I had a chance to spend an hour with both the Jvc N7 and the Sony 695ES (570ES here in Europe).
We were in a light controlled room and the projectors were placed at 7 mt. (23 feet) from the screen.
The screen was an Elite screen Dark Star 9 - 0,8 gain 123” in 16:9 format.
We had to switch from one to the other, it was not possible to run them together at the same time to split the screen.
I personally own a Sony 695ES and I was considering switching to the N7. I previously owned both JVC and Sony projectors.
I had my i1 Display pro that I brought to measure the light on screen but there was not time to calibrate the projectors.
So I set the Sony to Reference profile, D65 color balance, Gamma 2.2, dynamic iris on to full.
The Jvc to Natural profile, 6500K color balance, Gamma 2.2, auto iris 2, manual iris full open.
Regarding the light on screen I measured the Sony to have 37 Nits in low lamp mode and 63 Nits in high lamp mode. The Jvc was at 50 Nits in low lamp and 62 in High lamp. So at high lamp both projectors have the same light output.
We compared the two projectors with Sony in high lamp and Jvc in low lamp to match the brightness.
We looked at some SDR material (no HDR): Dark Knight returns (motorbike chase), Oblivion (library scene) and Paradise beach (sos flare scene).
Well it’s very hard to find some differences between the two. The contrast look almost the same with both projector exhibiting a very pleasing deep black.
The technicians before my arrival measured 18.000 contrast for Sony and about 19.000 contrast for Jvc (with both zoom lens at max and Jvc with manual iris full open), so they are very close.
I could really not see any significant difference in contrast. Maybe the Sony looked a little bit more contrasty in some scene while the Jvc exhibited a slightly better black floor, but again very very hard to notice.
Looking at some test pattern the Jvc seems to have a better lens but while watching movies the reality creation do a better job than the MPC.
Regarding colors Jvc has a wider gamut with the filter inserted, but this takes away so much light (20%) that is almost useless. Without the filter Sony regain the lead.
Fan noise is bearable on high lamp with Sony, I can not say the same with N7. In high lamp mode the fan is VERY noisy. Looks like an airplane during take off, great downside for me.
My wife that is ad “advanced” casual viewer
could not see any difference at all between the two projectors.
A customer who visited the store one hour before me and had the same shootout bought the 695ES (they have the same price here in Europe).
I personally could not decide. They look almost the same and both projectors exhibit a stunning picture.
I was considering the Jvc because it has more calibration option but also because I like to run projectors in low lamp mode (for the noise). On my installation in low lamp mode I have the Sony with 47 Nits (that is ok now but when the lamp will lose light?) and I think I could get more than 60Nits with Jvc and maybe close a bit the manual iris (rising the contrast) and reopen it while the lamp lose light with use.
The fan noise scare me a lot, it is very noisy with Jvc while bearable on Sony when I watch HDR movie.
I was expecting to find a great difference between the two projectors instead it is a very tough choice.
I read a lot of bad comments in this forum regarding the poor black and contrast on Sony Projectors and after this shootout I can certainly say that they are unfounded and misleading.
Hope this helps.