Originally Posted by BigZAJ
ThiS is the first sentence from projectorreviews.com, everything my room is is everything they say this projector is not for.
That is a BS blanket statement. When purchasing a front projector, here are some key points to know:
1. Front projectors work best with NO ambient light. The more you have, the worse the image will look. Part of this is that black levels and contrast, need dark to create. Remember black is actually the absence of light. If you have a "perfect" projector with pure black, once you turn on lights at any level, that is no longer black and your contrast will drop. That being said, the higher the contrast you start with, the slower the effect of ambient light will have, to a certain degree.
2. Light output is also important, which is what I think the reviewer was implying. But why I said it is BS is that the JVC, though not the highest light output option, is still fairly bright, and similar to others in its class. In fact really high output projectors that still perform well for HT, are over your budget. Plus, light output is only a rating from a projector. Say the JVC is really 1300 lumens, and you have another model that is 1500 lumens (whatever it might be). The 1500 lumen projector on the exact same screen should in theory be brighter, but if it were on a larger screen, that may not be the case. It is all relative to the amount of surface area you are lighting...thus why the blanket statement is wrong. I should also add that a 1000 lumen projector will NOT appear 2x as bright as a 500 lumen... Not how the eye perceives it.
So there are some things to consider. The LS5 is a good projector, but very different than a JVC. Each has pros and cons, but really either will work best with the room as dark as possible.