I need to pick my jaw up off the floor.
I wasn't saying that I researched the VW1000ES for hundreds of hours, but rather all other aspects of my setup, as well as what technology was coming in the next few years. I also spent a lot of that time planning my home theater remodel as well. I made the decision on the VW1000ES in a matter of hours, just like you (hell, I was sold the day Sony announced it!!!).
What I'm trying to say is that someone with literally no home theater experience shouldn't just dive in to a high-end projection without research and a basic understanding of how things work, especially when you're talking about a $25K projector. You probably had a pretty good foundation of knowledge, as did I, when we made that decision. You know how screen gain impacts brightness, how much brightness is required for 3D, proper placement and throw distance, the difference between passive and active 3D, etc. We take that knowledge for granted. To us, it seems like common sense, but to someone with no understanding of how things work, that's a massive amount of information to get your head around.
TVs are basically "plug and play." I think you can admit that a good projection setup is not that intuitive. Treating it like a TV purchase isn't the best way to go about it. The key is planning. You can get a decent setup without planning, but you can get an incredible setup with some forethought.
I don't know how closely you've been following this thread, but Quovadis has admitted he has very little home theater knowledge, which is perfectly fine. We all start somewhere! But imagine your disappointment if you purchased a 211" screen with a .85 gain (EN4K, for example, which I'm using in my setup) and a $25K projector, set it up, and realized that it's way too dim to be enjoyable and that 3D was out of the question, when all along you thought the image would be as bright as an LED TV! Man, that would be brutal.
For someone like Quovadis who doesn't have that basic knowledge, it's very important to do research before diving in-- not just research on the VW1000ES, but about projection in general. I agree with you about checking out the projector beforehand. I didn't have that luxury either, but if you have the option, definitely take it.Edited by BrianMundt - 11/1/13 at 1:26am