Originally Posted by Domcorleone
Debating between the Sony 695es or JVC N7 ... I game alot and value the lower input lag but I also love the idea of HDR tone mapping and great black levels. I currently have the 540rs (790r) so I dont think I can go down in black levels dramatically.
Any reviews or previews for the 695es?
So after not being able to tolerate the lack of blacks on the 285ES, I went and traded it for a 675ES. The 675ES is extremely similar to the 695ES you're considering. In area of contrast, lumens, and blacks, it's going to be about the same. The 675ES (and by extension the 695ES) is a lot better on blacks due to the iris, and the added 300 lumens is extremely noticeable over the 285/295ES.
However, the blacks still didnt cut it for me so I got an RS640. My RS640 and your RS540 are nearly equal performers. So for a while I had both the 675ES and RS640 in my room on a dual mount
. The black performance on the RS640 was so much better I just couldn't handle the 675ES anymore for any sort of TV that had blacks. (I was marathon watching The Expanse and watch a lot of SciFi).
I ended up using the 675ES only for games as native 4K and Sony's reality creation was a great setup for games
. The RS640 I use for all TV and movies as the native 4K is not as noticeable on video content.
If you value the blacks and don't want to go down in black levels dramatically, you'll have to stick with an N7 or NX9. The N5 is probably going to be a little too much of a drop in blacks. And unfortunately, there's nothing in the Sony lineup that will come close in blacks. As other's have stated, there's more to picture quality than blacks. But if blacks are important to you (as they are for me), the 695ES won't cut it for you.
If you'd like a good comparison that you can test now. Put your RS540 into low lamp. Put the iris to -3 and set it to manual. Now go play some stuff that tests black performance. This is extremely close to where you'll find the 695ES with its full iris running if dynamic iris is enabled and it's set to around 40 (favoring dark performance). The fade-to-black with the sony running its iris will be about right on with the fade to black on the RS540 running manual iris -3 low lamp. Of course on a star field, while the RS540 at -3 manual might simulate the 695ES blacks, the stars will be significantly brighter. On the sony star field scenes, the stars sort of disappear as the projector dims the light.