Originally Posted by reechings
So right now I can get the 6050UB or the JVC X790R for the same price. I am leaning towards the 6050 as it sounds like it is brighter if you're not going to use the digital cinema filter and it is supposed to have a nice HDR pop. It is also nice that it comes with a mount and an extra bulb. From my research it sounds like the JVC may have better blacks if you have the theatre room completely blacked out. This is tempting as I do like sci-fi and dark shows like game of thrones. That being said I am kind of tired of always having to have every single light turned off when I want to watch some sports or just regular TV shows. Is anybody here using the 5050/6050 with some light in the room, maybe some pot lights along the sides etc. and does it work well still? Any thoughts on the JVC? (I know which thread I'm in lol)
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For that application it's a tough call. I had a JVC RS520 (which is essentially the same projector) and have seen 5050UB (finally got around to demoing it) and several 5040UBs.
The Epson is definitely going to have more usable brightness for a situation where there are lights on. The tone controls for HDR on the new Epson models is better than what the JVC has. The Epson has less expensive bulbs.
The JVC has better optics. The contrast and black floor will be much darker than the Epson (4000-6000:1 native vs. 35,000-40,000:1 native). The color filter on the JVC (which I prefer) doesn't have the lumen hit it does on the Epson, so full P3 coverage is attainable on a moderately sized screen with good brightness (the JVC still has about 1200-1400 calibrated lumens with filter). The JVC will have slightly better motion handling and a smoother more film like look due to the LCoS panels vs. LCD.
If you don't have a room where you'll be able to appreciate the contrast difference (white walls, light pollution, etc) of the JVC and do watch a lot of content with the lights on, the Epson is a very compelling option. If you do have a well light controlled room and find yourself watching a lot of movies with the lights out, the JVC is going to be tough to beat. Though to get the most out of the JVC with 4K/HDR it will require fiddling with their tone controls or pairing it with something like the Panasonic UB820. Definitely not as smooth or easy as the new Epson implementation.
Both projectors have lens memory and generous lens shift. Both are 1080 panels being shifted for extra resolution. So no advantage either way.
So in conclusion, for viewing with the lights on, a very large screen (150+") or a room that won't show the contrast advantages the Epson is an excellent choice. If you watch a lot of movies and have a room that will allow you to appreciate the differences in contrast the JVC is going to put up a picture few projectors will beat.