Most OLED-like projector with best HDR local contrast performance <$3k?
4K would be nice, but given that true 4K is pretty much impossible in this price range, I don’t have a strong preference between 1080p vs fake 4K. Particularly, if it came down to two projectors (1080p vs fake 4K), I would prefer the one with better HDR performance (and by “HDR performance” I do NOT mean peak full frame brightness, I mean performance on high contrast textures within a frame, where OLED excels; see below).
Ever since my 55” LG OLED I’ve had for a few years, I’ve realized that after 1080p, to me at least most image quality improvements come elsewhere than resolution. Though of course it looks great at 4K, it’s the HDR content and amazing OLED contrast and sharpness that really makes the biggest jaw dropping difference.
P.S. I wanted to clarify what I mean by “HDR performance”. People are not on the same page as me when they say Samsung does HDR better than LG due to greater peak brightness, because to my definition of HDR, peak brightness isn’t what it’s all about, and in actual *image quality* LG OLEDs absolutely destroy Samsung due to the ability to display HDR textures and contrasts on a fine scale where the Samsung has to blur over (due to the fact that each pixel doesn’t have its own backlight).
So to be clear: I do not care that much about peak brightness (though I understand projectors are more starved there than TVs), as much as I care about the ability to represent tiny high contrast features across the HDR spectrum.
For example, on my Samsung TV watching the pilot of Lost in Space on Netflix, there are some bright flashes the Samsung does better (brighter, without dimming the screen to compensate as OLEDs do) but I really do not care about the dimming of full frame images. What I do care about is when HDR detail within an image is blurred over as every single FALD LCD TV does. In contrast, the incredible detail the LG OLED provides on crisp HDR textures is just amazing; for example, a space suit light shining down illuminating dust on the suit extremely brightly against a dark suit background color — we’re talking about features a few pixels wide, going from dark surroundings to extremely bright, and the LG OLED does this brilliantly.
That’s what I hope to find in a projector. Is this possible?
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Last edited by echopraxia; 09-08-2019 at 09:55 AM.