Originally Posted by roxiedog13
I don't think anyone will argue DTM is the only way for proper PJ HDR, once you have experienced the difference between static and dynamic, there is no going back. For the average consumer , not sure they will care about the architecture inside the Envy , Lumagen or the speed, for most they will want to know that it improves the image, how it compares to other options, and most of all the price . For the price the Lumagen and Envy are asking , these devices will become a niche product for those with the money and inclination for that small advantage, everyone else will be happy with the on-board solutions, JVC will have this available soon I expect. I believe Sony will have to respond with a firmware update for DTM, otherwise they will loose out on a lot of sales for this coming year. Without new models to market the only selling advantage will be their offerings through firmware, DTM is a big one.
The Envy vs Lumagen will certainly be interesting as it unfolds, both are very expensive, have similarities and many differences too. The end user will have a choice, just like all other AV equipment, personal taste and feature sets will help them make a choice. You can be guaranteed fanboys will polarize the differences to justify they have the best, salesmen and reviewers will also interject to skew your choice , the very reason there is so much conflict.
Everyone who currently has a Lumagen with DTM is raving about how good it looks. Just from that alone, one might ask why would anything need more processing power when what is already out there is doing a stellar job?
This is firmly in diminishing returns territory as far as these high end VP's go, like back when PCs finally got so quick at tasks, that the next iteration (which was xx times faster) made no difference in real life as one couldn't even perceive the difference.
I will be as interested as the next guy to see how the Lumey stacks up against the Envy, but even if the differences are there, to what extent will one image be better than the other one in real terms?
Also, as a free PC based solution MadVR makes much more sense as it can scale as people update their PCs, but this standalone model is costing much, much more than a PC that can do the same thing. One could say there has been enough processing power to do DTM justice for quite a while now.
To me the best way would be to minimise the processing power needed by efficiency and lean and mean code. Come on Sony, you know you can do it!
LOL, if only NASA was into DTM!
Edited to add: In this day and age, one crucial question has to be, what is the power consumption figures of the Lumey and the Envy? If one requires it's own power station then that alone is a minus point.