Originally Posted by Craig Peer
I think you are experiencing that " law of diminishing returns " in home theater. I don't think there are any " staggering improvements " to be had in home theater gear these days outside of stupendously expensive things like the Christie Eclipse ( $350K ). More like many subtle improvements and refinements. The Lumagen has made many improvements on my RS4500, but I have a scope screen and a DCR lens. And my RS4500 doesn't have DTM. The auto aspect ratio function is great, but only if you have a scope screen. The Lumagen makes having an A lens and scope screen much more convenient. It won't do much for a 16:9 screen user though. The Lumagen's DTM will work better in the difficult scenes and be set and forget, but that may be worth it to some, and not to others. And I do find that at least my U Verse cable looks better, but that's trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear, as they say. " if the costs (present and future) would be considered to be onerous " - I agree, nobody should be spending beyond their means for this stuff. It's a fun hobby, but just a hobby. The new Envy probably makes for a great picture too, but it's $10K. That's a lot of money. These things are only for folks with the money to squeeze the last 3% improvement out, cost no object. You just need to draw the line somewhere in this hobby. I'm probably never getting a Trinnov or a Kaleidescape either. Too much money.
I was only passing along this review by Nigel because he's been a frequent & trusted participant of the AFS Forum community, posting on several threads in which you follow & participate. I was "influenced" to recently invest in the Radiance Pro after being told that it would be "in a different league" compared with a well calibrated NX7 updated to JVC adaptive DTM in my NX7 HT. You may have seen my post from last night in the JVC NX5/7/9 owners thread in which I provided my subjective review after 2 weeks of hands on experience. Nigel has basically stated that the new madVR Envy (Base & Pro models?) are "in a different league from the Radiance Pro", its most established competitor. To that end, I felt that followers of this thread should be aware of his real world assessment of a product which has just left beta testing. The entry level Envy is expected to sell quite close in price to the 18 gig 4242 (although with different form factors). That's a reasonable challenge for Lumagen to confront.
Perhaps because of your involvement in the business of AV, you've been able to own top end equipment (RS4500), multiple screens & external renderer that are beyond the price point comfort level of many who participate here. It's interesting that you've (at least for the present) drawn your line short of the Trinnov, considering how often you host film parties in your HT...........
JVC NX7, Yamaha RX-A3080 (2 discrete 7.2.4 speaker layouts: Dolby Atmos & DTS:X), Lumagen Radiance Pro 4240, 127" 16x9 Stewart StudioTek G4 fixed screen, Panasonic UB420, Sony UBP-X800, ATV4K, Roku Ultra, TiVo Bolt Vox, Vandersteen Model 3 Signatures & VCC-1 Signature, Atlantic Technology (side, rear, front height & overhead) surrounds, SVS SB-2000 (2), Clark Synthesis Tactile Bass Transducers (2), Polk PSW-12
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