Originally Posted by Bytehoven
There is a nice benefit of having a lumagen or mad vr labs, continually developing and upgrading their feature set, which would translate to any current or future display.
I can agree with this, BUT:
MadVR is limited to a PC in the chain, and won't work with video sources the PC can't provide, so it was never an option for me.
Lumagen is expensive and adds complexity to the chain, so while it was on my list to consider, those two negatives held me back.
Envy isn't out, of course, but assuming it can do what the Lumagen can do, the cons are the same for my use case.
Plus you have to ask what new tech an external processor could add to my current rs2000/paladin DCR lens combo that would make it better? Until now that answer has been frame by frame dynamic tone mapping and an anamorphic mode that correctly adjusts 16:9 content with the DCR lens. With JVC delivering those items it is now just some potential new tech that may or may not ever come or make any significant improvement if it does.
To get EVERYTHING I need inside the projector and working with ANY source, all controlled from a simple interface that doesn't require a calibrator or hundreds of hours of reading forums to get the most out of is invaluable. To do it all at no additional cost is utterly priceless.
Sure, I could get "the best" by adding thousands of dollars of processors to my setup, but to be honest, it is so good already that making it even better is just gravy. Plus, after finishing the rest of my basement I am too broke to even buy furniture, let alone an expensive new toy for the theater that won't add any immediate benefits, lol.
Edit to add: My wish list now only includes an anamorphic mode for the slew of (mostly Netflix) content coming out that is 2:1 aspect ratio. I set my projector up to be at the minimum throw for the Paladin DCR lens and I don't have any zoom left to make the 2:1 ratio work with my screen height. Surely a Lumagen Pro could do an anamorphic mode like this, but really is the cost worth this one small feature?