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I am at Cedia and have seen the new "reflective" Epson, the new JVC 3D, the LG 3D projector, the new Sony 3D model and others including an LED lit DLP unit.
By far and away the huge, dual LCOS projector LG for $15K(?) produced the largest size, better, brighter most realistic 3D image. There is no competition to it. It is in a class by itself.
Sony has a beautiful demo room but the 3D image of their new 3D model is chock full of ghosting and the 3D image with shutter glasses on is dim. It is rated at 1000 lumens which might be fine for 2D but not 3D. This leaves JVC and Epson to discuss.
The new JVC is a nice unit and has very good picture detail and 3D quality. The three new 3D units from JVC are all rated at 1300 lumens. The new reflective (they are not calling it LCOS) Epson unit has a very rich and deep color image. It puts out 1200 lumens. It think in 2D it may have richer and deeper color than the new JVC's but they are close. The two new Epson's will sell for $4K to $7K. The new 3D JVC's will sell for $5K to $12K. Since JVC has 3D now (shipping next month or so) and Epson won't have 3D till January or later then the nod has to go to JVC.
As much as I would love to put Sony in the mix, its 3D performance was the worse of those I have mentioned and perhaps even the worse I have seen here at Cedia. I cannot express after the buildup about Sony's new projector how disappointing it was to see it under what was ideal demo conditions.
The LG 3D projector with its dual internal LCOS projectors is huge but man does it perform. The issue I have with it is the company itself. LG does not have a good dealer/distribution plan in place for their projectors and they do not seem to know how to get these to market with a good dealer network to support them. They claim to be trying to work this out. If I had the money to burn I would not hesitate to buy the LG 3D projector but I cannot suggest anyone purchase it till they get a better dealer and support network in place.
Thus in summary JVC is the one to buy today if you want the best 3D picture with shutter glasses but with a projector that uses the cheap non-shutter polaroid type glasses then LG puts the best image on the screen.
BTW the DLP/LED projector had a nice image but it is too dim to be a serious contender in todays projector market unless you can be happy with a six foot image. Most demos I saw were on seven to ten foot screens. There were commercial projectors showing on much larger screens but that is not what most of you and I are interested in for now anyway. ; )