Originally Posted by longhornsk57
Waiting 2 years for a half price drop... I mean by then we'll have $5,000 projectors with 3,000 lumens calibrated full HDR rec2020 with DV support etc.
For $5K this thing looks like an amazing deal.
Personally, I'm waiting until there's a projector with HDMI 2.1, also I want real HDR. 2800-3000 lumens is only equal to about 475 nits peak brightness. 5000 lumens is the least a projector should have to do any type of realistic HDR, ideally 6000 lumens (about = to 1000 nits) or more. The dual projector setup from Sim2 called HDR duo hits 9000 lumens, it fully recreates up to 14 stops of dynamic range. 35mm film negatives have about 12 stops of dynamic range, a projector like this Optoma is only SDR, even if it is "HDR compatible" because it can only render about 7 stops of dynamic range, which is equal to Blu-ray, not UHD Blu-ray or HDR. Any 3000 lumen projector would have that same brightness limitation issue. Don't expect legit HDR10 or rec2020 at 3000 lumens. Hopefully we'll have some 12-bit panels and projectors by 2020, but no guarantees. We will have 8K tvs and 4K RGB inkjet OLED screens that reach up to 98-inch, but we can't be sure when 12-bit will truly launch in display technology, just like we can't be sure when TADF OLED emitters will be ready. Same deal goes for Dolby Vision or HDR10+ on projectors. No spec exists, nor does the technology exist for dynamic metadata decoding via projectors. Even if you could get a projector that hit rec 2020, HDR10 and Dolby Vision use rec2020 only as a container, the WCG color volume encoded in the HDR metadata is only aiming at the DCI P3 color space.
Waiting two-three years is the wisest choice for those happy with current setups, and without extra cash to burn. I'm about to get a short throw projector, I'm going 1080p, rather than be an early 4K adopter on some overly expensive 'ultra short throw' that does 4K but not 3D, and/or proper HDR. Regular short throw works for me, and why invest $5000 on a 4K projector that cannot accurately render any HDR content, even if it can decode it? Seems like a turkey to me. Early adopters get burned. I'm aware I'm combining talk about short throws and long throws as if they were the same, I realize they aren't, but the same thing goes for long throws and short throws, for the most part. Don't invest 5 thousand on a half-baked projector when two years from now you can get real 6000 lumens HDR for the same price. You're better off getting a 4K tv, if what you really want is a legit HDR display. So far, everything out from Optoma has major compromises. When I go Laser 4K HDR long throw, not sure I'd go with 4K DLP, likely I'll go with Sony or JVC. I need something with 3D, lens memory, and also designed to be used with an anamorphic lens.