Originally Posted by zombie10k
A lot of could have, may have and should haves with the models based on this panel.
going backwards on core functionality that was not an issue for years isn't a great start nor an acceptable compromise just to get some extra sharpness that DLP didn't really need to begin with.
They probably figured at this price point, no one will notice or care. juddering video during motion but wow look at that distant clock tower's detail on pause. that's how we watch movies , pixel peeping on pause.
Also possible the DLPC4422 firmware just wasn't 100% done when they rolled it out this year but they knew they needed to roll something out to keep their OEMs on board and afloat. The hardware was done, but not the software for that hardware. So they ensured all of the projectors rolled out had a USB Input for FW upgrade to enable features down the line.
Don't you recall the demos of these projectors at CES 2016 where they were so unfinished that either the manuf refused to demo them, or when they did demo them it was a disaster? That wasn't that long ago.
I noticed the HT8050, HT9050 and UHD60, UHD65 all have USB inputs for firmware upgrade. It looks like the HK2288 does as well, though the manual isn't posted so I can't confirm its function for sure.
Someone also recently took delivery of the Barco Loki in the $20k+ forum and Barco told them there would be firmware updates to improve things further.
Combine this with the news from kraine that the BenQ is getting a FW updates for HDR and 3D, and my thought is that these projectors may have been rolled out unfinished. This would explain the weirdness, why 3D was strangely not included when all the TI literature says it was supported, etc. 3D, for instance, may have been supported but not actually finished yet in the firmware.
This is the controller board in all XPR projectors that's responsible for 3D and controls the color flashing, etc, that will likely be the target of the firmware updates - also says its capable of 24p video:
We will see, it may be these are still a work in progress. It actually makes a lot more sense, than the idea that 3D and 24p are simply unsupported when all of the literature on the hardware says it is.