Originally Posted by ToddGsell
I'm a fan of JVC as well. Unfortunately, they're above the price range I'm considering. Your comments really reflect what I've been thinking. Right now I'm looking at the Sony VPL-HW45ES versus something under $1000 like the BenQ HT2050. I'm just not sure if the extra $1000 for the Sony will be worth it--or if the rainbow effect that some people notice with cheaper projectors is something that will bother anyone in my household. Part of me thinks I should go with the cheaper projector for now and then spend more once the 4k projectors come down in price.
i was lucky, when i was looking JVC still made a 'almost cheap' 1080p model. I was able to pick up an x35 and i've been very happy with it. as much as i would like 4k or even 'faux-k' literally 100% of my sources will be 1080p or less for at least another 2years if not 5. but the black levels are so darn impressive! fades to black are really black. the only 'weak spot' is with low APL scenes. projectors being what they are, need REALLY good light control in the room, and even then, it's hard to maintain blacks when there is a little bit of light on the screen.
sony seems to have that 'mid-range' price point cornered right now. nothing between about $1000-$4000 that really impresses me(though i haven't been actively looking, so perhaps Epson or somebody else has a strong player in that segment now?) other than the sony
before i bought my first projector, i spend some time at local stores viewing what they had. nothing they had was even by the same manufacturer, but it at least gave me a frame of reference, and between that and online reviews i had a decent idea of what i was getting. like it's hard to make a decision based on rainbow effect if you don't even know if you see it or not.
personally, i'm more a fan of buying the 'right' product the first time. maybe broaden your search to some used JVC's as well? honestly anything above the x35(newer, or higher model) would get my thumbs up. there's no shortage of good options. then again, if a decent dlp like the benq is good enough, there's nothing wrong with saving money either!
you'll have to take this with a grain of salt, but it might help convince you one way or another.
comparison shots of my brand new x35 vs an old 3LCD(epson HC720) with over 1000hrs on it. the jvc was not yet calibrated in these pics.
the scary thing is, i've used the epson since this, and it still presents a 'watchable' image for most content. the jvc just makes it look so terrible by comparison, especially in the dark details/contrast. that being said, a decent, new dlp would destroy that tired old epson too
this is a comparison between my samsung F8500 plasma and the x35. iirc, neither had been calibrated at the time of these pics, and the F8500's color was actually pretty far off before calibration. after a full calibration, the f8500 does have a superior picture, but pre-calibration i actually felt they were extremely close(aside from the color)