Let's continue with those 4K UHD DLP projectors. First, most of the lower res ones, for the most part, make no attempt at BT.2020/P3. And some don’t do HDR either. Basically they are primarily focused on their ability to handle 4K content, even if not with all the trimmings." Still, even these lower resolution projectors are very sharp. They have the advantage over the Epsons (and JVC) and Sony in that they are single chip devices, not R, G, and B colors to align (but instead have color wheels, so some of us are bothered by the Rainbow Effect that color wheels cause).
A 4K HDR, BT.2020/P3 image from Ghostbusters 2016, shows especially vibrant, rich colors, very good black levels and plenty of dark shadow detail.
The BenQs seem to have faster color wheels than the others (I am RBE sensitive, so I couldn’t deal with owning most of those – those with the slower color wheels – most of these companies won’t even publish their color wheel speeds). Still, again, sharper than the Epsons, but not as sharp as the Sony I’m staring at. I’ve put two of each resolution up against the Sony at different times – splitting the image on my screens, but the photos I take just aren’t high enough res for you to judge by yourself, you’ll have to go with my subjective calls. I’d really need a 16K resolution camera and display to make comparing easy, and we’re still fooling around with 4K and 2K! My close ups are helpful, but…
If you are seriously considering the VW385ES (or the VW285ES, or even the Epson 5040UB), the primary difference between these and the DLPs is the black level performance, it’s so no contest that I can’t really consider those 4K UHDs to be real competition. It’s like pro football vs high school football, when it comes to black levels!
So, while the 4K UHD DLPs are fine projectors, I like them far more for sports, and drastically less for serious movie content – and also high production TV and streaming, such as Game of Thrones. Well, I watch a lot of sports, but those black levels are a deal breaker for me, and you too, if you are serious about watching those really dark scenes that are so common in today’s quality content.
That was an exhausting, and perhaps the longest attempted comparison section I’ve done, but hopefully it helps you understand, and “choose wisely!”
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