Originally Posted by MidnightWatcher
For me the choice would be easy. I'd get the 5050. The only advantage the 9600 offers is laser light source and a better black floor. On the other hand, the advantages of the 5050 outweigh those of the 9600 -- double the lumens, better perceived contrast, HDR, latest e-shift, lighter chassis. Sure, you'll need a new bulb down the road with the 5050, but it's relatively inexpensive and is a small price to pay for the overall better performance (and its only a matter of time when you'll want HDR anyway).
Yeah I definitely understand the benefits of the 5050... I just don't see myself jumping into 4K quite yet. I'm starting from scratch and it doesn't make sense to begin a collection of physical 4K media. And HDR is still in its infancy. If I decide to continue living in a 1080 world for the moment, would the laser projector give me the best possible picture? They both have plenty of lumens and the laser won't dim 50% in a year.
My S4 has maybe 400 lumens calibrated, and either of these would easily beat that in a low lamp/calibrated mode.
In a few years true, low cost 4K projectors will be the norm, HDR will be worked out and the content will be far more available. And, to be honest, 1080 on a 100" screen looks great to me. Yes, HDR is nice, but I'm past the point in life where I feel the need to have every last drop of picture quality. There comes a point when "great" is good enough!
I guess it comes down to is the laser projector the best possible 1080 experience, or would even a 5040 come so close it doesn't matter?
I'd love to hear from anyone who has seen a 5040 and the 9600 in action! Maybe time to start a new thread...