Sharp, clear, reasonably bright. Some reasonably accurate color without a color calibration.
Some very impressive black levels too. I’m assuming the top of the line JVC can beat it, but when putting about 1700 lumens on the screen on bright scenes, very dark scenes are very nicely dark, significantly below the Epson 5040UB I use as a general reference. I more than certainly can live with these black levels.
Reference mode: Passengers 4K/HDR. Overall slightly brighter, less contrasty than Cinema Film 1
Cinema Film 1: Passengers 4K/HDR. Higher Contrast Enhancer setting among others, compared to Reference mode
I really have nothing but praise, which is not surprising considering it is the 2ndmost expensive home theater projector I’ve reviewed, and the other was an even more expensive, but older Sony. Sadly, the VW995ES was boxed up today being returned. I miss it already.
Still the overall experience was greater than I anticipated. I was first dazzled by the clarity. I simply was not anticipating such a visible difference to the picture that isn't the usual color accuracy, or black levels, or brightness, or sharpness differences! True, the VPL-VW995ES is pretty bright (1700+ calibrated lumens), very sharp, but there is just something special about the picture, which, after all the other technology is considered, I do believe comes down to that ARC-F lens, plus, being a native 4K projector sure doesn't hurt.
No matter the specific reasons, the bottom line, is that - you get to be wowed by a killer picture and viewing experience, for about the cost of a entry level BMW or Telsa Model 3. As I like to say, you'll spend more time watching this projector, than driving (at least most people will), and on top of that, you should be enjoying almost every minute you watch your projector. When you are driving that fancy car, though, you are mostly, likely to be dealing with traffic and other unpleasantness (such as a 50 minute commute)...
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