A while back we had the discussion that you agreed with someone in the autistic crowd of high end enthusiasts that suggested they wanted, endgame, a projector that could replicate real life, be perfect black, and have NIT count that could match the sun's brightness. In other words - you'd like a projector that could perfectly mimic real life.
I thought that was crazy. I don't want Hollywood in charge of the capability to damage my vision. I want my equipment to safeguard me against some overly enthusiastic director's intent.
I.E. I don't want an onscreen flash-bang in 13 hours, to be as painful as it is in real life -- not in audio, not in video --- never.
never ever never
Likewise I don't want the sun's reflections off the chrome bumper in The Highwaymen to make me see spots because that mimics real life...
I thought of this discussion last night - when I ran into this same problem on my humble (by comparison to that extreme) 122 NIT image. I watched Manadlorian on Disney last night. HDR is a hot mess with my 5040UB on that show. I mean absolutely terrible.
But at one point in the first episode there is a scene that's very dark on my projector setup in default HDR mode - as in unwatchably dark. In this scene the Mandalorian is getting his armor upgraded, and each time the forge impacts there is supposed to be a blinding white light. Well let me tell you - it was actually painful. The projector was going from pretty much black, to full bore white. It was making me look away with each impact. It made my eyes hurt for a few minutes after.
Yeah, I don't want that nonsense. I don't want HDR either -- at least certainly not in it's broken implementation on the 5040UB. Awful. I ended up working around the issue a little bit by putting the projector in SDR mode and using Dave Harper's Harpervision settings on the next episode. I cleared the issue up entirely on the third episode by streaming from my HTPC using a web browser with 1080P and no HDR.
I have yet to see HDR look worthwhile on any projector. BT2020 is worthwhile. HDR no.