As the question implies, I'm wondering just how important projector lumen output really is because it's making me second guess my projector purchase. The current 1080P projector line up, for the most part, do not offer what many folks that frequent these boards think is enough. With the exception of the JVC, the rest of the under $5,000 units look pretty low on paper. Even the JVC looks pretty low, but I've read that its rating is an actual D65 calibrated rating so it's apparently fairly bright.
So what is it about lumen output that's so important? Why should I bother with this specification? Is there some magic number that the pro's shoot for when setting up theaters? I can't believe that with so much emphasis on it that there isn't some pretty accurate rules of thumb to go by
I was playing with my Panasonic 900 last night, switching between low and high lamp mode and I just didn't notice a whole heck of a lot. I definitely didn't think the extra little bit of light was worth the extra fan noise. That little bugger is horribly loud with the lamp on high.
I just ordered a Panasonic 1000U to replace the 900 last week, but as luck would have it, my order didn't go through and I have to either cancel it or confirm it again. I was a bit concerned over this whole lumen output discussion when I placed the order, so now I'm looking at it as Karma. Maybe this is some sort of sign, and I should just buy the RS-1? Whatever I buy, I need to pick up the phone and do it within the next 24 hours or so.
If the two projectors were the same price, I'd just get the JVC, but a $2000 difference is a lot cash to blow on other stuff', unless the performance difference is truly there and justifiable.
My room is a very dark Burgundy (walls / ceiling) and I usually have it light controlled. But, there are times when I like to keep the shade on the window open or have some sofet lights on. For that reason, I've got a Stewart Firehawk G3 screen. But in the evenings when we watch a movie, all the lights are off.
The projector is 12' away from a 106 2.35 screen with a CIH set up using a Prismasonic 1500FE HE lens and a VP-50 for vertical stretching, and whatever else that little magic box does.
Can someone help me with this so that I can make a non-emotional decision biased off needs? I'm afraid that the JVC is just the latest, greatest new toy in the department that all the kids want. In six months, there will be another to replace it. But if it really is the one I need, and it's worth the extra money, I'll order one.