Originally Posted by markmon1
Projectors have never offered the best performance. They offer the largest viewing screen. If you're satisfied with a puny 75-80" TV mounted on a wall, by all means you should go that route.
I've seen that you're active in quite a few topics. From what I can gather, you used to have a 285es and got rid of it because of the black levels, right?
I was fairly new with projectors when I got my 285es, it was my second ever, coming from a Panasonic PT-4000 that was already installed when I bought my house. While the jump in PQ is great, I've slowly came to the same conclusions as you.
If there's a little bit of ambient light, I can crank up the brightness a little bit and have a satisfying PQ for the conditions. When I'm watching movies with my family, we're having a great time, it's perfect and we kind of like to have some minor ambient light for our popcorn and water.
At night, my place is pitch black. Sometimes, I like to watch movies alone (GF is working on a night shift so I get to watch movies alone, in pitch black conditions). It happened quite a few times in the past weeks that I was underwhelmed by the blacks. I've got my hands on Apollo 13, 2001, Matrix and a couple other movies on 4k HDR discs. It was awful watching them in those conditions. I had to turn down the brightness a lot to have decent blacks. And once you do that, this thing just doesn't have a decent light output. So it's pick your poison, decent blacks with no brightness or bad blacks with ok brightness. That being said, I have a negative gain screen (Stewart Grayhawk RS, that also was previously in the house) which doesn't help.
Overall, it is a nice machine with the right setup and the right expectations. The movies are fantastic in high lamp if you can tolerate the black floor being a bit too high. Sometimes I just wish I had waited 2-3 weeks and then went with the JVC X790 that went on sale for 1k cheaper than what I paid for the 285es. I'm not sure my next PJ will be a Sony but unlike the other guy, my next purchase will be another PJ. That big picture is worth it.