Originally Posted by klimo
I'd disagree completely. A 5k lumen 4k projector is, what, $60k? A calibrated HDR projector with advertised 2k - 2500k lumens on a 130in 1.0 gain screen from 15ft will be, what, 1500 lumens at best.
It's nice to see some laser sourced projectors coming out of the woodwork, but they are far from high output. When a Sony 5000 is $5k then we can talk about having light to spare.
Laser light source is just becoming the fad now... if you look at the technology production S-Curve you'll see that things happens fast.. Sony came out with the 1000es only a few years back, and that set you back 25K, fast forward 2-3 years, and now you have 4K projectors at $5k range... I remembered just a few years back when the first 4K consumer projector came out at $25k (the Sony 1000ES), i said within a few years it'll be $5k, and EVERYONE on the FORUM jumped on me, saying that high quality lens are what cost so much for 4K and they'll NEVER, EVER come down in price... again, people who don't understand the S-Curve will ALWAYS be wrong... Now you have a LASER, 4K Sony 885ES for $25K US pricing, and the 285ES (sharing the exact same lens) for a mere $4k street.. (so, for those ppl who claimed the LENS is the expensive component, please explain the price delta when both projectors uses the exact same lens?)
This will be the same with lasers... right now, it's all about pricing strategy... you set far higher prices for more lumens.. as competition heats up, somebody's gonna give out high lumens for lower prices, and so on and so forth..
The ONLY factor that is preventing 4K projectors from going dirt cheap is the complexity of producing 4K chips be it LYCOS like the Sony, DiLA the JVC, etc is because there are no 3rd party chips that other projector manufacturers can buy off the shelf and use... they are all basically currently using TI's DLP chipsets... and you can find those projectors now for a few hundred bucks..
You wait a few more years and see how fast Lasers take over the projector world.. lamp will be dead soon...
Of course, soon after that, i'll be video walls (the ultimate in visuals)... Video walls will also get real cheap real fast... projectors are indeed coming to the end of their life cycles... (10 years max)