In the new Dreamscreen HD/4K, are there any improvements over the original version in terms of lag between what is shown on screen and the LEDs? That is, are the LEDs more responsive now or pretty much the same as before? I have backed the DIY HD Kit, so I wonder if LED strip selection (model/type/etc) will affect lag performance.
There wasn't any noticeable lag in the first version caused by DreamScreen. If you notice a lag, it is probably due to your TV or other device. The new version will be the same but will also offer an option in the app to add lag to match your devices.
So, if I understood correctly: You want the DreamScreen 4K for a 55" TV (=MEGA size), you're an existing customer (ie. you already own the old DreamScreen model with the LEDs for that same MEGA size TV), and you want the 2 SideKick lights as well. So you do not need new LED strips, only the DreamScreen 4K device/upgrade and the 2 SideKicks. That would be the "4K Upgrade with 2 SideKicks" for $235.
If you were a new customer (ie you want to buy new LED strips as well), then it would be the "Total Surround Lighting Package - 4K" for $315. That includes LEDs for any size TV (they send a survey to ask the size that you want after the campaign has ended).
Hard Pass. I think either the technology is to expensive, or its a money grab. I dont think its worth spending more then $100 for the adapter for those of us that had already invested in the full project.
If you leave out the SideKicks (which are completely new), then it's just the 4K Upgrade for $140. I agree it's still a bit pricy for an upgrade for existing customers, but I guess we have to keep in mind that the device isn't just an upgrade, it's a complete redesign, with built-in 4K splitter and WiFi. Good 4K splitters aren't cheap either...
I can confirm that probably the most expensive thing is just getting the unit to work in 4K like Freddy said. This requires the unit to have an internal 3-1 Splitter that supports 4K, as well as an upgraded chip to process 4K resolution for the LEDs.
It stopped working after half a year? Did you contact the DreamScreen team (email, or through the contact form on their website (http://www.dreamscreentv.com/) ? I have found that their customer support with regard to this kind of issues, is quite good.
As for too expensive... I agree that the price appears to be fairly steep, but as I said above, if you consider that it includes a full featured 3x1 (3x2?) 4K HDMI splitter/matrix, then the price range should make a lot more sense (if you have to purchase a good 4K splitter separately, those definitely aren't cheap either).
It's steep for anyone who doesn't need a splitter though. I'm still fine with the original performance, but it seems that it's bugs won't be fixed. The new version doesn't have these flaws, as it seems, but costs a lot of money.
Yeah, you're right, if you don't really need the splitter, you still pay extra for it.
And which bugs are you referring to? The two main issues with the old model that I am aware of, is (1) bad Bluetooth signal. That is apparently a hardware issue, which they can't simply fix with a firmware update. So that is indeed not going to happen. (2) The 3D EDID issue (due to which 3D mode doesn't work with the old one). They said they're still working on a firmware update for that (no idea why it's taking them so long, but at least the old model isn't completely abandoned).
I have one as I'm running an "extreme" led strip with a "mega" sized tv. Any time the system switches from progressive to interlaced, or the other way around, I need to reset the size up to extreme, then back to mega, to get rid of one bright green led at the unused part of the strip.
Hi, I´m a backer too now and chose the HD surround package. I´m really looking forward enjoying my tv with this set, but . . . Guys - seriously? Normal shipping to Germany about 47 US $. I´m quite shocked about it, even I have to pay taxes 19% and customs additionally. On your website the 'old' system can be ordered with a little bit more than 20 US$ For shipping.
So the whole thing will be really expensive for dreamscreeners in Germany.
They did comment on the higher shipping cost of the surround packages on their Kickstarter comments section: "Each SideKick box weighs about 1.5lbs and that forces us to increase the shipping cost."
But you're right, if you consider the shipping cost, the tax and the additional customs/administration charges, shipping to Europe can indeed be quite expensive. I hope they will look into this for the future, maybe with the help of a supplier inside Europe...
Okay, to be honest I forgot the weight and size of the sidekicks, but anyway - a european supplier/reseller would be great to avoid this hopefully great product getting too expensive and would push the sales overseas. Just for example. If taxes and customs added, in US$ it would be 320 or more for a product which is originally 215 bucks.