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I would wait for Zombie10k's reviews before assuming what has better black levels or where it fits. He is pretty good at placing a projector where it belongs black-level wise. Many reviewers and sometimes various people in here often make statements about black levels that are not really valid, there are a lot of variables you have to eliminate to compare black levels between two projectors.
Ever since some reviewers claimed some of the worst projectors at black levels were "above average" or close enough to not matter, I no longer even listen to reviewers on this either.
The main difference between lower-end JVC's and lower-end Sony's was the sharpness, JVC had better sharpness. Some say the motion, but to me the sharpness mattered more. The Sony did have better color though too, so that was another +! for the Sony. No idea on this year's Sony's.
Also, depending on how bright you watch a JVC and how far you close the IRIS, blacks are relative. If people are going to compare blacks, you need to get it at close to the same brightness unless two projectors are just way different in contrast, but when they are close in contrast like a Sony and JVC, the comparison is very difficult to perform correctly for most people, unless you want to measure it directly as in On/Off measurements.