I do agree with you that there is always room for improvement, it’s just that the N5 took such a lot of saving and selling of other stuff for me personally, that the changes would have to be titanic to make me want to upgrade. And I don’t believe the next range will be improved by anything like the degree the N series has since its release.
Yes a laser engine would be great but how likely is that for anything near the existing price? And I don’t understand the Sony approach to projectors now, they used to be brilliant. If anything, for me Epson could do something amazing with a laser and bring it in under the N5 or N7 - that really would be an incredible proposition and look what they’ve achieved with the 9400 for half the price of the cheapest JVC.
Is the 9400 really that much of an accomplishment? I used to own a 9400 and now have a 9300 and they're essentially the same projector in real term usage outside of:
1. HDR slider
2. 18gbps HDMI chipset.
I think the fact that JVCs are so expensive and Epsons are.. well just sensibly priced and in line with their previous prices; have made people forget how little progress Epson have made compared to JVC.
JVC did a chassis redesign, DTM, they've increased their lumens throughout the past few generations (since X5000) whilst maintaining a phenomenal contrast etc. Their software and preset options are light years ahead of Epson too.
I think if anything, Epson even with the 9400 have been stagnant if you bring into context the 9300. Both similar contrast, both similar lumen output, both very similar picture processing, and both faux 4K (aka not native), both same dark chip LCD, both use even the same bulbs, remote, chassis.
Epson are due a massive overhaul IMO.
Both companies have had nearly 3 years worth of R&D between generations now to release something which can really change the PJ world. Its a massive oppurtunity as covid has caused a lot more people to do home cinemas.