Originally Posted by Andy Lammer
I wonder how you feel about the Sony 1000 vs RS65 -> if you felt the RS65's even higher contrast would sway you to choose it over the 1000, regardless of price.
I haven't calibrated an RS65 yet, but I have seen all previous versions of JVC PJs. Based on that experience, I would still choose the Sony if cost were no object.
Theorectically, the higher contrast image should be preferable. However, when I actually take one these high contrast PJs and use the iris to increase the contrast, I find that I prefer the brighter image with the iris open, even though the contrast is lower in that setting.
Though the difference between 10K:1 vs 30K:1 contrast sounds huge, the reality is that only certain movie scenes will look better because of that. However, if the 10K:1 PJ is significantly brighter than its competitor, that advantage will be visible in every movie scene.
Another consideration is that unless you are dealing with a "black hole" theater, which is very rare in the real world due to the influence of wives and interior decorators, the theater itself will reduce the difference between the 10K:1 and 30K:1 images as seen on the screen. The small amount of washout coming from room reflections can have a more damaging effect on the darker blacks of the higher CR PJ and can reduce its advantage somewhat.
This is just my personal opinion regarding the comparison between the two PJs. I felt they were both in the same PQ league.