Originally Posted by devo235
1. Agreed. I will be getting the largest screen that will work for the room. 135"+ is what I am thinking.
It's looking more and more like the JVCs are the only option for me. Their entry-level model is still over my budget, so I may resort to looking in the used market to get the blacks I crave.
Are there any other new projectors besides JVC, people can lead me to, to get great blacks while staying under $2000?
Given the screen size, I would suggest a Benq w6000 instead. Although the Native black levels aren't great, the IRIS does a nice job of fooling you on certain types of scenes. Also, it's really really sharp and produces a nice image, but it does require some extra calibration.
The Acer 9500bd won't be much better in blacks (if any) than the Benq w6000, the Benq w6000 has the better IRIS anyhow. It depends if you want 3D or not. You can find deals on the w6000 at times (or at least you could), sometimes I see it for $1299, Fry's even had some for $999 but they went fast. There are some scenes the ACER might win on, but the IRIS cannot be configured as much as the Benq, and honestly the difference in Native On/Off isn't much between these two projectors. The Benq is also sharper than the Acer.
The Epson 8700ub, JVC HD250, nor the other ones people have mentioned will be bright enough after any lamp wear for a 135" screen.
There are a few issues with doing it like this. 135"+ is really really big unless you have some serious gain, it's too big for most any of these projectors, even the JVC's. At that screen size, you will get good blacks, but you will also have no whites
IME, even the RS-45 (The one I own and the brightest of all JVC's) will not be bright enough on a 135" without 2.0 gain after 100-200 hours in LOW LAMP MODE. It will barely be bright enough with the aperture open all the way maybe until 300 to 500 hours in lamp high. This is an expensive proposition to keep replacing the lamp.
The 8700ub can do it in torch mode, but it won't look that accurate. The Benq w1200 is one option, but no IRIS. The Mits hc4000, well forget it, it's not even BALLPARK bright enough for these giant screen sizes. The Viewsonic Pro8200 is good and ok blacks, but no IRIS and cannot compete with the Benq w6000.
What does that really leave under 2k, I'd say it leaves you with a Benq w6000 as the head contender.