Originally Posted by uopdrmark
Is the Sony still the go-to projector for large screens given the age and banding issues discussed? I’ll have a 16’ wide 16:9 screen and a 30’ throw distance. I’ll use the room for movies as well as tv/sports where some low lights will be on.
The VW5000 and the BenQ970/990 are the only projectors with even close to the available ligtht necessary, a 16' wide screen is a tall order. The VW5000 is as modern as anything sold today regardless of the age, the performance unrivaled when it was introduced and still is today, especially considering what is available to purchase currently, light output performace remains unrivaled. I've owned plenty of JVC and Sony neither are imune to issues, artifacts will indeed show up with both, they have strengths and weaknesses without question. Is any artifact all consuming to the detriment of your viewing experience ? I personally viewed a JVC RS600 and VW675 side by side for 400 hours of a/b testing, when I saw/noted banding on one it was in the other, the vast majority of occurrences were source or equipment related . If one was the winner or looser it was bloody close , overall it didn't take away from the experience enough to be detrimental overall . Someone is always out there to point out the fly in the ointment but flies are in ointments of all brands , some only mention those in certain brands, regularly. In the projector world all ointments have a fly or two, fortunately for most brands there is a lot more of the ointment than flies, that is a good thing.
I mentioned the BenQ simply becasue it is a much cheaper alternative , has the lumens for larger screen and being DLP has the sharpest image of all 3 chip projectors. Oh, and the BenQ also has ANSI in the 500 range if I recall, for 85% of all movies above 2% ADL, ANSI matters . I have some charts to share direct if you want to see them, this is not the place .
I looked at all the alternatives , picked up a VW5000 for what it does exceptionally well , an easy choice for a larger screen venue. Used pricing is also very good BTW, I've seen plenty of low time sub 1000 hour units go for less than half , that is a spectacular deal considering the alternatives.