Kris,They put out 2K DIs because that was what the production settled on, it has nothing to do with the home market, it was a 2K DI when you saw it in the theaters on those 60'+ screens and no one was bitching then. How many people care about what the projector is at a local theater? Or the fact that the contrast ratio is like 2K:1 at best? Or that they are using a 4K projector and 99% of the films on it are in 2K? Or that they have a 4K projector with a 4K movie but they left the polarizing filter in place in front of the lens and are now getting like 40% of the light robbed and the resolution more than halved? We micromanage our home theaters because we are bored and have a hobby, but it is MUCH MUCH worse in commercial theaters and we turn a blind eye constantly, and the price of admission is WAY higher per movie!
JVC does not provide firmware updates for tweaks because their firmware update process sucks and provides a really high risk of bricking the projector. So risk management says it isn't worth it for tweaks unless at the same time they are fixing something that is actually broken. The 4500 has a USB port for FW updates and hopefully we'll see this with newer models going forward. That should provide JVC with the means of doing tweak updates and less risk of bricking. I'm not happy with that reality, but I understand it from their business standpoint.
Thanks for taking the time to reply.
I bought and built a HOME theater so I wouldn't have to go to the local cinema. I rarely due and only for blockbuster IMAX 3D at that (Star Wars, LotR, etc.). The fact that movies are generally worse there only makes my decision better. Studios have a long history of remastering. If they choose not to do so BEFORE initially bringing them out a disc proclaiming to be 4K, but do so later with a few extras to double-dip; then that still sucks.
As for lack of firmware updates, I'm not going to cut JVC any slack at all when it was their decision to NOT put a USB connection on these projectors. Those have been around for a long time. They could also have looked at using the Ethernet connection. I've been updating my players and AVRs with these methods regularly. There's really no excuse including fear of bricking. I suspect their business decision is more about getting us to upgrade to the 4500 than anything else. In my case, that's not going to happen unless I hit the lottery....and I don't play. Like most, I'll have to wait for these benefits to trickle down to affordable projectors years from now.