I bought a Sony VPL-HW45ES two years ago. The room is a darkened room, but the room isn't perfectly light controlled as the walls are still moderately light in colour. I didn't want a bat cave, and I couldn't be bothered to repaint all the walls anyway. I also don't like dark ceilings.
Because of the above and because there is no iris, blacks are more grey and sometimes some scenes can look a bit washed out. But usually, it looks quite good. I'm also impressed by Sony's upscaling algorithms. Better than most of the competition.
There are other issues though:
1. I want Atmos tracks but some studios only release Atmos on 4K disks. So I bought 4K player only to realize that 4K discs don't look right on SDR equipment. So I returned the inexpensive Philips 4K UHD Blu-ray player and then I bought Panasonic UB400 in order to do proper HDR to SDR conversion, so that I can get the Atmos tracks. BTW, it seems the Philips was just a rebranded Panasonic, but missing the HDR to SDR converter. Everything else seemed nearly identical on the two machines, including the odd interface.
2. It turns out I couldn't play Netflix AT ALL on that 4K UHD player. The player is happy to downsample 4K to 1080p for 4K UHD Blu-ray but not for Netflix. The Netflix app would simply refuse to launch, saying I don't have the DRM support. So, I then went out and bought a "special" HDMI splitter that does the handshaking and solves the DRM issue, and that allows me to watch Netflix. Interestingly, only 1080p h.264 streams are sent. There is no 4K HEVC streaming that is downsampled to 1080p.
3. Not sure about the projector, but my Bell 4K TV PVR refuses to handshake through my receiver to my 1080p TV. Just doesn't work. Works fine directly connected to the 1080p TV and works fine through the receiver to a 4K TV, but won't work through the receiver to a 1080p TV. It gives me a DRM message again.
In retrospect I would have been much happier if the projector just had the option to accept 4K inputs and downsampled them to 1080p, although that would also mean it would need to do HDR to SDR conversion ideally. It could cause image quality issues I suppose (because of HDR), but it would certainly be less painful for the handshaking issues. However, now that I got everything dialled in, I'm good with my setup.
However, my next purchase will not be a projector. Not a 1080p projector, nor a 4K projector. It will be a 4K TV, likely higher end VA panel, at about 75-85 inches. I'd go with OLED, but can't stomach the cost. I will likely spend about $2500-$4000 US for my TV, as long as it has good native contrast and blacks, and proper local dimming.
Last edited by BuGsArEtAsTy; 08-01-2018 at 06:00 PM.