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Among the highlights of the TXF-3500 experience McGall points to, “imaging fidelity, detail, colour accuracy” and what was described simply as “true filmic imaging,” given that, even from a few centimetres away, no pixel structure is visible. He suggests when viewed up close, the image “looks more like 35 or 70mm film….. and what’s best of all, our TXF-3500 Ultra 8K ensemble is eminently affordable, priced within the reach of many video enthusiasts.”
8K will take some time to get some traction but do products such as the TXF-3500 and demos such as the one planned at ISE 2019 give you confidence that the technology will take off with enough support from the industry. Let us know in the discussion thread.
I wanted to duck as I scampered with Wick through Rome’s catacombs, trying to elude assassins whose bullets whizzed over my head and ricocheted behind me off the cavern’s walls. And, as if the HW-N950 wanted to prove it could convey subtle as well as spectacular, it made me feel like I was one of them during the scene portraying a room filled with operators plugging and unplugging their switchboards, chattering on their phones, and clacking on their typewriters. Dialogue was also rendered clearly, too, even when Reeves spoke in low, emotionless tones.
But it was the film’s special effects, of course, that best highlighted the benefits of the HW-N950’s upward- and side-firing speakers. They filled the fairly large (about 25 by 16 feet wide) room with sound like I’ve never experienced before, despite the room being less-than-ideal for bouncing audio waves off the walls and ceiling. The ceiling is just 8 feet high, but it slopes away from the soundbar at the front of the room. There is a nice, full wall about 10 feet to the left of the soundbar, but the right side opens to a hallway. Yet whether I was listening to knives slashing at the air or bullets whizzing overhead, the directional movement was remarkably realistic.
There are several products Sony offers currently, and there are many just about to be replaced by new models just announced at CEDIA 2018. As new models push out old ones, this might be a great time to get any 4K Sony projector at an attractive price. If you are considering the best of the best, the VPL-GTZ270 is it. As I’ve already mentioned, it is the projector of choice for movie post-production studios and that is a very important endorsement. To use the same projector in your home theater means the chances of finding anything better in this performance category is likely impossible. The Sony VPL-GTZ270 is designed for precision and performance and it lives up to that intent. This projector is without a doubt my favorite and is a clear winner. Absolutely recommended!”
We spend a couple of days playing a range of content, from DVDs to 4K Blu-ray, black-and-white to HDR, and the word we keep coming back to when describing the HK2288’s presentation is ‘natural’.
In terms of aspects such as detail, depth and motion processing, this looks like a projector above the HK2288’s essentially entry-level pricing. It would be a stretch to say that Vivitek has altered the landscape of sub-£2000 projectors, but it hits all the right notes that enable us to sit back and enjoy a film, rather than pick at any obvious flaws.”
And then there’s the surprise star turn. Optoma’s UHD51 will project 3D in 1080p with a 144Hz refresh rate – and it looks glorious. 3D images exhibit extreme depth with minimal crosstalk. Unsurprisingly, there are no 3D glasses supplied, so you’ll need to invest in a pair of Optoma’s ZD302 DLPLink spex. But it’s worth the expense.
The projector does an excellent job boosting brightness to compensate for these shuttering specs, thereby maintaining contrast and colour vibrancy. The menu for Disney’s Tangled 3D, which features a plethora of airborne lanterns, looks invitingly deep, with each lantern tightly defined. Tangled‘s ‘Meet Jack Ryder’ sequence, in which the scoundrel flees pursuing horse-mounted assailants, enjoys grin-inducing dimensionality.
Note that with 3D content, the projector locks to a 3D display mode. You don’t get to choose from any other image preset.