Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Austin / Cedar Park, TX
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Let me start by giving some details of where these projectors are being used:
Dedicated Media Room - completely light controlled : 15.5 feet throw distance for a 130 - 137 inch diagonal 16:9 image (Screen is 15 feet from siting position - type is yet to be determined - temporarily using a 1.0 gain screen)
My usage breakdown would be:
90% 2D Movies (Mix of DVDs, HD DVDs, BD)
5% HD TV
5% Gaming & 3D Movies
So I've have had the chance to try out all 3 of these projectors at home and I'm even more confused as to which to go for. I realize there is a price difference between the three - but that plays a smaller part in the end decision for me. Don't get me wrong - I don't want to just throw money out the window for nothing but if I can see the value, I'm willing to pay for it. (example: price difference between JVC & Sony is negated by the fact there is a free bulb, 2 3D Glasses and extra year of warranty with Sony)
I initially test just the Sony and JVC exclusively as I was sure the decision would be between the two of them. The problem that arose with the two projectors is I love the interface and the ability to remotely control the focus/zoom/image position on the JVC but was surprised at the difference in brightness and how I kept want the picture to look as bright as the Sony. It was almost as if I was using the Sony as a bench mark - while trying all the settings on the JVC.
Lastly I pulled the Panasonic out of its boxes to test it and was surprised at how much brighter it was than both the other projectors but was sorely disappointed in how soft the picture looked in comparison. It also had a pretty good automated interface - not to the same level as JVC, but then again there is that price difference to explain that.
The movies I have been testing out with have been:
BD: Dark Knight Rises
BD: Expendables 2
Xbox 360 - regular interface, Amazon on Demand & Netflix
Please HELP! Any and all input is greatly appreciated - thank you in advance...