Originally Posted by deandob
lovingdvd, as a RS20 owner myself looking to upgrade, I'm interested in your reasons for moving from JVC to Sony VW95 and why you are not looking at the new JVC series (eg. RS55). Although the VW95 sounds like a great projector, it won't have the same brightness or contrast as the JVC RS55.
Great question and I'm happy to answer...
I've had a JVC in my HT now for about 4-5 years. First an RS1, then an RS20. Before that a Ruby and a Sharp 10K.
Main reasons for looking seriously at the Sony VW95 instead of the RS55 are:
1) Over the years I have come to realize that I am mostly watching TV series, sports, Discovery Channel, specials like the Emmys/Grammys, video games and other video (as opposed to film) based content.
I think most people agree that the Sony has a clear advantage with such materials, whereas the JVC has a clean advantage with film - movies and in particular dark movies.
I'd say only about 10% of the time I turn on the pj its to watch a movie, and even then more than half that time its bright, animated movies. So I am looking more seriously at the Sony because it plays better into the type of content I watch most often.
2) I am a sharpness freak. Period. For years I have longed for the days of a super razor sharp image. My JVCs are soft for my taste. Its not that they are bad, but rather I find myself wanting it sharper. I understand that latest gen (current and upcoming) JVCs are sharper so that is good. But from reports of CEDIA and Berlin it sounds like the Sony still has the advantage in sharpness.
3) I want to be with a company that I feel is best positioned to acknowledge and address deficiencies with their products in a timely manner.
4) A year ago I purchased a Samsung PN63C8000 Plasma. Instantly my RS20 was dethrowned from king of the hill in my household. Since then I do the majority of my viewing there, because IMO it is a far better picture. Brighter (not a fair fight with a front pj I know) and FAR sharper.
But the biggest thing I like about the Samsung plasma over the RS20 is the Samsung's motion handling. It is terrific. Never before did I focus on motion or worry about it with the JVC, but now that I have experienced it I don't want to be without it.
Because of Sony's reputation of being outstanding in this area, I can only assume that its motion handling is at least as good, if not better, than the Samsung. And likely significantly better, from what I've heard, than the JVC.
As for lumens, sure I'd like the brighter lumens of the JVC but for my situation the lumens for the Sony should be suffiicent (I estimate about 15ftL with a new bulb, then will just replace the bulb as needed).
I probably will miss the deeper blacks when I watch a dark movie on rare occasions, but to me it seems like a worthwhile tradeoff for the Sony's other advantages.