Originally Posted by Max Metral
I'm up against the same decision. From my reading, the JVC seems to do better on black level, and the Epson does wildly better on input lag. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I do wonder whether almost 5 frame latency might be enough to notice.
I've been considering the RS500 because of the extra light output, which complicates matters because the comparative reviews are not quite as plentiful.
I do get the distinct impression you can't go wrong with either of them.
I jsut posted the following on the Epson owners thread, and hope this helps:
I need to add my 2 cents about gaming and input lag here as it is being blown WAY out of proportion.
I was almost scared off of buying a X500r last year by folks here claiming it is "unplayable" on a JVC due to input lag.
It is total BS.
As a preface, I am a hardcore gamer, I play on all platforms including PC. I play on average 50 - 70 games a year. Play single player and a lot of online shooters (CoD, BF, etc) and also play a lot of Final Fantasy 14 online which requires twitch timing on boss fights. Also delve into games that have a lot of QTE which have to be very accurate.
Saying all that, I have NEVER had an issue with the X500R, my kill counts have not wavered coming from a Panny 8000 which had substantially lower input lag (about 35ms). Hell I finished CoD:BO3 on REALISTIC on the X500, if input lag was an issue this would not have been possible as pretty much 1 shot and you are dead.
When it comes down to it, an input lag of 140 or so is a total of about 4 lost frames from a 60fps refresh. That is 4 missing frame PER SECOND. Practically invisible to the eye.
Unless you are playing on a professional level, there is not a snowballs chance in hell this will affect you, and even then, I would be willing to bet most pro gamers in a blind side by side would not know the difference.
Do not be fooled folks, the JVC is perfectly capable of gaming and it looks downright amazing on the JVC projectors thanks to their black levels.
So if input lag is your only deciding factor, go with the JVC.
I think honestly the issue is that the vast majority of people have never tried it.
Now this is not surprising at all, who has the cash to blow on a projector that "may" work, so they jump on the "OMG, 140ms lag will make your game unplayable" train. When in really would likely not even know it if they tried.
They are in the same camp as the PC crowd that will scream doom and gloom if their game runs at 89fps instead of 90fps, claiming it is game breaking because they are missing 1 fps, when in reality without faps on they would have no clue.
What people of not realize is 140ms is .14 of a second. POINT ONE FOUR! One 8th of a second.
If someone is telling you that the reason they are not getting kills in CoD online is because of that 1/8 of a second, they are full of crap. The vast majority of people like to blame their lack of gaming prowess on anything but their ability.
I hear it all the damn time, "oh man, i am lagging so bad, that is why i suck tonight" No, you suck most of the time, and this just gives them something else to blame.
Just take gaming lag with a grain of salt, it is not nearly as bad as the nay sayers would have you believe.