Interesting thoughts for sure. DLP to me over blows the colors to an almost fake look to them.
LCOS was good, at times in some scenes the solid backgrounds seem to have an interesting or unatural look to them.
I only evaluated 4 projectors, I have to admit I have not seen a 12K, but isn't that like a mega high end projector? If that's the one I am thinking of, I have no doubt it would run circles around all the sub $5K projectors including mine. I ran lots of different sources and the same material on all of them. Your use of the term flat, is probably my percieved natural and film like.
To me if the colors become to vivid, they become unatural looking.
Some good stuff right here for this thread though for sure.
The four projectors I had in my theater all at once were:
I have to admit, before I viewed the newest 1080p LCD projectors, I would have been in some agreement with you, even still I liked the LCD technology though.
But since were are talking different technologies, the newest highest res LCD stuff has to be considered. But if your talking the 12K model I am thinking about? I bow down, your at a level of performance I will never attain.