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Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Lawrenceville, GA, USA
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Good afternoon all.
I am a long time member who has been away for quite some time so I need a little direction. I have built a few Home Theaters with the last one being in 2004 (see old link in my signature). I am now in the middle of building another one and still have not decided on a projector. Ten years ago, I only used CRT projectors as I could not find a lamp driven projector to impress me. I have looked a t only a few projectors so far and I am happy to see they have come a long way in 10 years. I fell in love with the Sony VPL-VW95ES, however, I don’t think it will work with my set up.
Here is my criteria:
100% dark room and inky blacks are very important!
Constant height 2.35 screen (115”) – will be approx. 92” in 16:9 mode
Throw distance may need to be up to 19 - 20’
Must have lens memory
2D to 3D upconversion would be nice
From what I have read, the throw distance will rule out the Sony due to only having a 1.6 zoom. I am very interested in the new JVC DLA-X500R. Although I have not had the chance to see one in person, I have read a lot about it and it appears to meet all my criteria. I have also taken a strong interest in the Panasonic PT-AE8000 but mostly due to its price. It is less than half the price of the JVC. I fully realize the JVC may be the better projector and I believe the LCOS technology may be able to achieve better blacks that I am so used to with the CRT units I have owned. That being said it costs twice as much.
So my requests from the members here is:
Does anyone know where in the Atlanta area I could see a demo of these two units?
Does anyone see an issue with either of these two units regarding my criteria shown above?
Lastly, I know this is just an opinion, but is the JVC really worth double that of the Panasonic?
Thanks to all in advance!