Why are people making such a fuzz about these numbers, Cine4home measured 15200:1 this guy measured 13000:1 the only thing that tells me is that they have different setups, such a difference in measurements between two different sources are very common.
What do i see from this, i see a PJ that performs around 15000:1 native, which is outstanding
Do people really understand the role of ANSI contrast? You should before you start analyzing numbers like it is a disaster that it measured around 300:1.
Both ANSI and ONOFF play together creating in-scene-contrast (ICR) throughout the APL range. At lower APL ONOFF plays a greater role and at the high ends ANSI comes more into play.
People usually refers to ANSI contrast when they talk about "mixed" scenes unaware that ONOFF also play a very big role in those kinds of scenes.
Now movies have a very low average APL (under 20) it is a very dark medium, thus very high ONOFF numbers usually creates a feeling of depth. It is not for nothing that CRT still lingers along.
Have you ever watched computer application on a LCD screen and on a CRT screen, computer applications have a average APL close to 40, which is close to the 50APL that ANSI measures, thus ANSI is a very good performance meter for computer applications.
And on standard computer application a LCD looks IMO more "contrasty" compared to a CRT which can look kind of "murky" (for example when writing in Word) now put on a movie on the same screens and the CRT destroys the LCD, that is because we have moved the average APL below 20 bringing ONOFF back in the game.
Why is there such a fuzz and hype about this JVC, why does everyone seeing it comment on the tremendous depth and calling it a "contrast monster". It is because of the leap in ONOFF, a leap that has greater effect on movie material then the same leap in ANSI.
Both ANSI and ONOFF are important in the creation of ICR, but please understand the function of ANSI and the measurement before you start complaining. I would have also liked 500:1+ ANSI but i am much more excited about the tremendous leap in native ONOFF.
15000:1/300:1 ANSI any day over 3000:1/800:1 ANSI for movie material.
And yes this will probably be my next PJ