Originally Posted by stanger89
Personally, I'd either wait for a 4K Lumagen or get an XE, which IMO/IME should offer a potentially better upgrade path. A Lumagen is a pretty big investment (not like a Darbee) and I'd want to make sure I had a "plan" for upgrading to full 4k capability, not just 4k upconversion. This is part of the reason I opted for the XE when I got mine over the XS.
I'm looking at the new Lumagen Radiance 2041, with the 4K outputs. It's been reported here, ok'd by Lumagen, that this unit will be user upgradable to native 4K input for a "modest" fee. So I think I'd be set pretty well if I go for it.
The reasons I'm looking at grabbing a Lumagen are:
1. Calibration. I want to be able to re-calibrate my existing projector as it drifts, and also have easy options for different saved calibration settings (e.g. for 2.2 gamma, 2.4 gamma). And I want to be able to calibrate any new projector I buy, either this year or next year. (I've had to go to great lengths to have my projectors professionally calibrated and it's wearing thin, time to be more self sufficient in that regard).
2. Auto-Calibration. As much as I want to be self sufficient in terms of calibration, I also don't want to become obsessed with it. I'll learn what I need to, but I'm attracted to the auto-calibration features of the software/hardware packages that can be used with the Lumagen (understanding that even with auto-cal, touch-ups are likely needed). Anything to make it more painless and less involved on my part is a good starting point.
3. Cleaner switching in my system. My AV receiver doesn't pass 3D, so I have to use a second long run of cable for 3D out of my oppo to my projector, and switch inputs on the projector to watch 3D, etc. It would be nice to have all 4 of my video sources switching through the same Lumagen unit.
4. Integrated Darbee processing. I have an original Darbee Darblet which I enjoy, except for the fact it's introduced handshake issues, possibly in part because I had to add yet another length of HDMI cable on to my existing 45/50ft hadmi cable runs to my projector. I very much like the idea of getting rid of the extra cabling and also, hopefully, the handshake issues I've been having, by using the Lumagen.
5. I'm intrigued by Lumagen's scaling and processing. This isn't a biggie necessarily, but I still do watch some DVDs. As well, I'm intrigued by trying out the Lumagen 4K scaling on either the Sony 4K projector if I get one (which at least on member here has said works particularly well with Sony's reality creation processing afterward), or with the JVC if I buy one of those. With the Lumagen I could feed the JVC a 4K signal from 1080p, which means it's new MPC processing method will be employed - somewhat different from if it were fed a 1080p signal, and who knows...perhaps an improvement. I'd have to see.
6. Everyone seems to rave about their Lumagen, almost no one seems disappointed. I may find some other features useful that I hadn't even thought about. One, for instance, being able to downsize Blu-Ray menus for navigation to fit my screen when in 2;35:1 mode.
The biggest "con" I see in getting a Lumagen is adding a complicated processor into the mix and it's learning curve. I already use the Denon DVP-602CI video processor. It's pretty user friendly and I use it almost strictly for it's excellent noise reduction feature, which is really amazing at NR without softening HD images. But...people still like that processor so I'm sure I could sell it.