Originally Posted by gravi
Thanks for the info. Spent the morning checking out both the places. First up went to Stereo East, place was deserted. They have 4 theaters, all equipped with Sonys. The first thing I noticed was s tack of Sony 295's at the entrance and a big sale markdown (don't want to say how much but substantial). I then checked out the room with the 295 installed. Nicely done theater but had ridiculous amount of ambient light. They had bright LED lighting along the top and sides of the screen! When I asked why the demo was on with those lights the sales guy said it was there "for the ladies". Anyway, asked him to turn it off, closed the door and watched Ready Player One 4k disc played through a Sony player. I was not that impressed with the picture, projected on a SI 120" screen. Contrast was lacking, there was no punch, but the picture was "smooth", in a classic Sony fashion. On my way out the sales guy reminded me of the incredible deal but I told him lack of lens memory was a deal breaker for me and left.
On to Star Power where they had the Expo going on. They had a small room dedicated for JVC and JVC reps were on site. They had hooked up an NX9 and NX5 to an Oppo player where they could switch the output back and forth. The rep demoed Peru 8K clip and Ready Player One disc and we watched for about 20 minutes switching between the two PJs several times. The NX9 was incredible - sharpness, contrast, and color saturation. The NX5 had less contrast and less punchy colors as expected but still looked fantastic. I told the rep I wish they had the NX7 as the NX5 vs 7 was what I was interested in. He told me the NX7 would be somewhere in between but closer to the 9. Of course, the whole sales pitch and theme of the expo was 8K, so he kept referring to the NX9 as the "8K Projector" to the public. On the whole I could clearly see a step up from my current RS420.
I told the dealer about the Sony deal and he said JVC was offering free bulb instead, a $600 value, lol. Since I was asking some "advanced" and intelligent questions of the rep, some folks in the room came up to me later asking for advice. I pointed them to this forum and sponsor dealers here as a place to buy should they choose to.
I did the exact same trip, in reverse today.
I started with Star Power and then went to Stereo East and I also asked the rep about the NX7, lol.
Couple interesting things the rep told me: JVC apparently had to switch shipping companies. He claimed that they had never experienced this much shipping damage in all of the years he'd been working for JVC combined. He said the change took place last week.
The other interesting thing, he said JVC was recommending 1.0 gain white screens.
The JVC setup was projected on an SI Slate 120".
NX9 looked pretty incredible. The contrast was fantastic, colors were vibrant and the motion was smooth. I didn't watch the NX5 for long as there were a ton of people in this room asking for the NX9 demos. What I saw still looked good though. The rep also noted that the NX5 can't upscale 720p. Not sure I had ever heard that before.
Then I went to Stereo East, more to take a look at screens than anything else. They had the Sony 285 setup with an SI 1.2 white and the 295 set up with the slate, so this wasn't an apples to apples comparison, but the 295 on slate definitely had better vibrance and contrast. The contrast on those 2 Sony's was really unimpressive by comparison. I had expected the 295 to be closer to the NX5 but it just wasn't there. It was better than the 285, but that also could've been the screen.
The color palette was definitely classic Sony, reminded me of my 40ES. It looks natural but muted.
Interestingly, they were really pushing the slate screens.
The other thing the sales guy said that seemed off was that I shouldn't go with a Zero Edge style screen and a JVC as they're hard to adjust for overshoot? I've never heard that before and it sounded like nonsense to me.
So.. to those that have these projectors, I currently have a 110" 1.0 gain white screen which I was looking to upgrade to something around 135" (assuming my room can handle it). Is white the way to go?
I assume there's no problem with zero edge style screens and JVC projectors; is that correct?
My room is a dedicated media room with full light control. I only occasionally want to watch things with the lights on, so ALR isn't a huge desire, but flexibility is flexibility.