Originally Posted by FrozenCowboy
Are you considering a new PJ? If so what might it be?
To upgrade from the VW885 the only 4K laser options are the VW995, RS4500 and VW5000 . Neither is worth an upgrade from a image quality standpoint, especially factoring in price , after seeing the options it only confirms how good the VW885 is. For a new theater build I was considering a larger screen in the 150" diagonal scope range, something between 1.0 to 1.3 gain , the goal was to retain the 60FL off screen I have now for adequate HDR . The VW995 adds a very moderate gain in brightness , for a larger screen there is just not enough difference to make the upgrade a consideration, if I was buying new that would be a different story . Besides, I'd have to pay full price for the VW995, the other options at used pricing make a more reasonable attractive alternative, I wouldn't even consider the RS4500 or VW5000 new at this point, replacements are just around the corner. The RS4500 I saw on a 148" 1.0 gain was a bare minimum for HDR , but this was at 24ft throw and did not have a anamorphic lens . It was running on high just to make this minimum, the noise and heat would be a concern. To retain the 60 FL would require the RS4500 to be positioned at the shortest throw possible, I would reduce the screen to 140" and increase gain to 1.3 as a compromise, add the anamorohic lens . The anamorphic lens would allow me to run mid laser most of the time , avoid having to run high laser . The RS4500 requires a external scaler to stretch for the anamorphic, a lumagen would be required, but since it also doubles as one of the best HDR tone mapping alternatives this eases the pain of the price . I currently own the Lumagen pro and both the Paladin HDR and ISCOIII L already, if I didn't this would have to be added to the cost . The VW5000 would allow me to run the bigger screen, the lowest gain reference screen material and keep the projector long throw in the back where it is preferred. The VW5000 would not need the anamorphic lens either, for tone mapping , something external would be required.
The RS4500 and VW5000 are at the end of their life cycle, so now the other question is, will they be replaced in the fall with something updated . My new home build and theater have been pushed way beyond the date I expected, now looks as though it will be later in the spring before I can complete it . That will leave a few short months unil CEDIA, 6 months until options are available . I may just wait it out at least to see what the potential options will be feature wise and price . The projector that I really want is not available, there is a big hole between the VW5000 and the models below it, hoping something coming will fill that gap . I'm also not interested in paying over $35,000US , $40K would be the absolute maximum . Even if we get the new models in the fall I don't expect the pricing will agree with my budget.
The longer this drags on the more likely I am to hold on to what I have . I'm getting 60 FL off a 134" diagonal scope with the VW885 setup I currently have , I may just be able to suffer it out another year or two if necessary.
This is the first projector I have owned that has not wavered in 500 hours of use, suffice it to say laser is well worth the investment,two years out I would not expect this to change in any significant way , I'm in good shape regardless .