Last night Definitive Audio in Bellevue, WA held a special event with reps from Sony showing off some of the new projectors, including the 285ES. (They also showed the $60k 5000ES, the $25k 885ES, and the $25k VZ1000ES short throw projector.) They made a really big deal about how the units were hand carried directly from CEDIA, and how we were the first people outside of industry professionals to see one in person. I hadn't read this thread before last night, or I would have told them about
I regret not having done my homework in advance, b/c I would have liked to be able to ask more about the 18 vs. 13.5 gbps issue, though it seems like that's more or less a resolved issue. One thing I did ask about was some gaming applications, but I got two conflicting answers. They both said that the native frame rate was 120Hz. I asked about whether it could take a 120Hz signal as an input. One person said no, the other said that it could if it was a 1080p signal. According to the spec sheet, guy #1
unfortunately appears to be correct:
Computer signal input: Maximum display resolution: 1920 x 1080 dots (HDMI Input only)
Video signal input: 480/60p, 576/50p, 720/60p, 720/50p, 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/60p, 1080/50p, 1080/24p, 3840 x 2160/24p, 3840 x 2160/25p, 3840 x 2160/30p, 3840 x 2160/50p*4, 3840 x 2160/60p*4, 4096 x 2160/24p, 4096 x 2160/25p, 4096 x 2160/30p, 4096 x 2160/50p*4, 4096 x 2160/60p*4
One question that I have now is that first line about computer signal inputs maxing out at 1080p. I am in the process of building a gaming PC which can output at 4k/60fps or 1080p/144fps, but it seems like I'll be capped at 1080p/60. Does anyone know what the computer signal input thing means?
One other thing I asked about was the speed of the iris in the 385ES. The person there said that the iris can adjust on a 120Hz basis, meaning that for 60fps content, it can adjust separately for every frame - and the iris doesn't make any noise. That just didn't make sense to me that it could be moving that much and be silent. But I've never had a projector with an automatically adjusting iris, so I don't know if this is a normal thing. Was the Sony guy right?
BTW, in terms of my impressions, I have to admit that I am unfortunately not the best judge. I haven't checked out any of the JVC eShift tech, and could only compare the 285ES to the 5000ES and the 885ES. (If you ever see them available for the same price, I recommend getting the 5000ES. ) Also, for the majority of the night, they only showed 1080p content on the 285ES. They were saying they didn't have a 4k source available, so they were just going to settle for showing off how well the 285ES displays regular Blu-rays. Finally they were able to get a 4k source so they showed Oblivion in 4k and the same scene in 1080p. The difference was of course very noticeable. I wish they had shown the full 4k demo like they did with the other units, though.