Originally Posted by Gabuk
Thanks, Kelvin. Helps a lot. I was highly considering the JVC X35 but since I watch a lot of football and play console/pc games, it may not be the right fit. I am going to try and see a JVC in person and see if they have any sports/fast moving content to display or a console connected to it.
In the long run, it seems like I should save up for a better lens if I decided to go CIH.
Really appreciate the help.
All of the different projectors you are considering are LCD based in some way or another, so all of them should have roughly the same motion issues associated with the technology. I have not heard that the JVC is any worse in that regard, so if you have any information to the contrary I would be interested to see it. Geoff Morrison in the last Sound and Vision reviewed the Sony HW50, the Epson 6020 and JVC RS55 all side by side, and IIRC, they all tested out about the same re: motion resolution. However, the JVC clearly was the winner in terms of contrast. Keep in mind, though, that the actual contrast ratio you will get will depend on screen material choice and how light the walls and ceiling are in your room.
If you want to go the zoom route, JVC will provide arguably the best PQ in terms of contrast but probably the highest cost. My subjective opinion is that the Sony has the crispest and brightest calibrated picture of the three.
RE: the CineVista. Both the JVC and the Sony have the zonal convergence that Kelvin mentions. With both projectors you can dial out the aberration from the lens pretty effectively (assuming you even notice the aberration to begin with). RE: possible resolution loss, I can't comment on the JVC since I have not personally tested ECC on it yet. However, with the Sony I have done extensive testing and can claim no apparent resolution loss when using the correction. In fact, I did a blind test with 3 subjects turning the ECC on and off using a single pixel test pattern. People could clearly see the benefit of the zonal correction because the color fringing disappeared, but they could see literally zero degradation of image sharpness / resolution using the Sony's system. FYI, I did the initial test without the CineVista in place, simply correcting the inherent aberration / panel misalignment of the projector itself. I then put up our HTPC desktop and displayed fine text with ECC on and off and the only apparent difference was the lack of fringing with ECC on. We were all looking for any apparent softness to the text, image borders, etc with ECC on and could literally see none. The test was duplicated with the CineVista in place with identical results. So, I think I can pretty definitively say that the Sony ECC processing does not negatively impact the picture in any visible way. Ideally, I would like some of the folks here on the forum with an HW50 and the CineVista to confirm our findings, because I totally understand the inclination to be skeptical of manufacturer claims. My one disclaimer is that we did not test this same system on a JVC, but I have no specific reason to think the results would be any different.
As far as saving up for a better lens, that has its advantages too, as the Panamorph UH480 and DC1 do not have any aberration to begin with (as well as certain lenses from other manufacturers).