Originally Posted by Rokker
Hi Mike - yes, sorry that was my mistake. It was supposed to read HDMI 2.1 indeed!
An point noted regarding no projector manufacturer offering the HDMI board upgrade. The reason I asked that was because I just heard from a local HT salesperson that Denon/Marantz were offering that option to those looking to buy their 13.2 channel receivers and pre/pros, such as the Marantz AV8805. Don't know if that's accurate or not, but was wondering that if one company is doing it, would some others follow suit to entice customers to buy their products in this period of tech changeover.
Anyway, my question now remains - is HDMI 2.0 able to transmit 4k at full bandwidth (24, 60, 120hz), with inability to transmit 8K as its only limitation? Or, does it not go as high as 4k/120, and only HDMI 2.1 would be required for that and 8k? Just want to get the facts so I can make an informed decision regarding purchasing the Sony (or the upcoming JVCs/Epsons) now, or waiting a few more months for when the ports get upgraded. BTW, if HDMI 2.0 works for the full 4k spec, then I'm happy to buy it now.
There is no reason to upgrade HDMI in the 295ES. The features that upgraded HDMI might support, the 295ES does not. These are variable refresh rate and 48gbit 8k input. Since the display cant support it, the HDMI inputs need not support it.
The black performance on the 295ES is not that great. It has a little bit better native contrast than your epson. But the epson has a dynamic iris to lower light output on darker scenes and the 295ES does not. So the back performance on the Epson (which is also not good) is far better than on the 295ES. You'd have to move up to a 695ES to get black performance that bests your Epson.
The 3D on the sony is quite good, but the 295ES is a max 1500 lumen (on high) and about 850 lumen (on low) projector. Compared to your epson, it's probably way too dim to give you good 3d.
The 295ES is going to be great for smaller screens in a light controlled room when you're sitting very close and want to benefit from 4K resolution. Is a great gaming projector.
If you're worried about 3d, future proofing, and good blacks, look elsewhere.