What should I (a non-"purist") get? (a 295? an NX5? Neither)
Ok, first the disclaimer: Purists need not reply. (Skip the next paragraph unless you want to know why)…..
I may own some moderately decent equipment from time to time but a purist I am not. My first projector was a Sony vpl-vw40 way back when. I had it calibrated (by AVS), hated it. Ended up pumping up that contrast and brightness. My second projector was a JVC DLA-RS45, had it calibrated, same result. Now, I have a Sony vw600es, didn’t bother with calibration, just set it up till I loved it. I am way more likely to be watching Infinity War or Mission Impossible Fallout than I am Eternal Sunshine or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Don’t get me wrong, those are great but Im an effects junkie), and when I watch them, I want them to look “ugly” to a purist. I want too much color and a bit too bright. Sorry.
Long story short, I am looking to replace my vw600es with something a bit more modern. My watching habits are probably 30% Movies, 20% Sports, 50% Gaming (and of that, 40% is on a top end PC, the other 10% on modern consoles). Obviously anything newer than what I have now will have HDR so, don’t really need to request that. But, 18gbps and 10bit would be….nice seeing as I can max that out easy from the PC while gaming (and the banding can be a bit noticeable on the current projo). Question is, would the vw295es fit the bill here? I am certainly not big on the whole “mystery contrast” (will surely be lower than what I have now) and brightness drops off as well. If not that, then is it worth it to jump to an NX5 (if I can ever actually find one). Or should I look for s decent used vw665 or maybe vw675 and go with that (granted, no 18gbps there). Whatever I get, I do like more “color” than the purists and like it bright as well….its mainly gaming anyway and purists don’t game…right? So, any suggestions or should I leave now before I get banned for not calibrating properly?