Affordable 4K LED/Laser projectors?
Hello. I read with great interest last year about the new Texas Instrument 4K chip and how it would soon lead to sub $1000 or so 4K projectors. A year later and I havent seen anything close to this. Given how big and fast OLED TVs are arriving, is there any chance we are going to see projectors keep up with TVs in the affordable space?
I held off on an expensive HD projector last year, went with the cheap Espon 2040 and it works very well. Great picture, very bright, etc. For under $600 it was a great buy to hold me over. I am however holding out for an affordable ($3K range) 4K LED/Laser projector. I was hoping we would start to see them this year in the $5K range this year and hopefully see them under $3K by early next year. At this point, I have yet to see much if any news on 4K projectors, and certainly not LED or Laser based in an affordable range.
While I realize a projector is not your every day TV setup, the majority of us that have bought projectors do so because they offer larger screens at decent prices.. usually competitive with the 65" or bigger TVs. With 65" OLED (and very good LED) TVs now in the $1500 range (ok.. OLED is a bit pricier..but within the 3K range) and larger models in the $4K to $5K range.. I am starting to lose hope that 4K projectors will be something the majority of us will be able to enjoy anytime soon. What bugs me more is 8K TVs are right around the corner.. granted it will be a good 4 to 5 years before they start to niche out 4K sets.. but at the rate 4K projectors are going, we may not see a quality 4K LED projector for under $5K by then, and by then, larger 8K TVs (with no doubt 100" plus sizes) will start to look more appealing.
Most of those I speak to would take a 70" to 100" TV over a 120" or so projector given price/weight concerns, and that projectors typically require another $1000+ invested in the screen, and another chunk of change for mounting hardware.
So.. thoughts? Any chance the 4K LED/Laser variety of projectors with enough lumens to hit 120" or so comfortably are going to be affordable in 2018 or so? Or should I just pull the trigger on a 75" OLED panel and give up on the hopes of a 4K projector?