Upon embarking on the road to building your dream home theater, you’ll be faced with many questions. One of the major questions that will determine your overall budget and performance of your theater is which projector you should buy. When it comes to the world of projectors, the most popular choices are usually between Epson and JVC. Both companies have been in the projector industry for a long time and both companies have many projectors that are highly reviewed and ranked all over the internet, making your decision seemingly more difficult. I use the word “seemingly” because generally the answer as to which manufacturer makes the best projector for you is more obvious then it at first appears. Below are a few easy questions you can ask yourself to help narrow down your search.
Where will I be using the projector?
If you’re using the projector in a non-dedicated room environment where there is ambient light from windows or other sources, then an Epson projector would be an excellent choice. The Epson 6030 has 2400 lumens and at its price point, is one of the brightest projectors on the market in its category and still maintaining a contrast ratio of 600,000:1. You don’t want to find out after making your purchase that the light in the room overpowers the projector light and you can’t view half the colors in your movie.
JVC on the other hand, makes projectors much more suited for a dedicated theater room boasting much higher contrast but less lumens. This means that they will not work as well in a lit up room, but when placed in a dark environment will show more vivid colors and a noticeably better picture.
Do I want to be able to use a 2.35:1 widescreen?
This is an aspect ratio setting that gives your video a more cinematic look by showing the picture in an ultra-wide format. It is great for landscapes and drama scenes.
If the answer to this question is yes, then you’ll definitely want to choose JVC. JVC projectors have what’s called “motorized lens shift” and “lens memory”. This feature easily allows your JVC projector to switch between 16:9 and 2.35:1 without the costly purchase of an anamorphic lens. To see this feature in action, visit the Argenta showroom and experience what a major difference this makes to the movie experience.
What’s my overall budget?
Epson, with one exception of their LS10000 model, has all of its projectors priced under $3,500. JVC on the other hand, has their entry level X-550 starting at $4,000 with their flagship X-950 at $10,000. If you’re trying to keep to a smaller budget on your theater, then Epson is the best way to go, but if you can afford it, JVC has some incredible models that will blow your socks off and are worth every penny.
In summary, you can’t go wrong with either Epson or JVC and the perfect projector is only perfect if it’s used in the correct environment. Contact Argenta and come in and demo both Epson and JVC side by side on the same screen so you can easily determine which manufacturer is right for you.