Originally Posted by Deane Johnson
I recently watched an interesting demonstration at my local dealer's showroom theater. He had a $12,000 Wolf Cinema D-ILA set up beside a $12,000 JVC D-ILA. He had it arranged so he could switch the source material back and forth between the two projectors. For those who don't know, the Wolf Cinema is a souped up JVC. The Wolf Cinema blew the JVC away in every respect as it should have.
He then set them up so that the Wolf Cinema filled the 125" 2.35:1 Stewart screen by zooming. The JVC was set up with a $10,000 Panamorph lens to fill the same screen. Once again, the source material was switched between the two projectors. Once again, the Wolf Cinema projector out performed the JVC with the Panamorph. lens. The dealer then pointed out that we were comparing $12,000 worth of equipment with $22,000 worth of equipment. The $12,000 won hands down. It wasn't even close
I'm not putting down the Panamorph, I'm only relating what I saw with my own eyes in very controlled conditions. The dealer should have been unbiased. He stocked and sold all of the equipment used in the comparison.
I bought the Wolf Cinema projector on the spot and I'm now using it with a 115" screen, the largest I could accommodate.. The memory zoom seems to work very accurately.
I would be extremely interested in seeing this demo. There are so many factors that could have influenced the differences you saw that are not addressed:
How many hours on the bulb of the Wolf projector vs. the JVC?
Where was the iris set on the JVC vs. the Wolf?
Were both projectors calibrated and using identical picture settings (contrast, brightness, color, gamma, etc)?
Were both projectors set to the exact same bulb settings (high vs. low)?
How exactly did the Wolf outperform the JVC?
Please know that I am not doubting what you saw, I am doubting the dealer. A simple matter of the bulb on the JVC having 600 hours vs 200 hours on the Wolf could have explained everything you saw. Or the JVC iris being closed down vs. the Wolf, or a different contrast setting - you name it.
Reason why the dealer would push the Wolf over the JVC? There is much more competition on the JVC, since it is sold everywhere (including the internet) while Wolf is a protected line (no price competition). Or the dealer could have been sincere, and never thought to check all of the parameters I mentioned.
Yes, I work sometimes as a consultant for Panamorph, but notice I am not making any claims about the Panamorph lens, just questioning the validity of the comparison. Besides, if the Wolf is that much better than the JVC, the ultimate solution would be to pair the Panamorph with it