Originally Posted by Seegs108
I wouldn't go so far to say that the JVC will have better contrast. Just take a look at Art's review of the HW50. He says that the Sony has better contrast than the RS45 as he wasn't all that impressed with last years black level of their entry model and he expects this years to be similar. So contrast will actually favor the Sony.
Here are some cut and pastes from Art's RS45 review:
"I mentioned on the first page of this review that the JVC RS45 produces excellent black levels. This is important. The black level performance of the RS45 may well be its single greatest achievement
, even though the more expensive JVC's starting at over twice the price are even better. With the RS45, even on the darkest scenes, our side by side viewing with the Epson showed that at its best the Epson could barely match the JVC and on most scenes, the JVC RS45 offers a slight, but distinct advantage
"Epson has reigned for years as the "black level champ" in the under $3500 price range, and can compete in blacks, rather easily with most over $5000 projectors.
That said, it can't quite compete with the JVC DLA-RS45, which is simply better at doing blacker blacks."
Art is starting to get conflicting results. People that have compard the VW95 to the RS45 said the RS45 had slightly better blacks. Art in his review of the RS45, said the Epson could not keep up with the RS45 and know in the Sony HW50ES review, he says the Epson was last years black level champ.
"Blacks look very good. Oh, not as good as the Sony's best 2K projector, the VPL-VW95ES
($6995), but impressive nonetheless. If you see having good inky dark blacks is really important, as I do, this Sony HW50ES projector almost certainly will not disappoint you.
Sony seems to have built this HW50 with better abilities in terms of blacks, than the older HW30ES. With this projector, Sony now is right there slugging it out for best blacks under $5000.This Sony is definitely right up there challenging last year's sub-$5000 champ, the Epson 5010/6010 in terms of blacks.