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#420461 - 09/25/16 11:17 AM Re: Who Killed This Website? [Re: 2x6spds]
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I haven't really been bit by the upgrade bug in quite a few years. I sub that provides a more visceral feel during action scenes is about the only possible upgrade I have considered.

I have no desire for more than the 5.1 channels I currently have, and there will have to be a good amount of content at 4K before I'm interested in upgrading my TiVo and display.
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#420468 - 09/25/16 06:03 PM Re: Who Killed This Website? [Re: Adrian]
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Originally Posted By Adrian
Could also be that the HT industry in general was moving by leaps and bounds years ago compared to today, and many of the people jumped into it at that time and won't be upgrading for a little while.

Yes and no. Atmos and laser projection are leaps and bounds ahead of what most have today. Its just that 'good enough' is pretty damned good these days.

Some things, like 4K don't make much of a difference until you go to quite a large screen, much larger than most people currently have. A quick search shows that most of the world has screens between 40 and 49". The current sweet spot for screen size in the US is 60 to 65".

You need to sit between 5 and 7 feet from your screen to see the difference between 1080p and a higher resolution.

Atmos sounds way cool, but most people, even many of those in the audiopile crowd will have neither the room or the $ to invest to make it work in their environment.

HDR is the only 'new' tech out there that I think will benefit just about everyone.

Those leaps and bound of improvement are at too high a price point and beyond what most people care about.

Maybe someday when we can actually get true 4K streaming... Heck, most stuff is not even 1080 yet.
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#420469 - 09/25/16 06:11 PM Re: Who Killed This Website? [Re: bridgman]
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Originally Posted By bridgman
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I may be watching BluRays at 720p until I'm well into my 60s frown

What screen size are you projecting onto? Going from 1080p on a 55" screen to the same on a 115" projection screen was a huge step up for me, particularly given that it cost no more than buying a 65" TV in 2014. A lot of that was stepping up to a screen size where I saw the full benefit of 1080p.
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#420477 - 09/26/16 08:34 AM Re: Who Killed This Website? [Re: fredk]
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Originally Posted By fredk
What screen size are you projecting onto? Going from 1080p on a 55" screen to the same on a 115" projection screen was a huge step up for me, particularly given that it cost no more than buying a 65" TV in 2014. A lot of that was stepping up to a screen size where I saw the full benefit of 1080p.


Mostly 93", occasionally 104" - 48x96 sheet of Formica in whatever colour was being recommended a decade or so ago. A 16:9 image only covers about 80" wide (93" diagonal) and zoomed-in 2.35:1 only covers about 41" tall (104").

I haven't gotten around to trimming and framing it because I haven't decided whether I'm likely to keep zooming in the 2.35 movies to use full width (poor man's constant area projection) or whether I'm more likely to get lazy and run everything with the 80" width, getting a bit more brightness in exchange for a bit less size.

Every summer (when it stays light long enough to interfere with movie watching) I figure I'll trim it to 80" wide and be done, but then winter comes around, it gets dark at 4pm, and so even the zoomed-in 2.35's are sufficiently bright.

I guess a new projector could give me more brightness *and* 1080p. I see what you did there smile


Edited by bridgman (09/26/16 08:35 AM)
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#420482 - 09/26/16 01:59 PM Re: Who Killed This Website? [Re: bridgman]
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You're welcome. laugh

By the way, as long as you are upgrading the projector, you might as well make that screen a little bigger so you can take advantage of 4K.
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