Originally Posted by krholmberg
Thanks for posting your impressions on the forum Art. The fact that you are strongly considering getting one for yourself is the real endorsement
Truth is, I love to watch projectors... When a projector leaves my "testing" room, and goes into my theater, I watch movies and HDTV, I essentially never "watch" the projector.
Usually if something jumps out at me when a projector is in the theater, it's a problem.
Many of you folks are more into the tech/tech performance, I often suspect, than the watching of content. Which is fine by me.
In my tainted youth, managing high end (actually exotic level) stereo stores I quickly became a "Stereophile" instead of an audiophile. It got so bad, I wouldn't listen to some favorite bands, because my sound system was state of the art, and many of the bands, put out records with lousy production quality, poor pressings. It drove me crazy. Took me a year or two to tune out the technology and get back to being completely focused on the music.
I try to do the same when reviewing. it ultimately comes down to what makes the movie or other source look great, and not inflict itself on the viewer.
The JVC is the best under $10K projector I have encountered to date. Everytime I popped in another HD or Blu-ray, or watched some HDTV, it was obvious. I rarely tolerate watching SD TV in my theater - it's too painful on a screen as large as mine. I have other rooms for regular TV.
Be it the rich, intense colors even very dark ones, or essentially never a flat black area missing shadow detail, those are all part of it, but really, the JVC just made everything look amazing. Both the Sony, and my BenQ PE8720, never got that close in terms of "wow" factor. To me, it's not so much what goes in to making a great projector, but "what comes out".
I doubt that a movie theater these days can surpass the JVC (in wow factor if not many technical aspects). With current laws, there is more ambient light in theaters (at least in California) I still get out at least once a month to the movies, (it helps keep perspective) and all those exit lights, and sconces, prevent any theater I've been in (especially digital ones), from coming close to the black levels you can have with this sucka. I now can't wait to finally replace the BenQ, and once that's set, finally get my walls darker. They're off white now, and believe me, I can tell the bounceback affects the JVC's performance (my testing room has fairly dark walls).
Everyone have fun, I'm out of here for the weekend. Gotta recover and finish an Optoma HD73 review, for those not as fanatical or as willing to part with "the big bucks". -art