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The RS40-50-60 projectors are hard to calibrate, mostly because the gamma controls don't work properly. The remainder of the calibration controls work well enough and you can get some help from the gamma controls without spending a ton of time. Personally, I wouldn't charge more than $400 to calibrate a projector in that series.
JVC projectors vary quite a bit from unit to unit, so copying settings from some other sample of your model is a waste of time. All projectors and panels vary enough that copying settings is usually no better than adjusting by eye without a meter and calibration software. JVC models vary a bit more than average so you can't rely on numbers from any other source.
Do all your adjustments after there are 30 minutes on the lamp and you just have to live with the first 15-30 minutes looking a bit "off" compared to the fully-warmed-up state. That's assuming you don't have a bad lamp... that has happened with some JVC lamps. It's more common, in my experience, for a projector to vary (color-wise and brightness-wise) during warm-up than to NOT vary.
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