Originally Posted by DunMunro
Only one of our residences has a semi-dedicated theatre room. I have a late model W1070 in it, but the room is not optimal in terms of wall colour or ambient light, at least not yet, but as we only spend our winters there, it's been slow going in terms of improving it. Elsewhere our PJs double as TV replacements and have to operate with lots of ambient light.
Well, when you're in a dedicated room, and you have a high native contrast PJ like a JVC set up correctly, and compare it side by side (as I have done) to a high native contrast DLP (high for DLP!), which was a Mits HC3800 w/3000:1 native contrast, the MAIN difference IS contrast and blacks. That is what you pay for and that's what most (if not all) 'movie aficionados' with PJ's in dedicated rooms are most concerned with.
The W1070 native contrast is less than 2000:1. Bottom line is that with blu ray movies there's lots of low APL scenes that will suffer with low contrast PJ and for just about any movie aficionado with a dedicated PJ and room, it IS a big deal.
Now, can you live with 2000-3000:1 native contrast and blu ray movies? Of course. I did for like 15 years, with 3 different PJ's. But I, like all of us w/o JVC contrast/blacks, yearned for the ultimate, the last piece of that PQ prize.
Until you've experienced almost total black outs, black space scenes where it looks like you're in a black hole looking out 16:9 window into space, you just won't know. Even commercial theaters can't get this black/dark (they have to keep the scone and runway lights on to prevent lawsuit trips and it hurts blacks/contrast).
Now, for sports, gaming, planet earth, etc. type content, contrast/blacks isn't the main goal. And in non-dedicated rooms, where there's always ambient light, a JVC would be a waste. But for movies, contrast is probably one of the most important PQ attributes. These days the differences with all the other attributes (sharpness, colors, brightness) are relatively similar with movie content.
I personally bought a used JVC and sold my previous DLP to a friend...so my outlay was only about $1600 total for an awesome upgrade