For an upgrade from you Epson I suggest you consider JVC's new native 4K entry level model RS1000. Although the MSRP is $1K more than Sony entry level model the street price for the JVC might actually come in lower than the Sony. I suggest you contract Mike or Craig at the AV Science store to see what pre-order pricing they can offer. A lower cost alternative would be to consider the JVC RS540 e-shift model which is being reported to being carried over, but with a new much lower price. This model has much higher native contrast than you Epson and can put out a brighter image when both are fully calibrated. The above mentioned JVC models do have a dynamic iris and while we haven't seen how will it works on the new native 4K models that were just announced this week, the JVC DI has been working very well on the e-shift models (e.g., RS540) for the past few years so I would expect an effective DI implementation on the new native 4K models.
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Last edited by Ron Jones; 09-07-2018 at 01:16 PM.