Originally Posted by ARROW-AV
I'm going to repost this here because it's comparison related:
Thanks for this, Nigel. Very encouraging, and very appropriate for this thread.
This is the type of reaction I would be hoping for going from my RS400 to either the NX7/DCR or NX9, either being 5 figure expenditures.
On the one hand, we have:
Originally Posted by RapalloAV
BUT let me tell you this, the NX9 I have is one million times better than the X9900, its just blowing me away and I have the best and biggest smile on my face I have had in years!!!! My curved 145" ScopE screen looks absolutly amazing, its so good it takes my breath away!....I have amazing blacks on it, even though most said they would be worse than the X9900, but I dont see that at all, my blacks are amazing and so is everything else....!!
On the other hand, we have:
Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein
I spent this evening sampling a few titles. I started with INCEPTION and THE MATRIX in 4k. Those films are a little dark. The Matrix has a green teal purposely throughout most of its first act. I really thought both those titles would WOW me, but I think the fact that they are not well-lit films didn't give me a huge sense of improvement in picture quality.
Next, I went with BABY DRIVER, and there it was apparent how much better 4k was over the BD counterpart. The picture looked sharper. In fact, when I switched and compared scenes on the Blu-ray side, the picture definitely looked softer.
I am used to seeing 4k on my LG C8 OLED, and there the difference is just staggering. I mean, the picture looks night-and-day more stunning.
Projected, I don't see that kind of jump in PQ, but at the same time, I do see improved sharpness in the picture. I was kind of warned that I may or may not see a huge jump in projection 4k.
Black levels are not impressing me that much either. However, again, I am so used to seeing OLED 4k and I know it just won't match here.
3D looks fantastic on the JVC. Can't say it looks better than it did on my Sony HW55ES. I would rate it about the same -- and that's a good thing -- because I was always very happy with the picture output.
Of course, I need to get this projector calibrated. However, out of the box, I am very happy with the picture quality. I am a little disappointed that there isn't a substantial jump in PQ here, but I think that's the nature of the beast when dealing with projection. I mean, I see the difference. I appreciate the difference. I think in time I am going to become more in tune with the improved sharpness level and of course, the calibration will bring out more nuances in the picture.
Now granted, these are not directly comparable situations. In the first situation, we're looking at the NX9 vs the X9900, with an A-Lens (if I'm understanding him correctly), in the second the NX7 vs Sony HW55ES, with no A-lens. And to be clear, I'm not implying either reaction is not fully justified, based on what they're seeing.
And likely neither system is yet fully optimized, so it's perhaps premature to draw any firm conclusions. Then different setups, screens, rooms, etc. must be taken into consideration as well.
It just points out the difficulty in getting comparisons, to help us figure out what choice to make.
On the one hand, people like Arrow-AV, Kris Deering and a few others will do a superb job providing the technical performance dimension of these various projectors, using test patterns and so forth, which is clearly needed.
On the other, it is also clear that viewing actual content from actual seating distances does not necessarily or directly correlate with many of these specifications. And on top of that, it is extremely challenging to demonstrate this 'real-world' performance using still photos, let alone video.
I guess I'm just venting a little frustration, the difficulty inherent in making an informed choice, and trying to assess where in the performance/cost curve we would choose to be.
Nevertheless, please keep the comparisons coming, subjective, objective, everything. The more input the better, and I appreciate all the hard work being put in and shared by so many people here.