Originally Posted by quakana
Thanks Everyone! So, the Faux-4k signal itself isn't all that much better than native 1080P?
Projector aside I am wondering what your experience has been with a 4k source using a faux-4K projector.
I can't say I've seen anyone relate that? Forgoing the PJ's ability, the quality of the source is the real item to consider, the Disc content as well as the UHD Player in use. Lots of variables in the pipeline...and a mismatch can affect it all.
I've been there, done that with all three type /brands of PJs. Including the latest top end JVC (NX9)
You can be sure that the quality of both the Signal Source Content as well as the Player has everything to do with it all when the PJs' themselves are fairly equally matched. A really good UHD player need not be horrendously expensive....a Sony UBP-x800 or the LG UBK80 orUBK90...all deliver superb 4k to any compatible Fuax-4K machine.
Faux-4K reproduced from 4K UHD content on either a F-4K Epson or JVC is in every way superior to a straight up 1080p image. 1080p up-conversion isn't far behind, but very dependent upon the quality of the content.
The 8000's image was deemed a bit soft by many, albeit very smooth and pixel free....more so the latter than a Epson, but not 'quite" the same as a JVC. With all my Panny installs I used image enhancement to sharpen the picture just enough to compensate. No such effort was ever needed with a JVC.
Moving into Native 4K, I did not care for the Optoma units (...or the JVC DLP...) much...finding their light uniformity lacking and the mechanics noisy. But the clarity of image.....PDG.
The JVC NX9......well it is to die for, but so also is a new Mid-Engine 'Vette, but I doubt I will have either in my personal possession anytime soon. (...a Lottery win notwithstanding)
Basically, it all boils down to the ability to buy into the machine that one covets. I find that many of the Members as well as potential "in the know"customers still feel the very best image for the money spent comes from the older JVC models (x790r - RS540)......hands down. Next up is the Epson 5050, especially for those with big screens and a burning desire for vibrant HDR. For the Cheese & Crackers crowd, the Optoma s fill that niche nicely, and I've had owners of the lower end of the budget scale wax effusive on both the UHD-51ALV as well as the uber-inexpensive UHD-50. The latter being a very pleasing value.
So in order (...and omitting the NX9)
- JVC x790 / RS-540
- Optoma UHD-51ALV / Epson 5050 (dead heat)
- Optoma HD-50 (...save $$$ and buy a really good UHD BluRay Player...)