Originally Posted by Ericglo
Did you ever give a budget?
Have you seen the JVC or does it not have enough lumens?
I wanted to stay in the $35,000 list price before discounts, budget. As I wrote earlier, the difference between the Barco Balder ($35k) and the Sony 5000 ($60k) seems to be "only" $10,000 (at least, as offered to me). At this point, I don't want to spend the $10k more on the 5000 but it does seem, thanks to the posts here, seems to be far superior to the Balder. I did not know about the low native contrast of the DLP chips and thanks to those of you, who have educated me on that, accordingly.
Btw, with reference to the 5 to 7 year old Barcos (the ones with 3 kw lamps) - one of which I saw, and it was amazing - what was the native contrast for those older chips? As I wrote in the preceding, that Barco was just amazing. Cineramax offered one of those to me, at a very fair price.. but I just don't have a projection room and I don't want to deal with a 1.5kw or 3 kw heat and electrical wiring needs.
I think 3000 lumens should be sufficient for my 150" wide 1.3 gain perf screen (I am not changing the screen).
Some of have praised the jvc x1.. I have not checked the deals on that nor have I seen it.. if One of you know of an amazing deal, please let me know via PM.. not sure but I might think about it..
I know I will catch a lot of heat for this.. but I am not exactly a fan of JVC. I bought the first Dila intro - $18,000 in 1998 for their G10, bought it sight unseen! Different times.. but not very good.. Very low contrast..
Subsequently, circa 2007, many here was raving about the JVC RS20 being "finally the CRT replacement" with amazing contrast, never before seen in a digital! Contrast it had but the picture was very low quality. A much cheaper sony had a superior picture (in my opinion). Twice bitten - for ever shy.. I am a bit leery about JVC.. Always, I have liked the picture of a Sony Lcos (I owned a Qualia for may years and loved it!)
I think I will wait for a year.. before switching.. or until I sell my Wolf 1000i.