Originally Posted by Wookii
No, they are high priced (in the case of Trinnov and Lumagen) because they have to build in that future development cost, they plan for their products to be supported in excess of 10 years (at a guess). So that's by design, they know they are not planning to sell a customer a new unit three years later, they plan to develop the unit the customer already owns.
Prime example is Trinnov owners will be getting the new DTS:X Pro upgrade FOC later this year via a software update. Every other SSP owner will likely need to sell their SSP and buy a new model to get it. Or with Lumagen's dynamic tone mapping; rolled out to owners for free, despite never being on the initial spec list when the Radiance Pro was released.
The question is, in your theoretical projector scenario, would you be prepared to pay two or three times what you paid for your 760ES, to 'invest' in such an upgradable platform?
That is pure speculation as to the cost of any mooted platform.
But that is why modular works so well, you can pick and choose you initial parts to your own spec on a basic platform, a bit like a car.
Would I pay more? Yes, if doing so means I wouldn't be wondering what to do with my unit the next time something comes along that would require changing the whole unit. (To get a working iris for example).
I would be able to buy the iris upgrade (or get it enabled in software for a small sum).
To know my unit would be up-to-date in 10 years as things move on is something I would like. It is so wasteful to almost junk nigh on worthless units after a few years use when they still have so many parts in them that could be used.
They have to develop the base hardware anyway, so doing it in a way that means you can keep it working for longer with fewer parts needing to be developed down the line seems to be would be a cost saving.
They need to make sure the base chassis/platform is excellent quality and then it would work.
Making things as disposable as they are now is unsustainable.