Epson vs JVC | Which is Right for Me?
When you embark on the road to build your dream home theater, you’ll be faced with many questions. One of the major questions that will determine your overall budget and the performance of your theater, is choosing to buy a projector or a TV. If you’ve decided to go with a projector, you need to decide which projector you should buy. When it comes to the world of projectors, the two most popular choices are usually Epson and JVC. Both Epson and JVC have been in the projector industry for a long time and have many highly reviewed projectors. This may seem to make your decision more difficult, but the answer is more obvious than it 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 your theater room isn’t strictly a home theater, or if there is ambient light from windows or other sources, 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 that still maintains 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. Epson has created a quality projector and will work well in your dual-use home theater.
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. JVC projectors are sure to impress your family and friends who watch movies with you in your home theater.
It’s important that you consider where your projector will go, and the environment around it. Where your theater is determines the lumens and contrast ratio you’ll want for your projector. Since Epson and JVC specialize in opposite ends of the spectrum, spend time researching your home theater’s environment before purchasing a projector.
Do I want to be able to use a 2.35:1 widescreen?
2.35:1 is an aspect ratio 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 you want your video to be in this format, you’ll definitely want to choose a JVC projector. JVC projectors have a “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 the 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 projector, the X-950 at $10,000. If you’re working with a smaller budget on your theater, then Epson is the best way to go. If you can afford it, JVC has some incredible models that will blow your socks off and are worth every penny.
Either way, you can’t go wrong with Epson or JVC. After all, 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 projectors side by side on the same screen so you can easily determine which projector is right for you.