Originally Posted by dcinematech
The last couple years Sony has been playing around with the Peltier cooler temperatures on the panels. A firmware update lowered the target temps, I haven't seen the effects long enough but it does seem to help stabilize uniformity drift. They've never stopped trying to figure out how to fix the panel issues. It's just sad that it's been 15 years and this really feels like they're throwing in the towel.
I got extremely excited for the projector they were working on a few years ago, a true RGB laser with dual light engines so the single projector could pump out 30,000 lumens and have one light engine for each eye on 3D. 30,000 lumens, single lens bright 3D, and 10,000:1 contrast would have been a beast of a machine. Such a shame it was cancelled!
Maybe they are just being pragmatic. If they stop subsidising panel replacement they can then use all that money for more R&D on continuing to improve the tech rather than just maintaining the status quo.
There is nothing to stop them coming back into the market at some point in the future if they get the issue licked of course, but when you have a rival tech (DLP) that is technically inferior but much more robust and reliable, it is hard to compete. Especially as most people are perfectly happy with the PQ at the average cinema anyway.
For example: Plasma screens are generally regarded as a superior screen tech PQ wise too, but they were heavy, hot and had burn in issues amongst other things. and the resolutions weren't the best either
It was all improved over time, but eventually something comes along that outperforms it in a more reliable way. I also remember when LCD was smeary, had image retention in a bad way and had horrid contrast, but it was all improved with time and development.
That RGB machine would have been something to see. Maybe they will put it at the top of the range over (or replacing) the 5000 instead. It would mean all the R&D is not wasted if nothing else.
I really appreciate your first hand input here. It is a breath of fresh air to hear the words of someone who has worked on this stuff personally for many years.