Mike, please tell me what to expect out of the JVC then.Too much brightness? That is pretty funny, since 99.9% of the projector owners out there, would not complain, if they had even more brightness. The JVC and Epson have a manual iris that is used, along with lamp power to adjust the brightness.
The below is based on what you all have been saying in this thread:
1300 lumens (with filter, full wide @Javs) 28.6fL (97 nits), fresh lamp, -12% = 1144 lumen (1.54x zoom) 25.2fL (86 nits)
1440 lumens (with filter, full wide @Mike Garrett) 31.7fL (108 nits), fresh lamp, -12% = 1267 lumen (1.54x zoom) 27.9fL (95 nits)
1500 lumens (without filter, full wide), 33fL (113 nits), fresh lamp, -12% = 1320 lumen (1.54x zoom) 29.1fL (99 nits)
1600 lumens (without filter, full wide), 35.2fL (120 nits), fresh lamp, -12% = 1408 lumen (1.54x zoom) 31fL (106 nits)
You previously mentioned 1440 lumens, that's 1267 lumens (95 nits) on screen with a fresh lamp, taking my zoom into account.
That's not enough?
I know brightness is a very personal thing, more is always better etc.
But really, how much do you have, and is 95 nits like a bad purchase?
Please, elaborate on the above quote and response to Mike, would you say 95 nits is not enough?Too little brightness is the REAL problem. We rarely discuss too much brightness in here.
I will use a 2.40:1 physical screen, always project a 16:9 image but with the letterboxes masked with the projectors masking capabilities.There are a lot of variables in that question, it depends how you will be doing masking panels.
I will configure two modes, 1 mode which reveals the full 16:9 image, and one mode which masks down to 2.40:1.
I will always mask for 2.40:1 when watching movies, doesn't matter if they are 2.35:1 or 2.20:1.
Zooming, changing the lens by motorization, will never take place, I will zoom it once, then leave it be.
The reveal for a full 16:9 image is only done in the case of having to navigate in the bluray menus etc.
Subtitles (if any) can be changed up and down with the Panasonic, the luminance level of the subtitles can also be adjusted.
Seating cannot be changed, 2nd row is 17', 1st row is 15'.
In Europe, that seating distance combined with the 118" 2.40:1 is a MASSIVE image, most people have 65" TV's for that exact same distance.
However, those people are not on these boards, discussing...
Man, you're putting up too much conflict in my head, I was just about to proceed with the JVC.
The price difference between these units is not of issue to me, this thread and my worries is basically just about black levels and brightness.
For blacks, I've been investigating whether or not the Epson will do, but after lots of back and forth between you guys and other people, I decided the JVC will avoid a let down.
For brightness, I'm still not quite sure, some say 100 nits is not needed, other say as much as possible.
My stomach tells me too much brightness could strain my eyes with bright and dark scene switching, thunders etc.
A friend of mine has mentioned 104 nits is just about right in his living room, I may end up getting 95 nits.
I could adjust the JVC to accommodate for a higher nit level, but going all the way for an Epson seems like a mistake to me.
Maybe mounting the JVC closer is a better choice, obviously.