Originally Posted by tbacos
Hi guys. Been lurking on this thread for a while. I'm considering buying a 520 to replace my few year old Sony which is suffering from pretty bad LCD decay. I read through a bunch of this thread earlier and noticed that there was some discussion about vertical banding under some circumstances. I couldn't really tell whether this was blown out of proportion (as sometimes happens around here) or really something that is noticeable in normal use. I also don't know if it's been addressed yet via firmware update. Any news there?
Bottom line is, do y'all think it's a good time to pull the trigger on a 520 (Mike from AVS gave me a good quote), or would you suggest maybe waiting until post CEDIA to see what comes? I'm not in a huge hurry, but my theater has gone unused for the past year because my Sony is so bad that even my wife commented.
Greetings Tbacos... There will always be a NEW model(s) coming out, and waiting to see what is coming around the corner, can be deep, dark rabbit hole. (we have all been down this rabbit hole)
We are so close to any announcements that may be coming for projectors that might be available in the fall or sometime after the new year, if you're not in a real hurry, you can see what news August/September brings.
I personally don't expect anything note worthy popping in the RS520 price range. If there were to be a LCOS e-Shift tech to 8m pixels, I'm guessing it would not be in the RS520 price range.
We are already seeing advance announcements of single panel DLP projectors hitting 8m pixels with e-Shift, but the contrast performance is nowhere near good enough to bump the RS520 out of my HT.
Could there be a 3 panel LCD projector with decent contrast + 8m pixel e-Shift from Epson or someone else? I have not even heard any rumors of such panels being available at a price low enough to be affordable for me.
Might there be a lower cost LASER e-Shift upgrade to the Epson 10500 or JVC 4500? If I were to make a guess, this is where we might see something interesting announced, but probably not anywhere near the cost of a discounted RS520.
For me, I was itching to replace a Sony SXRD VW90ES projector, even though I still think it was a great performer. Honestly, the person who bought it from me got a great deal on a great projector.
I replaced that VW90ES with a RS520 from an AVS member who was moving and down sizing his HT setup from a projector to a large format LG OLED or the Sony Z9D.
I have no regrets buying the the RS520 this close to any news that might pop in a month or so. I am very happy with the image upgrade from my VW90ES.
Some might even say, before they might spend $6000-10K on something NEW coming around the corner, they might look very closely at the RS620 instead.
Good luck with your decision. If you get the RS520, you will not be disappointed, IMHO.