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Another thought - I believe the special anti glare coating on the ST and higher models helped with the black level somewhat, seem to recall that the more reflective screen on the U50 was still pretty good and in a dark room that I view in reflections are non existent and hence not an issue to image quality. I was watching Octopussy on blu ray and have to admit it looked pretty dang good from what I watched it on previously ( including the JVC projector ), in particular the scenes in the forest near the beginning when Agent 006, dressed as a clown really had a depth and film like quality that was, frankly, wonderful to watch.
When you get a really well done film on blu ray these plasmas certainly do shine. This is something often repeated here so just adding my voice as being quite satisfied. I played the projector game for 10 years, jumped on HD DVD from the start and now with OLED technology like others here I will be waiting quite awhile for prices and overall image quality to reach that point where buying into it is worth it.
If a person who was use to 480 SD content looked at a top end 65" 1080 plasma they would be left speechless no doubt, I think technology might be spoiling us more than we realize, always wanting better, to a point, yes, it is great but it is a lot of expense going to 4K and true UHD and it seems a lot of older folks like myself can finally say that 1080 done right is still pretty good. I will not argue that true 4K through a projector should be incredible, at least in my case something like UHD on a 120" or larger screen would be optimal, if you have the room size of course. My projector has spoiled me in that regard.
I just watched The Great Waldo Pepper blu ray imported from Germany on the PJ and it looked just like a good quality print should - unless it was shot in 65/70mm just how far should resolution go before it simply looks a bit unnatural? I am of course referring to standard 35mm film, which has quite high resolution of course ( 8K or so? ). I know the younger generations fully embrace that digital or video look more readily. It could be I am just too set in my ways - I can appreciate 4K certainly but being rooted in the days of actual film stock run through a projector at a local theater I can be quite happy with 1080. Not knocking technology at all, just wondering how much is perhaps too much depending on the source. Diminishing returns and all that.
Taking The Fifth Element on 4K and Close Encounters as two examples it seems Element beats the blu ray hands down, have yet to see it myself whereas Encounters has had very mixed reviews, some saying it just does not look right. Does it come down to the source used ( OCN or print ) and how it was digitally restored, gets a bit complicated but beyond what technology brings us is how they looked originally. I guess that is what I am getting at, how far is too far?
I know when the opportunity presents itself I will join the 4K UHD crowd via OLED but sometimes I wonder!
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