Originally Posted by luismanrara
I agree, so I would have to plaster my face against the screen to see the extra detail and loose on the black levels, lens memory and placement flexibility on the Epson? that's a no brainer.
Ha! We wouldn't want that. For some it will be a bigger deal than others. Considering the price difference, albeit only 20% of the total cost, some people may prioritize resolution close to, or even greater than black levels. Size of screen and seating distance will need to be considered.
I'm not saying I can see individual pixels in a moving image at a 16' distance with a 160" screen... what I'm saying is the fine detail resolution seems fuzzy coming from an 8.3M pixel projector. It's hard to explain. My brain has gotten used the way the HT3550/HT5550 renders fine detail.
If you ever get a chance to pick up and use an iPhone 3GS after using Retina displays sometime I think you'll know what I mean. At a normal viewing distance you won't notice individual pixels on the 3GS unless you put your nose to the screen. However, our brains have grown so accustomed to the Retina display since the iPhone 4, that you can easily see a resolution difference at normal viewing distance.... even at a distance you didn't think you could see individual pixels on the 3GS before.
With displays, the increased resolution is rarely appreciated from the get-go. Rather, it is only when you have to back
to the lower resolution display that you fully appreciate the increased resolution you have grown accustomed to. You feel dirty and kind of 'jipped' having to "cope" with the reduced resolution. Haha - first world problems! This is why so many people are going to be enthralled with the 5050UB - because very few will be coming from a true 4k display. And that's ok! I'm sure even some people moving from 4K displays that have acceptable screen size to seating distance ratios that will really appreciate the black levels, input lag, and brightness of the 5050UB.