Originally Posted by zombie10k
Is the smooth screen noticeably different on the 2000 vs. the 4000 or 8000? I've only had the last 2 models here. In general, both models looked a bit soft on my 142". I guess I can see why it would be preferred for some older movies. Although I have models here than can handle older content better than the Sony 4K. Especially the non-upgraded model, the RC 1.0 imo is too harsh, a reason enough alone for the 1100 upgrade which takes it down a few clicks.
One of the things that bothered me on the 8000 was the color uniformity. I only saw a few samples but each had a unique set of issues in this area, enough to see it in real content.
in this relatively niche market of home theater front projectors, the herd is already thinning. Mitsubishi and Sharp are recently gone. I would be surprised to see Panasonic come back to this specific market in 2015.
I should have emphasized that I am using a relatively small screen for my Sony and Panasonic (just 77 inches in width), but I am in a batcave (black ceiling +walls).
I think the mastering process has a role to play here too.
Flicks using the Lowry system seem to upscale very well .Probably because the grain patterns are frozen they exhibit less noise when subjected to greater scrutiny(such as that provided by the Sony).
Other mastering/authoring processes such as the one used by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging which is called MTI(Mathematical Technologies Inc) does not lend itself well to 4K "surveillance".
As an example:
Sucker Punch(a modern flick-mastered by Warners from the 2k Digital Intemediate) looks plain ugly on the Sony.
Alien looks fantastic(mastered at 4k but using the Lowry patent).
Sucker Punch looks far more more organic on the Panny.
I am hoping to get an upgrade from my dealer later this year for the 1000es(here in the UK the time frame is unlimited).