NZ reviews on AVS seem fair and critical.I think they can expose a lot of things that take more time and extensive use to expose that reviewers typically don't because of the short time they spend with the product, so yes the quirks and degradation you refer to. QOL type things are high up there that often don't get discussed in pro reviews, like the insane amount of time an NX projector takes to handshake an HDMI signal that I don't recall getting much attention in professional reviews until I read the NZ ones talking about it being a big step up in that regard. I hop sources and resolutions so much that would be a pretty big roadblock for me, so it's nice to know heading in. The premium I paid for my NZ over the NX might be worth it for that alone lol. But definitely a grain of salt is required in many cases.
Professional reviews are tricky. There are a lot of reputable ones out there and then there are the type we've seen for the new Epson's where they're mostly bullocks being used in poor environments with so many important aspects left not being paid attention to and discussed, like tone mapping in this new line. The one thing I was most interested was Tone Mapping (I'm confident that applies to many others) and that was barely even touched on if at all on these youtube "reviews". The nature of reviewing products has really gone downhill with so much of it being nothing more than veiled promotions.
There's also the objective to subjective matter. I'm interested in some quality audio products, but if I believed AudioScienceReview on everything they measure, I'd be making all my decisions based on measurements that are usually inaudible. So much of what you hear is subjective and I'm sure that applies to what we see in the projector world as well, albeit much less so.
I've been checking them out. What are you seeing? Better or worse than pro reviews?
I find it amazing how reading through the owner threads gives me NZ8/9 envy even though I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to afford an NZ7. There's always something better.
Some are stating the laser is annoying and not refined dimming wise, the bright corners are still an issue on high/medium laser. However they are much much much better than the NX's bright corner issues and the NX's dynamic iris (or lack of movement) issue. So basically, an absolute improvement.
So overall a very fair assessment of improvements made whilst still being critical. Really just what you'd expect of enthusiasts who have paid their own money but are past or no longer have honeymoon periods with their gear which seems to be AVS.
I think you got an incredible machine. If I could find one for the price I'm willing to pay (I'd like to start negotiations and pretend RRP is £10,000), I'd be all over one.