"V5 is the first prototype after the tooling for mass production. It requests lots of tuning works.
However, we still decide to bring it to CES to showcase the backers the latest version.
We made several changes with v5 before CES.
For example, the lenses and the mechanical design of the lenses are both new tooling version. The change may lead to new issues, e.g. the reflections, but the issues will be eliminated and the benefit of the new design will reveal after fine tuning.
To reach approximate 30% increase in terms of brightness level, we added 3 more LEDs in the backlight panel from 12 to 15 and increased the LED current supply to the panel as well. As a result, the current supply in other parts decreases and new issues occurs e.g. tracking performance. It's not hard to resolve, the team is working on it.
We use valve tracking technology, the tracking performance won't be an issue at all in the final product.
After hardware and software fine tuning and all the issues resolved, we plan to ship limited number of testing units to selected backers, and may bring the units to more backers to test via roadshows.
The details of the issues and analysis, along with shipping schedule will be updated later "
Seems to me to be a reasonable approach. I see nothing in the Pimax response to CES concerns that would indicate a lack of understanding as to the "known issues". It would seem reasonable to wait for the above mention analysis before assuming they don't.
I, for one, find nothing surprising that a new prototype with new hardware and a new assembly process and a day old and no fine tuning would exhibit some anomalies not seen in earlier versions. Nor do I see any reason to think Pimax does either.