Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
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Thanks a lot for your input Ron, much appreciated. You raised a lot of very good points that really got me thinking about the suitability of the jvc for me.
Interesting point with the ansi contrast ratio... when I previously compared my epson side by side with my Mits HC5, it showed that the epson had the advantage in certain scenes that were mixed bright/dark, and maybe the ansi cr had something to do with that. The epson just pops on some scenes. So my mits hc5 is probably a pretty decent representation of what I would get with the JVC given it uses the same tech (albeit of different vintage and slightly different slant - sony supply vs. jvc) and a native cr in the ballpark of the jvc. I found the mits to be very subtle and very natural looking, but maybe a touch dull at times (low ansi?). The JVC of course would offer a few more lumens, higher (slightly?) native contrast ratio, and a useable iris over the mits though, but like I say, maybe a ballpark representation of the jvc... and if that's the case, it has me reconsidering the jvc.
Any idea how the sony 50/55 would stack up to the epson/jvc in ansi? Is the lower ansi an intrinsic limitation of the lcos/sxrd tech?
Thanks for confirming the lumens. So I would only hit 600 lumens with the auto iris set to full range and not limited to -7/-8 as I have seen suggested. Leaving the iris in its full range would have some negative effects, correct? Alternatively, I could leave the iris off, but then I might as well just grab a jvc x55 from last year likely... Hmmmm, more reasons to reconsider the x500.
I can see the sde with the epson. My seating distance (which I didn't, but should've provided) is ~12'. With the epson, text for example looks very digital and jagged, but on actual filmed content, it's not a huge issue (I've been bothered by other pj issues a lot more - squeeling ptae7000 iris, crazy sounding benq w7000 iris, hd8600 iris pumping and poor dark scene performance to name a few). Coming from the mits hc5 though which throws that smooth as silk invisible pixel type image, it was a bit of a jarring change going to the epson. I have adapted now though!
I agree on the screen size, I think most members here would suggest a higher gain or a smaller screen. My thinking on the large screen is that I can always mask to make the image smaller if necessary, pjs are only getting brighter every year, 4k is right around the corner making viewing at closer distances crisper, and it really is neat to have that screen filling nearly all of your field of vision and being so immersed. I am fine with the 600 lumens the epson is throwing at the moment though, and find it to be quite bright. Throwing the epson into high lamp mode definitely did not leave me wanting to leave it set that way (and not just because of the fan noise, or color shift, but because I just did not find I needed that extra brightness). I may find my position changing as the bulb ages but I can always reduce my screen size and mask, use high lamp mode, or replace the bulb I guess. As well, with the coated higher gain screens, rightfully or not, I am paranoid about texture issues. I have gone through a few screens and any sort of texture variation immediately has jumped out at me and I can't stop myself from focusing on it, making something like hockey which I enjoy virtually unwatchable.
Given that you have seen these pjs, any thoughts on the motion performance without fi on the jvc vs the 5020?
Thanks again for your input.