Originally Posted by AV Science Sales 5
The actual gain is 1, not 1.2. The 500 and the 50 are bright enough for your screen, but the 95 will have very short lamp life, before getting too dim. What gain was the screen that the 500 was shooting onto?
I have no idea what gain it had. I will e-mail the vendor to ask the exact screen size and gain. We went to the demo days mainly to see the new Epsons. But it turned out it lacked Lens Memory, a useful feature with a 2,35/1 screen. There were other projectors, such as the Panasonic PT-AE6000, a JVC costing about 5,000 euro MSRP and the Sony 55ES. The Epson and the Panasonic were decent, but unimpressive. The JVC and the Sony 55ES gave a nicer picture. These were all presented next to each other in "standing" boots, but playing different content, mostly 2,35/1 content on a 16/9 screen sized about 100 inch wide. The Epson was playing Avatar (in 16/9) to show it's 3D abilities (I don't really care for 3D).
The Sony VW 500ES was set-up in a separate partition, with nice decor and Macintosh electronics. There were comfy seats, which the missus and me were happy to try. We smiled at each other in understanding that this was it. But it isn't going to happen right now since we need the budget to build. There's a big difference between a 2,500-3,000 (the others ) and a 10,000 euro spend (the 500ES).
In the end, I believe there are issues with all the others below 5,000 euro for our purpose (a large 2,35/1 screen). Most don't have Lens Memory. The ones that do are not bright enough. This makes me to consider not to overspend now but simply choose an affordable bright projector such as the BenQ W1070 which we can later upgrade to something like the Sony VW 500 ES which seems to have none of those issues and is future proof (it is 4K). The compact BenQ W1070 would then do nicely in the bright living room for watching news and soaps, using a retractable black/grey screen.