It's kind of an odd predicament. I say this because not all constituents of image quality weigh the same. Contrast and brightness weigh much heavier than the others in terms of what most people prefer in their image. Yes, it's true the Sony does have a small advantage in image sharpness and an even smaller advantage in motion performance, but I don't think these small advantages, which could be argued to be trivial in the context of ignorance (ie not obviously known without a direct A/B comparison) can make up for the massive failing at on/off native contrast the Sony possesses. That is, the JVC is close enough to the Sony in the areas where it performs better that the difference in contrast and extra brightness outweigh these small advantages. This is why you keep seeing these "converts" say they prefer the image from the JVC more. You keep arguing from information that you've heard from other people, who are they? Can you invite them to post on the forum and explain things? I ask because the people who post on this forum and have compared these models keep coming up with an opinion no where near as polarized as the one you keep talking about. It's almost always "close" or "slightly better", not as large as your posts insinuate. That's quite an accomplishment from a projector costing over 3 times less in cost.
While I had the X500 and 1100ES here I went back and forth on a daily basis as to which I preferred more overall. You can track this on the forum with my posts over the last year. One day I'd watch something where I'd go "wow the Sony looks so good and better than the JVC" and the next day I'd watch something else and go "wow the JVC looks so good and better than the Sony". But this year with the extra brightness and contrast the JVCs offer I think it will push my opinion over the edge, especially considering they've also improved motion and 3D performance. In all honesty I don't find it odd that JVC has finally been able to achieve this. Afterall this Sony model is now reaching into 4 years of service. This light engine needs some much needed modification if it wants to keep the advantage in image quality. Boost the on/off contrast and 3D performance and maybe it can once again reign supreme in a way that most saw a few years back. That supreme advantage just isn't there anymore, and again, this makes sense given the amount of time JVC and others have had to close the gap.
I can find those controversial posts where you claimed your X500 was better(or a better performer) than the 1100 after having been round Mark Haflich's house after testing a few Potter flicks(among other things).Ironically enough...it was Andreas(then a 1100 owner) who lambasted you for doing so.
Your tune changed once you became a 1100 owner.
And that is the point.
You defend the projector you own.
You don't defend the projector.
So does Andreas.
I also remember posts in early 2012...where early 1000es owners and reviewers(Art Fereiman among them) were trying to convince Zombie that it really was not a contest between then new Sony4K and JVC eshift.Of course he kept defending the JVC that he owned.....but rather tellingly changed his mind once he owned the 1000/1100 himself a year and half later.
Art Sonneborn initially said that the 1000es(that he was given to test) was superior to his Sim2.
He then changed his mind and claimed the opposite. See what I mean.
In early 2012 ,I was not a member of this forum but would read it avidly.I did not yet own the 1000es(would make the purchase in May 2012).
Had I gone with the partisan behaviour espoused around here...I would have made the mistake of going for the Eshift1 JVC ...or I would be claiming my Panny(because I own it) is better than the Sony!
The fact that I read the "professional" reviews as well as consulting my dealer..... which were all unanimous that the Sony was quite frankly in a different league...made me make the right purchase....both qualitatively and economically.
That is how someone should evaluate a purchase.
The grudging concessions from JVC owners(that the 1000es should be better because of the price) were laughable....and still are.
I see the same attitude is being applied to the new Sony4k 5000.
Poor old Joerod is being criticized for merely suggesting that he is going to try and buy one.
You say that some stuff looked better on your X500 than the 1100.
Guess what....some stuff looks better on my Panny than the 1000(funnily enough...the first 2 Potter flicks...not a surprise given their production chain)
Does not mean the Panny is better.
Same goes for the JVC.
No doubt the gap is closing.....but there is still a gap.
Maybe JVC will never produce a 4K native projector.....because they can't(given all the economic and physical logistics involved) Maybe they will. Until they do they are playing catch up.
I am not here to convince anyone one way or another. The dealers/installers that I consulted are not members of this forum nor would I advise them to join.Suffice to say their opinions/observations were important to me personally. That is what counts.
Anyone looking to make a purchase on one of these fine projectors should be consulting dealers or reviews....not you or me.
I am here to express my personal opinion as you are.
Others can ignore these opinions or accept them but nothing more.