Yet another variation on the projector flat panel debate. I think we had one two weeks ago.
I actually agree with everyone so far.
“anytime soon” is a subjective term when it comes to these technologies baring any global catastrophic event plunging technology backwards. I’m old enough to think of 5-10 years as a short time span and I look at what was commonplace in home entertainment 10 years ago and if I go back 15 years it was stone age compared to the cheap stuff today even. Technology if left to its own is and has been progressing exponentially for at least the last few hundred years. Anyway it is growing so fast it makes for me speculating on the future really hard.
I do agree a cheap lenticular screen that comes in a 60” long cardboard tube with some peal and stick attachment for the wall shouldn’t be that hard to get a huge image.
So we slap the above $99 screen on the wall and set our $2000 laser UST projector some approximate distance below the screen turn on the projector and it scans finding the 4 corners of the screen and self adjusts the optics to a perfect fit and focus. The screen will look black as the laser will produce more than enough lumens for the 120” image working with the screen.
I agree no one wants to lug a 120” flat panel up the 4 flights of stairs to Sheldon’s apartment. And if they ever do get the elevator fixed it wont fit anyway.
Is there really any difference if a black surface reflects 1000 nits or if it produces 1000 nits of 16k image on its own. All these things are just technology problems to overcome. As a kid I couldn’t believe a CRT tube could produce 3 colors. Just as Edison I’m sure saw color film a stretch as he was working on making a moving image in B&W.
Most likely what we will be watching won’t be ether or any of the above methods. The breakthrough hasn’t happened yet.
Again a long time might only be 5-10 years. It seems like yesterday I read about this DLP thing and I thought, that is just imposable. Tens of thousands of mirrors tipping and tilting super fast and light syncing from a color wheel and data streaming fast enough. No way will that ever work. I remember the immortal words of my calculus teacher in high school, Mr. Shepard “ You must be dreaming if you think someday a computer will be able to play chess young man!” He went on to explain how hard it would be to program even tic tac toe with ones and zeros. “Computer chess will stay fiction on Star Trek young man!” 4,000,000 mirrors now that’s a pipe dream.
It is fun to talk about this but none of us really know anything. All I know is I have replaced my TV 100% with a $500 projector and $25 of paint for a screen. It gives me more than I could have dreamed of for a 110” TV twenty years ago and to think I paid 800 bucks for a VHS player recorder when they first came out. I was so proud of that thing. Friends and family drove over to watch stuff on tape.