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NX5 or Sony 295 or Epson

Wanting some recommendations for my home theater. I was really looking into NX5 and almost ready to buy, but just wanting to know if it is overkill to buy a projector like this for 100” to 110” screen. Room is 13 feet in length and 14 feet wide. It would be a dedicated theater room with minimal light coming in. All the walls are also painted black including ceiling. Also can’t decide if to go with 16:9 or 2:35:1 screen. Ceiling is 9 feet high. Any help or recommendations are appreciated. Thanks
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Personally, I prefer a 2.40:1 screen. I don't use an anamorphic lens though and I don't have lens memory... I just zoom.

I wouldn't look at Epson for home theater though they are great for conference room type installations.

I do use a Sony VW285 and most will say the JVC is a better performer and that may be true. I have had Sony projectors since 1999 and sort of go with what I know but maybe if I had a good demo of a JVC I would consider them next time. (I tend to replace my projector every 3 years on average.) I understand it's possible to get JVC projectors that are actual 4K now.

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Yea I was originally looking at the Sony 295, but after reading a little bit on JVC the lens memory seems to be worth paying the extra 1000.
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Hi,

Always go for the JVC N5.

1. more lightoutput
2. Contrast is much better
3. FA ( frame adapt for HDR-- sdr )
4. No degeneration of the panels
5. Lens memory
6. Better lens
7. Sharper then the Sony
8. With the Panasonic UHD player extra features
Do i need to go on?
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In the room you are describing then in all honestly if you can afford the difference over the Epson the JVC is the only option. The NX5 has dynamic tonal mapping, something neither the Epson or the Sony have and this is a seriously big deal if you want to get the best from HDR.

Now you could get even better HDR by using the Epson with MadVR but then you’ll have had to build a PC to run it and you’ll have added about $800-1000 to the Epson’s total cost which will be getting mighty close to that of the JVC.

One thing I will add is I did a comparison between my Epson and a mate’s Sony 360es and frankly there was nothing to chose between them, from my 9.5ft viewing to the 100” screen the Epson looked as crisp and even the blacks were about the same. Where the Epson killed the Sony was HDR because of its superior brightness, in fact after the lengthy session the Sony owner said he wished he had bought the Epson and saved himself a packet. So frankly I think unless you are willing to spend big on one of the dearer Sony models your sole option is the NX5.
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If you will watch alot of movies the. Having a 2.35 screen with lens memory can be high value.

I am also looking at these 3 PJs so I will share my thoughts.

1. The Epson is about 1/2 the cost, has lens memory and more p3 color coverage the the nx5.

2. The Sony is an oddball right now. For the money JVC NX makes the most sense.

3. No one on this forum will tell you JVC is bad. JVC don't cost msrp call/email around. Nx7 is the next level up for not that much more. If you are super hot for hdr JVC or an LG ust are the ones to but if you want to keep it simple.



Double check the throw distance I think they all can throw 100-110 from the distances you are talking about but be sure. Figure out the lens to screen distance the double check throw distances.

All 3 throw a nice picture better then you local theater. Go see them in person if you can.

Will this system be for HDTV(16:9) games(16:9) or movies (2.35) ? Do you watch mostly 4k today?
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In the room you are describing then in all honestly if you can afford the difference over the Epson the JVC is the only option. The NX5 has dynamic tonal mapping, something neither the Epson or the Sony have and this is a seriously big deal if you want to get the best from HDR.

Now you could get even better HDR by using the Epson with MadVR but then you’ll have had to build a PC to run it and you’ll have added about $800-1000 to the Epson’s total cost which will be getting mighty close to that of the JVC.
But MadVR HTPC can't do HDR tone mapping of streamed content. The poster needs to weigh that with his decision.
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But MadVR HTPC can't do HDR tone mapping of streamed content. The poster needs to weigh that with his decision.
Very true which is why IMO the JVC is the one to get. It’s different for me who already has the Epson but if starting from scratch then the JVC is complete one box does all solution.

Just to pick up on what @kemannthey said, I went to the local cinema on Sunday past and watched the movie Underwater, I was so underwhelmed by the image in front of me, it was clearly a DLP projector due to the dark scenes being grey. Said to the wife why do we pay good money to watch such a crappy image when what we have a home blows it away by quite some margin.

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Yea I do plan to watch a lot of movies. I think for Netflix and tv I will continue using the living room tv so that’s why I was thinking of getting a 2:35:1 screen.
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If you are planning to watch a lot of movies and have a light controlled room I would recommend one of the new JVC's with Digital Tone Mapping. They work great for HD HDR material.
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Yea I do plan to watch a lot of movies. I think for Netflix and tv I will continue using the living room tv so that’s why I was thinking of getting a 2:35:1 screen.
Getting a 2.35 screen with Lens Zoom would would make good sense. If you ever wanted a larger 16:9 with the PJ you can just get a drop down screen later.
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Wanting some recommendations for my home theater. I was really looking into NX5 and almost ready to buy, but just wanting to know if it is overkill to buy a projector like this for 100” to 110” screen. Room is 13 feet in length and 14 feet wide. It would be a dedicated theater room with minimal light coming in. All the walls are also painted black including ceiling. Also can’t decide if to go with 16:9 or 2:35:1 screen. Ceiling is 9 feet high. Any help or recommendations are appreciated. Thanks
Sounds like you will have a hell of a home theater. Nice touch on the all black. I would go in this order.......

--NX5 / RS1000
--Sony 295 or DLA-X790R / DLA-RS540U
--Epson
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Personally, I prefer a 2.40:1 screen. I don't use an anamorphic lens though and I don't have lens memory... I just zoom.

I wouldn't look at Epson for home theater though they are great for conference room type installations.

I do use a Sony VW285 and most will say the JVC is a better performer and that may be true. I have had Sony projectors since 1999 and sort of go with what I know but maybe if I had a good demo of a JVC I would consider them next time. (I tend to replace my projector every 3 years on average.) I understand it's possible to get JVC projectors that are actual 4K now.
I've had one for 3 years now.
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I've had one for 3 years now.
Since I'm nearing 3 years maybe we could get some sort of conga line going where everyone passes down projectors to whoever wants what we have as next.

Something like this could work.
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Since I'm nearing 3 years maybe we could get some sort of conga line going where everyone passes down projectors to whoever wants what we have as next.

Something like this could work.
I like it. Although at this point, I'm trying to switch back to the 7+ year upgrade plan ( maybe longer even ).
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Since I'm nearing 3 years maybe we could get some sort of conga line going where everyone passes down projectors to whoever wants what we have as next.

Something like this could work.
Okay, we will put Nigel at the front of the line, when he gets his Eclipse and I will be in line right behind him. Give me an Eclipse and I have no problem giving my RS3000 away.
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Okay, we will put Nigel at the front of the line, when he gets his Eclipse and I will be in line right behind him. Give me an Eclipse and I have no problem giving my RS3000 away.
Ok, MikeG, I'll stand in line for your RS3000 and give away my RS2000, Cha Cha Cha...

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I ended up buying the JVC NX5. Will be waiting for it to come to the house in the next couple of days. Can’t wait.
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I ended up buying the JVC NX5. Will be waiting for it to come to the house in the next couple of days. Can’t wait.
I think you made the right choice, the HDR tone mapping feature is great and works well.
You will not be disappointed !

And if you're in to frame interpolation, IMO, it has one of the best algorithms around.
The scene at the end of "Shawshank Redemption" where Red (Morgan Freeman) gets dropped at the corn field.
There is a camera pan there in front of the corn stocks, it's a very difficult test for any FI to deal with and the JVC handles it pretty well, better then Sony.

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Wanting some recommendations for my home theater. I was really looking into NX5 and almost ready to buy, but just wanting to know if it is overkill to buy a projector like this for 100” to 110” screen. Room is 13 feet in length and 14 feet wide. It would be a dedicated theater room with minimal light coming in. All the walls are also painted black including ceiling. Also can’t decide if to go with 16:9 or 2:35:1 screen. Ceiling is 9 feet high. Any help or recommendations are appreciated. Thanks
If you can afford the little extra for the NX5 over the 295 then the NX5 is the one to go for.

Edit: Just seen you have, Good choice.
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I ended up buying the JVC NX5. Will be waiting for it to come to the house in the next couple of days. Can’t wait.
I don't think you can be disappoint with a JVC, it's dear but at the same time very good.

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