Originally Posted by sage11x
On projectors there are three 'levels' of resolution beyond HD. To make a long story short...
LCoS (Sony SXRD / JVC DILA) native 4K. Native 8.3 million pixel displays. The sharpest and also the most expensive. Prices start at $5k and head north (quickly) from there.
DLP 'True 4K'. Uses pixel shifting to double or quadruple the DMD's native resolution to 8.3 million pixels on the screen. While not as sharp as native it is considered the next closest thing. Prices start at around $1100 and head north (not so quickly) from there.
'4K Enhancement' (Epson) or 'E-shift' (JVC). This is now almost exclusive to Epson as JVC has discontinued all of their E-shift projectors save one-- the X790. This takes a native 1080p projector and doubles the resolution to 4.15 million pixels. It's often labeled 4K-- it's not 4K. That said, Epson and JVC have compensated by offering advanced features and performance that similarly priced DLP and LCoS projectors typically don't offer. So, as @DavidinGA
points out: it's a tradeoff. Prices range from $1600 to $4000.
Thank you so much for taking the time to make this very informative post! This is definitely helpful to me in understanding the differences.
The middle-child you listed, DLP 'True 4K', has peaked my interest. I've very comfortable spending $2.5k - $3K, so I'd like to find out what's a good choice if I did take the DLP True 4K route? But ultimately the question that would come down to is this:
I don't believe I will be spending upwards of $5K on the projector, so the native 4K would probably be out.
i. You mentioned "Epson and JVC have compensated by offering advanced features and performance" - I'm interested in finding out what are these features & performance? Essentially, the main thing that it comes down to (for me at least), is Picture Quality - especially UHD HDR. Do these advanced features & performance somehow impact PQ in a way that choosing the 4K enhancement pixel shift projector equates to the DLP True 4K?
ii. This could be asked conversely - what am I losing in terms of PQ & overall Projector performance when picking a DLP True 4K, as opposed Pixel Shift?
I'm not at all concerned with the Projector aesthetics or even something like Memory. I would definitely prefer Power Zoom/Focus cause I really hated working those wheels on top of my Epson 5010, but I can't say they would influence my decision if PQ is outstanding. I do require a 150" screen which I'm able to get with my Epson 5010 right now, placed about 18 ft from the screen. That's' exactly where the upgrade would sit. They would simply swap places, so I don't need anything different in terms of screen size or throw distance then what I have now.
The Epson 4010 sounded pretty good to me until you disclosed the pixel difference. I don't feel like I'm getting 4K, which is the whole point of the upgrade.