Ron mate, bless.[/SPOILER]What city do you live in or what city would be near your town? My reason for asking is that we over a million members at AVS. It maybe that someone within a reasonable drive might have one or both of the projectors you are looking at? I know I've hosted and gone to members homes in Kansas City to view their set up. We have a forum dedicated to regional/city meets.
As far as JVC....I'm a huge fan, so I definitely have bias. I wouldn't be able to compare the JVC to the epson. I haven't owned an epson in years. That being said, I recently sold our home, which included all the home theater equipment. When it came time to restart my HT and pick out a projector, I decided to stay with the same model vs the newer JVC's. Why? I liked the image and knew it's pros and cons. I didn't want to deal with relearning a new projector and working through the bugs of a new model. It's a lazy proposition, but firing up my JVC 540, I was happy to (re)own that model.
I do not live in the United States, I live in Sweden, the cost for traveling outweigh the consideration of buying an NX5/NX7.
Not that easy for you to know, well, at least now you do.
I'm incredibly thankful for your offerings and suggestions, I'm basically on the same level as you, I think if I would see these in reality, I would pick the JVC over and over again.
I do not feel the need of the newer JVC line up, I think I'm fully satisfied with the older generation, also considering it to be a GREAT entry-level projector, if you even can call it that.
2 years ago it was the second best there ever was, basically like todays NX7 in price/performance ratio.
I could not complain, I even get to try out the JVC at home, sending it back as long as it doesn't have 20 hours on the lamp, very generous offer.
I would have the time to decide myself, my screen samples should be arriving long before the projector, cannot wait to try some stuff out.