Well we are closing in on 2021 and the old XTAL thread has been closed out due to inactivity.
So Ive been talking on the phone and emailing with Andrew “Ondrej” from XTAL. He’s in Sacramento CA helping set up the a new XTAL outlet in California. Im probably going to pull the trigger on the XTAL 5K. Sure the Pimax 12K to be released next year but thats a whole year or 2 ) away. The 8KX is useless to me due to the well known eye strain issue. I havnt been able to play in wide FOV for a while now and tired of waiting for other manufactures to come out with wide FOV and OLED, lets hope the Pimax QLED panels deliver because Im spoiled with OLED panels, which is another reason to get the XTAL 5K. I cant afford the newer XTAL 8K and just barely able to choke down the cost of the XTAL 5K.
The old XTAL thread was for the 5K(OLED) model and XTAL has released an 8K(LCD) model and are phasing out the 5K unit. So I thought I would post this thread for any updates that you XTAL users, or future XTAL users, might have or that might want to throw in their 2 cents.
Since the XTAL lenses utilize most of the OLED panel, unlike the Pimax 8KX using about 3/4 of the panel, I think the XTAL 5K image will be closer to 8KX regarding clarity and SDE than any other wide FOV headset available at this time. I posted some pics of the XTAL 5K, 8KX and 5K+ pics for verification. In the “thru the lens” pic with the 5K+ and XTAL 5K you can see the XTAL is clearer, and in the “thru the lens” pic of the 5K+ and 8KX you can see that the 8KX looks similar to the XTAL 5K. Im going to be asking Andew if he has been able to do A/B comparisons with the XTAL 5K and the 8KX. What do you guys think?