Thanks to the powers that be at AVS Forum, I have been given permission to write about and invite all of you to a special shootout between the Sony VPL-VW885ES
, JVC DLA-RS4500, Sony VPL-VW385ES
, and JVC DLA-RS640.
All four projectors will be calibrated by special guest Gregg Loewen, Worldwide Video Calibration Instructor for THX
Since there is so much interest in how well the JVC eShift5 4K projectors with their high native contrast compare to the Sony projectors with their higher resolution native 4K panels, we thought this would be an ideal time to test four of their finest projectors head to head. Thanks to a special accommodation from Sony, we will have on hand the new Sony VPL-VW885ES native 4K laser projector listed above, one of the first to be shipped here in the US!
We will be comparing it to the JVC DLA-RS4500 native 4K laser projector currently hanging in our showroom. It also looks like a participant will also be bringing an Epson 6040 projector to the event on Saturday, December 9.
This shootout is open to the public, though seating is limited. This is not
intended to be a sales event, but a fun, relaxed and informative afternoon where these excellent products can be compared in an informal environment. This means no price discussion beyond MSRP in this thread.
Gregg will also be on hand both days of the event to answer questions and share calibration tips.
All projectors will be shot out side by side and individually on our 144" Stewart 2.35:1 StudioTek 130 reference masking screen. Some of the testing will be done "blind", where those viewing will not know which projector is being viewed at any given time. The shootout will be held in our residential showroom here in north Colorado Springs, as we have a dark room with total light control - essential for the critical evaluation of projectors. This does mean seating will be limited, so if interested in attending please let me know asap via PM.
In regard to the projectors themselves, it's worth noting that the Sony VPL-VW385ES at $7999 is essentially the same projector as the "4K for $5K" Sony VPL-VW285ES at $4999, only with the benefit of an automatic iris to bump up dynamic picture contrast. Native contrast on the VW285 and VW385 are the same, so we thought the VW385 was an ideal test candidate since it is essentially two projectors in one - one simply needs to turn off the automatic iris and the VW385 essentially becomes a VW285.
Similarly, the JVC DLA-RS640 ($7999) used during our test is practically the same unit as the JVC DLA-RS540 ($5999), only with hand-selected optics and DILA chips for the ultimate "tweaked" performance. However, as you can tell from checking the specs on JVCs site, the RS640 and RS540 have almost identical specs and feature sets. Much like the Sony VW385 served as a stand in for the VW285, the RS640 serves as a stand in for the RS540.
We will be shooting out the projectors with a variety of 4K / HDR content, plus some standard 1080P Blu-ray thrown in as well.
For those wishing to jump ahead in this thread to my summation of the results (plus some related commentary), here are the links:
Follow-up discussion as to how visible the extra detail in 4K actually is, with screencaps that demonstrate how important contrast, color, brightness and resolution are in regard to picture quality:
More pics, this time "up close and personal" to show the visible differences between native 4K, "faux K," and 1080P using screencaps from native 4K footage:
Thoughts on the current state of HDR and projectors:
Again, because we are holding the event in my residence, the environment will be ideal but seating will be limited. If interested in attending. please let me know as soon as possible via PM and I will reserve you a spot.
Location: North Colorado Springs, CO 80921 (PM for address)
Dates and times: December 9 and December 10, 1 - 6 pm each day
Projectors to be compared:
Hope to see you there, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!