PJC says a lot of things. I've never felt poorer black levels automatically rejects a projector back to a living room. I actually dislike when people refer to projectors as "living room" projectors, I think it's a dumb concept even though I get what they are saying. Everything in this stuff is trade-offs, so really it depends on the individual of what they want from the image. In this price range, you aren't going to find any new projectors that have much better blacks than the w1070, other than Refurbs or B-Stock, though the 8350 and Mits hc4000 probably are a bit better here, they still aren't at the sweet spot.
Every projector has advantages / disadvantages, you can use an ND filter to correct the brightness. Do I feel that because the w1070 has mediocre black levels that it only belongs in a living room, absolutely not, it just won't look as good for those darkest movies. I watch a Benq w7000 all the time on TV and other stuff in my dedicated room, in some stuff it will look as good as the JVC or even slightly better, but my JVC is MAINLY used for dark movies.
As far as to present photography, well that makes little sense to me, since the Benq's are sharper. I guess he's talking about dark photography.
The truth is that many LCD's have bad white uniformity (inconsistent colors on pure white scenes), aren't as sharp, and they have a worse pixel fill. PJC also claims the Panny is in the same league as the JVC, and I completely disagree for 2D (no insult meant to Panny 7000/8000 owners, just that's my opinion).
Edited by coderguy - 3/17/13 at 10:55pm