Originally Posted by FOH
I've got an Oppo BDP-95, if you've not experienced Oppo's shipping/packaging, it's quite nice. Also, their 93/95, what a player,...and finally got the aesthetic right. Anyway, me, being an real noob wrt projection, did a bit of reading on your new projector. Wow, what a piece of work. Really cool tech, makes me want to fully explore my projection options,...so thanks for that and good luck.
Cliff Notes on Front Projection...
The biggest benefit of front projection is immersiveness with the huge, bright, sharp, saturated and contrasty image. This new JVC projector takes that to the next level, and beyond. My BenQ was always very sharp, being a DLP projector. However, it was never very bright, and the contrast left a lot to be desired. Colors were always good, but without the brightness and contrast, they could only be so saturated. The JVC does everything the BenQ did, but it improves on the weaknesses in every area.
Here is a Viewing Distance Calculator:http://myhometheater.homestead.com/v...alculator.html
Check out how close you need to sit to a flat panel display to get the same kind of immersiveness as a large front projection screen system.
Another big advantage of a front projection system is the ability to use a 2.35:1 screen. This allows viewing of 2.35:1 "scope" movies in full screen mode, with no black bars above and below the image, and/or no odd scaling of the image to fill the screen. Once a 2.35:1 screen is installed, there are 2 ways to effect this: anamorphic lens or lens memory. The JVC can use both. I haven't finished mounting the projector yet, it's still on a ladder behind the LP. Once it's ceiling mounted, I will install my anamorphic lens. Until then, I have tried the lens memory system and it works *very* well.
A widescreen movie on a large, wide screen is as immersive as it gets. With the dark red burgundy curtains, the black ceiling and dark brown carpet, when the lights are out, the room disappears and the huge, wide image just hangs in space, up front.
Imagine an image this size, with the lights out and all you can see is the image on the screen. The speakers disappear, the rest of the room disappears, everything is invisible... and all you can see is the *MOVIE*:
Yet another big advantage to a projector/screen combo is the ability to properly place the center channel speaker. With a flat panel or rear projection display, the CC always needs to be placed above or below the display. It's impossible to get a perfect "lock-up" of picture and sound. Voices will always "image" from a location that is disconnected from the on-screen image. Obviously, the closer the speaker is to the display, the less prominent this problem becomes. In fact, some people never notice this issue... until they've seen/heard a *properly* placed CC.
By using an Acoustically Transparent, (AT), screen, the CC can be placed behind
the screen where it belongs. Voices suddenly originate from the actor's mouth.
Sounds that pan across the front soundstage, pan through the screen instead of around it. These changes may seem like they're subtle... I can assure you, they are not. They enhance the "suspension of disbelief" significantly.
Not only can one place the CC optimally with a front projection AT screen, one is also afforded the opportunity to use an identical, vertically oriented speaker instead of an unmatched, horizontally oriented speaker. My current system uses a "matched", but horizontally oriented speaker. I bought them used, and the system came with the horizontal CC. I couldn't afford this speaker system new, so buying used, I had to take what was offered. If I had had my "d'ruthers", I'd rather have a third LCR. As it is, the horizontal CC timbre-matches the L/R's exceptionally well. It exhibits a little off-axis comb filtering in the upper bass, but I don't sit off-axis, so I'm not too concerned about it.
My previous system, (3 Atlantic Technologies 8200e's) was 3 identical speakers across the front, with the CC placed behind the screen, and all 3 tweeters at ear level. The current system keeps all 3 tweeters at ear level, and they are essentially identical, (same driver complement and crossovers, same internal cabinet volume), except for the horizontal alignment of the woofers. The solidity and cohesiveness of the front soundstage with my current system is as good or better than my previous system. However, that is more of a statement about Triad engineering and their ability to make a horizontal speaker sound exactly like a vertical speaker than it is about the concept of 3 identical, vertically oriented speakers. The later is the *ideal* arrangement, and only an AT screen allows it to happen.
In the past, the downsides of AT screens were that they were not really acoustically "transparent," and they caused some video aberrations. Both of those have been addressed with the newer, woven AT screens. Woven screens no longer need EQ to correct the upper midrange and high frequency losses. Previous generation, "perforated" screens did need EQ because they had up to 6 dB of loss at high frequencies. In addition, they would comb-filter, which woven screens don't do.
Also, because the holes/perforations would often line up with the video pixel structure, they would cause an effect called "moire", which looked like "flashing" of things that had stripes or banded colors. The woven screens don't exhibit this characteristic. Also, most woven screen manufacturers mount the screen material at a 30 degree bias to the weave, which completely eliminates any problems with moire.
One other potential downside to an AT screen is light loss through the holes. If the "open area" of a screen is 10%, that could mean a 10% light loss. This can be addressed by using a brighter projector. The JVC makes this a non-issue.
Sooooooo... ^^^ those are the "Cliff Notes" on front projection. The benefits are numerous; the downsides are trivial. This new JVC projector trivializes them even more.
It is as close as I've seen to a Pioneer Kuro plasma, but 4X as big.