Originally Posted by FireDust58
Hey y'all - It seemes like the Sony VPLHW45ES
is pretty highly rated. I stopped in to Hawkeye Audio and they had one of these for sale and on demo. It looked pretty good! I'm not really interested in spending much more, unless price is close and performance is considerably improved. Spending less for similar performance is appealing.
- Seeing as though I don't have a specific need for this, is it worth waiting for a new model or 4k (even faux 4k)?
- Any comments on this units performance vs something else?
- Does anyone have one near CR who'd be willing to do a demo?
I think it really depends on what Hawkeye (I hate even using that word) is asking for it. That amazon price, to me, is pretty steep for a 1080p projector today, even though that is a really good 1080p projector.
If it were me, I'd probably be holding out for a 4K or eShift model (I just upgraded to a JVC X790R in December). If you're really just itching to test the waters, you can find some great 1080p projectors used right now for $400-up. I sold a killer Panasonic AE8000u 1080p projector for $700, and that was the higher end of the range for that model. You could use that to see how much use it would get, decide if you will want 4K or not (HDR), play with screen sizes, etc. Then you can invest in a keeper down the road when you have a better idea, and delegate the used projector for outdoor movie night.
Again, it really depends on what Hawkeye (again, that WORD) is asking for the Sony. No doubt it would be a good unit, but at this stage in the transition, I'd hate to pay that kind of money for a 1080p projector, only to find that I LOVED having a projector and WISHED I had bought a 4K unit.
That thing is going to depreciate quickly as soon as you drive it off the lot. Make sure you factor that in.