Why not buy a better projector and keep it a little longer? Nothing says you have to flip them every 1 - 2 years. Seems like 3 - 4 years is required to really make a difference projector wise. I have forum members calling me to finally upgrade - from their RS1's !
Because things keep changing too quickly, and in a year's time I will probably be missing out on one or more of the latest and greatest features. If I buy a 4k machine today, for example, it will not have an HDMI 2.0 connector on it, will it? And neither does my Marantz pre/pro, my Darbeevision, my Lumagen, etc., so why would I want to buy a 4k machine now? IMHO, a 4k machine at this particular point in time
, is a total waste of money. And no, you will not convince me that upconverting 2k material to 4k will be worth the investment - you can't get blood (or resolution) out of a stone - been there, done that with earlier upconversions, like from 480p to 1080p. People swore that it was so much better...it wasn't.
So if I don't buy a 4k machine equipped with HDMI 1.4, then what else will I buy? Maybe the $80k DPI? Not gonna happen. Does DPI make a machine that can compete price wise in the under $4k disposable projector category? If they do, then I would be glad to consider buying one, as I am a big fan of DLP and prefer the PQ it delivers over either of the other 2 technologies - LCD and LCOS.
I currently own an Epson 5010 - If you know my history here, you know that I have owned about a dozen other projectors in the last 10 years, some of them quite expensive, and of all the projectors I have owned, the Epson has remained in my theater the longest - almost 2 years! If I threw it in the trash tomorrow it would have cost me less to own and use than any other projector I have owned and at the same time it has delivered the best combination of attributes that please me - nice pop (but not as good as DLP), very good 3D (but again not as good as DLP), "good enough" black level (though not as good as JVC, but better than DLP), and very bright picture for my 11 foot wide screen (better than both JVC and DLP - and Sony), and by a huge margin
the best customer service I have ever encountered.
So, Craig, what would you recommend?
P.S. - I owned an RS1 - it was in the bottom half of my ratings of all the machines I have owned, just above Sanyo and way above Panasonic...