In the following weeks/months, I had the pleasure to meet with the Sony team a few times and check out the C-LED at their Jimmy Stewart cinema in Culver City. This time, I brought my own movies on blu-ray and UHD disc. The demo went incredibly well, but there was still the issue that the C-LED required us to redesign the front stage, replace the sub-woofers, and install this display with an insanely low tolerances for deflection of the support beam.
So, why go through all this trouble if The Wall Lux is a great display as well? Well, Walter put it best when I told him about my experience seeing the C-LED in action. He took one look at me and simply said "You're in love!" I don't think he could have summarized it better.
There are some additional benefits, which ultimately pushed me to go this direction. First, I was able to achieve a 2.0 aspect ratio, which I thought was cool, as well as a bigger diagonal size of 200". But ultimately, the killer feature was 3D. Unlike The Wall, the C-LED supports active 3D. Obviously, not something everyone needs, but I'm a huge fan of the format. Being active 3D, it's not nearly as good as the passive 3D LG OLEDs, but it meant I could keep enjoying my collection of 300+ 3D movies.
For completeness, I need to also mention how accommodating the Samsung team was. They knew their CEDIA setup was not up to par. So they organized a meeting to see an actual installation, which had been properly calibrated. It looked much better, but I just didn't get the same emotional connection to it. YMMV.