have you viewed the jvc? i'm just wondering because I found mine to be extremely bright. I mean maybe it's not boardroom bright, but watching sports with the lights on is no big deal at all. it's not even THAT bad for watching movies with the lights on.
I snapped some pics to try and show what i'm talking about. all pics were taken with the same ISO setting and shutter speed, but it is a cheap point and click so there's some variation.
the room lighting: lights over the seats on full, blind by the door open, and I took these just minutes ago so during the day. I never watch anything with this much light in the room, and that includes when i'm not using the projector and using the plasma instead. I find it uncomfortably bright.
here's an image that's reasonably bright with the lights on full and the bulb on low:
same image with the bulb on high:
same image with the lights off(bulb back to normal low setting)
as you can see, with bright stuff, it's not a big change at all.
darker content is a little different though
dark image, low bulb, lights on:
same image, high bulb, lights on:
same image, low bulb, lights off:
the camera shows pretty decent relative differences, but I find the picture has a lot more brightness and contrast in real life in all three situations