Originally Posted by Aztar35
Hello, all. I'm contemplating moving up from my VW695ES to an 885ES and was wondering if black level loss down low, with the 885, would be noticeable when compared to the 695. I like strong black levels down low, but I'm not a stickler for it. I was a long time, repeat JVC owner and had an NX9 on order. And then the delays began, so I took a chance on my first Sony projector, this 695, and am very happy I did so. I absolutely love its motion handling in True Cinema, over all contrast performance, and supreme celluloid-like imagery.
I did demo the 885 at Value Electronics, but they had it on a high contrast/gray screen which made it difficult for me to compare the black levels to my Sony. Any advice here would be appreciated.
Originally Posted by Peak
I was also a long time multi-JVC owner, extolling the importance of deep blacks. I do love UHD/4K, though, and have a large screen. Felt I had no alternatives (Started with a lamp based Sony few years ago before moving to the new one) and honestly, even though noticable, the black levels do not at all disturb me. Preferably you should look at them in a store where they can demo side to side and see if you also feel the same about the slight loss or not.
The laser is the biggest reason for going 885ES. Just fantastic to never have to worry about whether the light level has gone down enough to warrant new lamp. There is also a general feeling of something else with the laser that I struggle to quantify, it just feels "richer".
Generally I have started to appreciate the way the Sonys present a very film like picture. This goes for both lamp and laser light sources.
In the end, as I believe most will agree on, both are fantastic and similar, but with slight upsides and downsides.
Honestly, if you forget about all the numbers ppl seem to bandy around here, the black levels of the NX9 and N5 aint that great!
I just had an opportunity to see both of them for the 2nd time today, and honestly, i wasn't impressed with the black levels at all.. i really don't think either one of them, the NX9 could beat the overall image quality of the Sony 885 with it's lasers.. and Sony's better colors (which to me always seem more dynamic).
Don't get me wrong.. I am not bashing the projectors.. i think they are great... i just don't think they have anything over the Sony's overall.. and i am going to stick to that opinion...
i have more or less decided to get the 885 myself,.. get a laser, and don't worry it about it for the next 3-5 years ...