Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein
About to buy my first front projector. I am a bit on a budget, with $3k being the highest price I would consider for a projector. I think I might be able to get the DLA-X35B for dealer cost.
However, I have to be honest, JVC is the last projector I have been considering, though it rates higher than most on picture and black levels.
You see, I am 3D guru. I run a website where I review 3D films. I have well over 100 titles. 3D is my primary purpose for a projector.
So, from all the reviews I have read on the JVC, it seems that other projectors overshadow the JVC on 3D because of brightness levels.
Right now, the Epson 5030UB and Sony HW55ES are the two frontrunners.
Thought I would come here first, however, and find out what actual JVC owners thought of the 3D output on their projector. I am looking for a bright 3D picture -- because that format needs as much luminance behind it as possible.
Thank you in advance.
I watch quite a few 3D Blu-rays on my RS46 (identical to the X35), and find it to be very good indeed. There are a number of things to think about though, and just focussing on which is the brighter projector may not get you the best result.
3D glasses themselves obviously reduce the amount of light entering your eyes, but I don't find that to be an issue. I actually think it results in an improvement of the already fantastic black levels that the X35 is able to produce, and I very quickly get used to the lower peak brightness.
I find that the black level is the most critical aspect of image reproduction, and I therefore run with the iris as small as possible for 2D content (which gives the best contrast ratio), and then wide open for 3D content with glasses.
In my experience, the impact of your image quality will be affected something like this:
- Room Treatment
If your room is totally un-treated, and by that I mean that the walls, ceiling, carpets and furniture are all light coloured, then a brighter projector will wash out the image all the more, because there is that much more light reflecting around the room.
Assuming your room has some treatment to avoid reflections back onto the screen, and your screen is not deliberately reducing the light level to try to improve perceived contrast ratio (a grey screen), then I think that the JVC projectors are more than bright enough.
As a slight aside, though very much related... If the sides of your viewing environment are lightly coloured, then you're much much more likely to see reflected light off the walls in your peripheral vision at the sides, rather than through your 3D glasses.
The perception of flickering is greatly increased when you can see light both through your 3D glasses, and out the sides. I personally prefer the Panasonic glasses over the Samsung's for this reason. The Panasonic's have a much wider arm, therefore blocking more light out the sides.
That's my 2c anyway...