Originally Posted by Wookii
^^ Guys there is a PM system on here for this sort of thing
Yep noise is an issue for me too, but then its an issue for me on all projectors, I really don't understand anyone going to all that effort with their rooms and audio system, just to stick a projector blowing away in there - it completely pulls me out of the quite passages in movies, which often are intended to have as much impact (for being so quite) as the loud passages. I would never be without my hush box, no matter the projector.
I know that the RS4500 will give you by far the best image quality of all your options, but
if you have no problem with the black floor on the LK990, then really I think the 5000ES is probably going to be the best option for you if it is in budget - it will give you all the brightness you need, you'll be able to calibrate it accurately, and in its full dynamic laser mode it should give you over 4 times the on/off contrast compared to the 990.
. . . but I'd still want to put it in a hush box!
Actually, the VW5000 I just purchased will not have to go in a hush box, which is a good thing because it is enormous . Even at 80% laser the noise level is more that acceptable , when mounted 24 feet back in my room it will be nearly imperceptible , certainly less than my VW885 was running 80% mid room overhead by comparison . I expected this to be much louder based on conversations , compared to the RS4500 running on high , there is no comparison between the two. The RS4500 is really a mid laser projector for best performance , running it on high you loose the sweet spot and most definitely have to put it in a hush box regardless where it is mounted because the noise level overwhelms everything even during normal listening levels not just quiet scenes.
I'm still going to surround the VW5000 with deadening material and likely put a barrier between the projector and room to lower a few more dB . My Lumagen Pro is the noisiest component in my room anyway, that little screamer will go in a dedicated closet this time way in the back.
Dedicated Theater: Sony VPL VW 885ES , Panamorph DCR & ISCO III L Anamorphic Lens, Draper TecVision XT1800X Screen, 2.40:1 134" diagonal curved , Denon AVR-X8500 , 9.2.6 Atmos, Panasonic UB900, Oppo 203, Lumagen Pro 4440 , (3) Paradigm CI Elite E7-L+C+R fronts, , (2) CI Pro P80-IW Rear, (2) Paradigm SA-ADP In-wall Surround, (6) SIG-1.5R-30 v.3 In-Ceiling, Subwoofers: (2) SVS SB-16 Ultra , SVS PC13-Ultra .