Originally Posted by anubis05
How do you like your Sony Projector VW95ES. I was considering JVC RS-46 or RS-48 but now that Sony VW95ES offers lens memory modes for the 2:35:1 screen, I am re-thinking my choice. It's hard to get a demo of projectors other than Epson and JVC in NoVA.
If you have a home equity line of credit, that's awesome. They are very hard to get these days. (Usually they won't let you tap into the final 20% anymore) Though I'll admit, I used a HELOC on my previous house to finish my basement. That was in 2007. I still haven't paid off even half of it. Granted, the interest on it is tax deductible, but I used it to buy even things like my theater furniture, etc. HUGE MISTAKE. I'll end up paying so much more for those items than if I would have just waited a year or two and saved the money. Sometimes though, you don't have a choice. That's my only advice there. This time when I moved I made sure I could pay for my entire theater within 12 months. The money I didn't have I put into 0% 12 month credit. It's nice knowing my theater is completely paid for, but bugs me that I'll still be paying for my old theater that I never use for years still.
As for your projector question... I -LOVE- the Sony. Even on my 130" wide screen, the picture is sharp, plenty bright, vivid. This is a year and a half later and the bulb is still nice. The lens memory is not perfect since it physically moves the lens up/down/right/left. I noticed it did not go exactly to the same spot, so I had to "memorize" it slightly off so the recall of the spot went to the right place. I still need to adjust it to be perfect now and then. Also, if you are using lens memory (Usually to use a scope screen) don't plan on switching back and forth between the two Aspect Ratios during the movie for the multi-aspec films like The Dark Knight, Tron Legacy, TDKR, etc. The sony is a better projector than the JVCs, but it costs more. AVS does offer a great deal on it though. Call them to get a price. The 3D on the Sony is much better than the JVCs. I am very impressed with it. It will be darker than a normal film during 3D. Still, I rarely watch things in 3D. My complaints are mostly with movies themselves and not the projector. In my opinion, only Comedies/Rom-Coms are allowed to be non-scope. Any movie where action or cinematography come into play should be scope and only scope. Stop with this crap IMAX camera stuff.