Originally Posted by woofer
My Z1/RS4500 has also been trouble free and still provides the best image from any current projector i have viewed.
I have absolutely "No" plans of replacing it anytime in the foreseeable (and unforeseeable)
100% agree. In my case, I would only add my insert above.
There will always be "better/brighter/faster..." But the image from the Lumagen/RS4500/Panamorph is simply so stunning, it is way, way more than good enough. I fact, the SDR image from my previous RS500 was way more than good enough - but not for HDR. But, Dynamic Tone Mapping from the Lumagen really took HDR up a very large notch. And like you, it is still the best image from a projector I have ever seen.
As anyone who has been in the hobby for any time at all knows, this can be (and for me, is) very addictive. There is ALWAYS something to "upgrade". For example, if I were starting again, my most excellent current speakers (Triad) would all be replaced by Wisdom Audio. But to get there now, I would need to do some MAJOR reconstruction, need a new screen and masking system, etc. I actively considered it. But I asked myself, "if I go through the trouble and expense to do this, at the end of the day, will it make the experience of watching a movie any more enjoyable?" And I could not guarantee that it would. So I chose to give up on that "upgrade".
If I consider a Cost/Benefit Curve of my audio and video hardware, I'm probably somewhere as I noted on the attached:
And as I experienced in my 2 channel days, and in my HT days as well, while it is FUN to spend time thinking about and planning the next upgrade, it also can take away from the experience of enjoying what you already have. I still struggle with this issue but it falls more into the audio camp: "I wonder what it would sound like if I tweak this target curve a tad?"
Sorry for the very OT post.