Originally Posted by cazten
As for the weakness. I expected better blacks. It does get pretty good, and I dont quite do it justice as its currently in a 11x11 white satin paint room lol. So bright scenes lose darkest detail, but overall its been fine. What concerns me is I was under the impression blacks didnt get any better than JVC, and when I flip all the lights off and put the PJ in "hide screen" mode, where it is just shooting a pure black image, I can notice quickly its not black. Even in pitch blackness with all lights out if I fire up the PJ theres enought light shooting that I can put my hand in front of the lense and see the hand shadow. The parts my hand covers blends right to black with my black velvet frame, but othersise the black image is still easily noticeable elsewhere on screen.
Even with an all-black image, the projector is still shining light onto your screen, and the screen is still reflecting that light back. What you're looking for here is not a reasonable expectation.
Besides, as someone else mentioned, few movie scenes have a completely black image. What you should be looking for here is the contrast between bright parts of the image and dark parts. JVC is better than any other brand at that.
For example, take a sci-fi movie set in space. You've got the blackness of space with stars in the distance and a spaceship in the foreground. Most projectors have to either raise the black level to keep the bright parts of the image bright (thus leaving you with milky gray space) or darken the whole picture to keep the blacks blacks (thus leaving you with a dim spaceship and no visible stars). On the other hand, JVC will keep the brights bright and the darks dark.