I am upgrading my Sony VPL-HW30ES due to going with an acoustically transparent screen (132", 16:9, 1.1 gain) with a long throw distance (16ft). After much research and talking, I figured I would settle on the Sony HW55ES due to it's improved lamp life, light output, and contrast ratio. I was persuaded away from any of the JVC's due to them having less total light output compared to the Sony's. However, upon using the Projector Pro Calculator over at Projector Central, comparing last years Sony (HW50ES) to last years JVC (RS56), it says that at 16ft throw distance onto a 1.1 gain 132" 16:9 screen, the JVC will have MORE light output (21fL) vs. the Sony (16fL).
What gives? Considering the HW55ES has the same lamp/output as the 50ES, yet the newer JVC's have MORE output compared to their respective models from last year, why am I under the impression that the JVC's are not the best suited for bigger screens?