Originally Posted by mutiger
It's not the wrong thread, but you'll get a very partial response out of this crew. I'm still leaning Sony 295 myself, but Markmon does present compelling testimony. There are plenty other people happy with Sony projectors however, including yourself. I saw the N5/N9/295/995 at CEDIA and came away wanting the Sony. I'm no expert and have no experience with either Sony or JVC projectors. Without viewing each side by side, I doubt most people without laser vision could tell much difference. I'm amazed that people on these forums have so much passion for JVC, although there are some haters as well, but the sheer number of posts in this thread versus the Sony certainly says something. That said, the purchase needle for me is still pointing Sony but I'd like to see some real-world reviews of production units. I wouldn't get the 385 because of the chipset limitation among other things. The 695 is overpriced compared to the JVC's. The N5/N7 are first gen which scares me. I really like the changes Sony made to the 295 and how quickly they responded to the outcry over their issues with the 285/385. The 3d emitter is built-in if I'm not mistaken on the 295. I don't really think you can go wrong with any of these, it's just a matter of how much you want to squander.
The JVC is not first generation. It's actually JVC's 3rd generation 4K panel and JVC has been making projectors since early 2000's maybe before that. Their firmware is mature, they are using the same lamps as before. This is very familiar ground.
But yea I've already stated all my opinions. I just can't see anyone that would prefer anything Sony has over the lowest JVC N5. Tell me why you'd consider a 295ES? I think a very strong case can be made that the $6000 N5 is *far better* than the $10000 695ES. Sony is just way far outclassed this round.
Video: JVC RS4500 135" screen in pure black room no light, htpc nvidia 1080ti.
Audio: Anthem mrx720 running 7.1.4, McIntosh MC-303, MC-152, B&W 802d3 LR, B&W HTM1D3 center, B&W 805d3 surround, B&W 702S2 rear, B&W 706s2 x 4 shelf mounted for atmos, 2 sub arrays both infinite baffle: 4x15 fi audio running on behringer ep4000 + 4x12 fi audio running on 2nd ep4000.