Originally Posted by Niagara
Hi Steve. I forget the exact screen size but it was about 115" diag give or take. He didn't touch the iris at all on the Sony.
I agree 100% with the review in Enrico's link (the Forbes article review). The Epson and Sony both looked excellent, roughly equal in contrast/blacks and picture quality. But the JVC was head and shoulders better than both in deep blacks. All 3 are great machines I don't think you can go wrong with either. That article is spot on.
My last PJ was bought 10 years ago, the Sanyo Z2. I'm tired of murky greys. For that reason I'm leaning on the JVC for my cave. A little pricy but includes a spare lamp.
So I guess that puts me in the wrong thread. I'll bow out.
No, that's okay. All views welcome.
What I'm thinking is this - the Sonys are known for being brighter than the JVCs, but the JVCs for having blacker blacks.
With the manual iris closed down c/w low lamp mode, or on a larger screen, the Sony's blacks may look better and there'll be less of a difference. If you have a large screen the JVC might not be bright enough. The JVCs give out virtually zero light for black, so increasing screen size won't improve things for them, whilst they will for the Sony.
What I've heard is that the Sony's blacks aren't as good as the JVC, but that they're not a million miles away. I've also heard good things about the automatic iris, though I know they're not everyone's cup of poison. Finally, they're generally accepted as being better at handling motion than the JVCs.
I'm considering a Sony. I'm coming from DLP, and was hoping for good things from the Optoma HD91, but it looks just a little dim for my screen. As a DLP fan I'm used to blacks not being 'inky', so that's perhaps less of a problem with the Sony for me. I am, however, not a big fan of LCD-based projectors' motion handling, so improvements here in the Sonys (over the Epsons and JVCs) is a big benefit.
Will I be persuaded to 'go over to the (not quite so) dark side', and buy a Sony? Will the 55 be worth the extra over the 40? Dunno, I'm going to demo soon.
Your comments are more than welcome.