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This is AVScience forum and I guess I kind of dropped the ball here. I had my Minolta meter upstairs the entire time we were watching the projectors. We simply did not have enough time to calibrate all the projectors. The reason Mark invited me down was to go to the CRT Blendzilla meet in Northern VA. This took up about 80% of our time between driving there (3.5 hours round trip each day), dinners, and the meet on Saturday which was the entire day. This was a very informal "comparison" so what I've said should be taken with a grain of salt. Though I believe the overall qualities of each projector were clearly evident. But again, we simply didn't have time to do what most consider a "proper" shootout. Though, I did make it clear before hand this wasn't going to be a shootout anyways. It was me playing around with Mark's Sony and me making generalizations of what I saw. It's really as simple as that. Mark's 1100ES is calibrated with less than 200 hours on the bulb. His room is treated for light reflections and he's using a reference grade screen (ST100) This should have given me a pretty decent understanding of what the image from one "should" look like. In comparison to my uncalibrated JVC, I still overall liked what I saw from the JVC more and I'm willing to say the Sony does have distinct advantages but for me they weren't big enough over the JVC to warrant me switching to one.
The brightness problem is something I can't explain. Maybe Mark's specific unit just doesn't reach the same brightness other units do. But believe me when I say the JVC was brighter than the Sony in high lamp/auto-limited mode.
Last edited by Seegs108; 10-21-2014 at 04:56 PM.