I have recently upgraded to a new 144" diagonal, scope, curved, 1.4 gain, screen innovations black diamond screen. Love the screen. Running it with my ancient but still good pioneer elite FPJ1 projector. Projector is quite obviously not bright enough, especially since I often (usually) watch with some lights on. The room is a multi use, movies, pool, games and TV room. It can be made pitch black if requid for serious movie watching. Walls are black or deep grey. But like I said, 60% or more of the use is with lights on, weekend football, kids movies and documentaries etc.
I was pretty much set on a Sony vw1000es, with a panamorph DC1 lens, auto sled, for the obvious reasons of picture, image, and overall sex appeal. That said, it is a ~$25k+ package and I am asking myself the age old question: "how much better" will the picture be versus a capable, top of the line cheap projector?
I see two cheaper options:
1. Ditch the anamorphic lens. Saves ~$5-7k depending on whether I use with or without auto sled. Use Sony's auto zoom, with memory, instead. Research appears to indicate this is almost a no brainer trade off since the 4k up sampling of the Sony almost obviates need for an anamorphic lens
2. Get the brightest, blackest, deepest contrast, JVC, or one of the Panasonic, epson, mits variety that at least claim to put out 2k lumens in torch mode and 1k calibrated. Auto zoom with lens memory is a must-have (which eliminates for example the epson 5020, I think)
The projector MUST deliver capable brightness (ie 2000 lumens although all the projectors notoriously over report), with good contrast and blacks and MUST have lens memory for zoom, and 3d. I know I could get one of the DP cine or projectiondesign entry level projectors for under 10k if I punt the 3d requirement t I've decided not to do that.
If Sony had a NON 4k projector that put out 2k lumens, and didn't cost 25k msrp, I would have bought that in a heart beat! If JVC's best was as bright as the panny or the epson 5020/6020, I would have bought that in a heartbeat as well.
What do the gurus recommend? How bright REALLY is the brightest JVC?