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    That X30 will blow anything else in that price rage away. To even approach the picture quality, you'd have to step into the $3k+ range. Don't quite understand what you mean by an "entertainment" vs "theater" projector. I watch movies and play my Xbox 360 in my theater. Nothing like Skyrim or GTA 4 on a 110" screen. Drooling for GTA 5...

    I've got an RS40 which is the predecessor to the X30/RS45 in a totally light controlled HT shining onto a 1.4 gain screen. I've got the iris in the projector nearly 85% closed and it's still really damn bright. If I open the iris 100% and put the lamp into high mode, it's blinding bright.

    Don't judge a projector on specs alone. Since you're going to have a light controlled room, you don't need as much output. JVC has the best blacks in the industry and is hard to beat in 2D picture quality. Very much worth the extra cost if you ask me.

    Going with a positive gain screen might sound funky, but it will help with brightness as the lamp ages.

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    I think he wants super brightness but its hard to tell from the specs but the jvc is a light cannon as my cinema mode is too bright for a 120 inch screen in the dark

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    Quote Originally Posted by tryrrthg View Post
    Thanks for the info, but your post is the exact reason I am looking for other LCD alternatives at this price point. The 8350 seems to be problematic. Epson's customer service makes me feel a little better about possibly buying one but I haven't found any widespread problems with the Panasonic.
    I think I considered that Panasonic as well. Probably would have gone with it if I could have picked it up locally. Another drawback to the Epson is the size. It is a beast compared to the DLP PJs (Optoma I tried and the old Sharp). So, if mounting on the ceiling and space is tight, it should be considered. I actually had to modify a ceiling mount to get mine higher up!

    Good luck with the search! Let us know what you end up with and how you like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdxfj View Post
    Don't quite understand what you mean by an "entertainment" vs "theater" projector.
    It is my understanding that there are sort of two types of projectors. One designed for the home theater people who have bat cave, light controlled rooms, black walls, carpet, etc. Those projectors aren't built to overpower ambient light. They are designed for theater like environments.

    The "entertainment" projectors are designed to be a little brighter, be put in a family room environment that have to compete with some ambient light and lighter colored walls. Sure I have a light controlled room that can be pitch black if I want it but I think a lot of my viewing will be done with some lights on. Watching football with some friends, for example. I don't want to have to sit around in the dark with a bunch of buddies in order to see a decent picture. with a brighter projector I can get a less washed out image with some lights on. That is why I'm leaning towards the panasonic. It can be REALLY bright if I want it to (ambient light situations) but I can throw it in eco mode for movies in the dark and it will actually be less bright (lumen output) than the BenQ that I had. So I like the versatility it seems to have. That and it won't have rainbows!
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    My jvc looks brighter due to the high contrast and can only be beaten during the day

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    I'll give you $50 for it.
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    Deal,,,, $1700 shipping though

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    I'll pay you in pennies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by polkfarmboy View Post
    My jvc looks brighter due to the high contrast and can only be beaten during the day
    Don't get me wrong, I'd LOVE to own the JVC but I can't get myself to spend that much. Not with all the other expenses that come with finishing my basement. I need a new subwoofer too. Too many toys to buy.
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    If you are in a basement then I would certainly go for the JVC at that price range. The second best would be the Epson units. I have the newer 4K JVC 4810/X55 and it is amazing. I've owned three JVC projectors and they are worth every penny. I usually tell people to go with the Epsons because they offer excellent PQ for the money. If you want the best picture for a great price I would also second the 8350. You start talking motorized lens shift you will be spending 2K+ just nature of the beast.

    This is a freaking sweet deal. Epson 5010 refurb with 2yr warranty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherardp View Post
    If you are in a basement then I would certainly go for the JVC at that price range. The second best would be the Epson units. I have the newer 4K JVC 4810/X55 and it is amazing. I've owned three JVC projectors and they are worth every penny. I usually tell people to go with the Epsons because they offer excellent PQ for the money. If you want the best picture for a great price I would also second the 8350. You start talking motorized lens shift you will be spending 2K+ just nature of the beast.

    This is a freaking sweet deal. Epson 5010 refurb with 2yr warranty

    http://www.visualapex.com/home-theat...-Cinema-5010-R
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    I picked up the 8350 refurbed direct from Epson last month. Worth every penny. I can't spend what a JVC costs, even though I appreciate the quality it brings. I know I'll get superior blacks with a JVC unit. For now the price/performance ratio wins for the 8350 since it still has lens shift and great PQ.

    Once I find a way to score a JVC unit I will move the 8350 upstairs to the Stewart Firehawk G3 92" that I picked up on Craigslist two weeks ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nguyendot View Post
    ...upstairs to the Stewart Firehawk G3 92" that I picked up on Craigslist two weeks ago.
    Ohh, nice screen! I prefer 100"+, but depending on the room, 92 might be fine. I'm guessing you bought it for a steal. I think those run over well over $1k new.

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