Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
Take a look at my edited post above for the pretty pictures. I believe the Triad Gold In-Room is retailing for between $2,300 and $2,500 currently in a variety of veneers and colors (they can even do custom jobs as these are made to order speakers), but AV Science usually has very competitive pricing (that's where I got my 7702 mkII). Yes, they are passive, but absolutely worth it. Dolby and DTS even have used Triads for immersive surround demos, which I've heard at trade shows. Jaw dropping. Triad's Atmos demo at the last CEDIA easily bested IMHO RBH's $40,000 a pair monstrosities. I'd check out their Silver and Gold line for your surrounds as well. Their in-wall's/in-ceiling's are sonically identical to their in-room models and use built-in backer boxes, but you can use in-room's for surrounds as well. Just remember that monopoles are recommended for immersive surround.
Frankly, I wouldn't get more than a $1,500 1080p projector for the time being while the 4k specs are finalized by projector manufacturers, and you might even find a few half-way decent tide me overs in the sub $1,000 range. Like from BenQ and Optoma. It'll save you some heartache. I've heard a number of incompatibility stories with JVC 4k projectors, which aren't really full UHD panels in the first place (they're wobulated). These 4k units are not ready for prime time. There just isn't enough competition in the field yet.
I appreciate the input and info, Dan.
Frustrating; it seems like I go 1 step forward, then 2 steps backward, in planning this out. Will look further into the Triads, but not sure I want to bust the budget completely at this point by going in that direction. Always an upgrade option should the JBL prove unsatisfactory.
Regarding projectors, I've been closely monitoring the 4k compatibility issues and problems. The main issue has been with the Samsung UHD Player, which has been through 2 recent firmware updates. And there is the HDMI cable situation, where getting long runs (25 to 50 feet and up) is challenging, inconsistent, and sometimes expensive. I understand the JVC is "faux" 4K, but as I said in another thread, "Faux 4K
is better than No 4K.
So it may take another 6-12 months to work out some of these issues, but it seems from what I've been reading that a good result with any of the current JVC eShift projectors should be achievable. And the speculation is that it may be until 2017 or later before JVC has true 4K out.
So while there may be some early adopter frustration, I'm not yet convinced that it is premature to go with the current JVC projectors. It will still provide superior results with 1080p input, and be able to provide close to true 4K quality when there is more availability and stability in the 4K sources and cabling.
Still not sure which way I want to go with all of this, but I appreciate your input. The more I know the more informed a decision I can make. But I also have to keep in mind the "paralysis by analysis" possibility!