I mean, I get it, and you're right in many ways. But I also feel like; there are any number of Bush 42" LCD TVs in Tesco for £200 and the like, and I wonder if that's not the equivalent? And then I think, you know, this is AVForums, a place for AV nerds. And I wonder how many AV nerds are buying those Bush TVs, which may very well be perfectly servable for Netflix etc. but is it really necessary to review them. Don't we all instinctively know they will offer something perfectly serviceable? And do we really want their picture and features rated on the same scale as Sonys and JVCs?I don't think this is the case at all. My current projector cost £550 and is very decent for my needs. Yes, if I spent more then it would be even better, before diminishing returns kick in. So I think manufacturers do build really good projectors for under 1k, certainly good enough to get that big screen smile.
But the bigger point you are not seeing is that for the majority of people, they have an 'average' budget. Yes that is subjective, but I think compared to those who can spend 3k - 12k on a projector there are FAR more people on here could/would spend £500-£1k on a projector and ultimately the crux of the mater is that after a certain price point it doesn't matter how good the projector is. If it's too much then it's too much and the award/review doesn't mean much because for 95% of people it doesn't help them. It's like saying "you only get a good tv at 3k (good black levels, colour accuracy etc) so what's the point in reviewing 1k tv's that are not as good?". You review them because MOST people will spend that much money on a TV, otherwise you are reviewing TV's for the few, not the many and ultimately, what's the point in doing that? 10 people now know what TV to buy, 1000 people do not.
I'm really not having a go at the author, I think this place is fantastic and the article itself was really well written, but omitting a price point that the vast majority fall into makes the Awards utterly irrelevant to myself and I would imagine, most of the people who are on here.
After all, a 4/10 for a £699 Benq projector helps no one. Not the owner, not the potential buyer. And it's not really something of interest to AV nerds. I dunno. Maybe I'm way off here and lots of people want to see this and I'm just this massively out of touch elitist ****er.