My Impressions of the JVC RS-10 Video Projector.
First I must describe exactly how I'm watching it to try to lend some perspective: The Screen is the DIY Parkland Plastics ver that I thought I discovered at a Menards. It's 7' diagonal 16:9
. A few years back I rushed home to write about it here, but I found that there are a number of threads about it already. One thing that I did was to follow the advice of one poster here, who showed how painting the back of it with a certain silver latex paint actually increases the contrast, so I did that when I built it a few years back. The material is used for covering shower walls and stuff. It's as close to indestructible as you can get. I would THINK it is low gain. 1 to 1.1? It certainly has less sheen then many that I've seen in the stores - very close to flat white.The throw distance is exactly 9' away, and my viewing distance is about 12 feet away.
My field of vision is quite well filled up. My guess is that this would be brighter than many people who shoot 120" screen, and have the unit farther away. This might be an advantage for me, when I say how stunning it looks. The DVD unit is the Panasonic DMP-BD55.
One reason that I selected that one is that it will play back my collection of DVD RAM disks, where hardly any other machine will do that. The up conversion of standard DVD's is excellent. The HDMI cable is a 6' Acoustic Research pro model.
Maybe its the smaller size of the screen, but using the original Avia test DVD
I came up with the following settings:
After finding it on the Panny, I have it set for 24 frame/96 Hz, 12 bit color.
Lamp time at this writing 24 Hrs
Contrast = 0
Brightness = 1
Color = -2 to -3 (on the Avia DVD -3 BARELY shows flicker on the saturation blocks
Tint = 0
Sharpness = 0 (and I am a sharpness fanatic!) This unit has all of the sharpness that you can imagine. I used to run the BenQ almost full out.
Color Temp = 6500K
Gamma Custom 1 = 2.4 - from people's opinions on this thread
Lens Aperture = 1
Lamp power = normal
Mask = off
My room is HLC - Hillbilly light controlled.When the reviewers say that this unit is quite accurate out of the box, they aren't kidding."The Dark Knight," seemed really saturated, but I think most of that is do to the film,
so I wound up turning the color down for it. Flesh tones seem to have that sunburned look to them on -2. Further, from scene to scene, sometims the flesh tones looked way over the top, such as Eric Roberts, and everybody in the courtroom. On other scenes, such as with Michael Caine, his face looked pale and pink. This certainly seems to me to be the different way that all of the scenes were shot. I felt like I couldn't get it right, because the producers never got it right.
Subjective stuff: So on Sat I watched, "The Dark Knight" (Blue-ray) and I'll tell you, I was just gassed. The makeup on the late, great Heath Ledger's face was so incredibly detailed. You could easily see where little tiny bits of makeup were starting to dry up, and flake off, as if you could walk up to him, and peel a chunk of it off with your fingernail. Morgan Freeman is one of my favorite actors, and for the first time I have to say there is a LOT going on with his face!
LOL I felt like I could see the detail of it for the first time. People on this thread have mentioned an almost three dimensional quality to the look of this unit, and ITA with that. There were times when it looked like the images were one foot in front of the screen. Last night I watched, "The Worlds Fastest Indian" (Blue-ray) with Anthony Hopkins pursuing the motorcycle world speed record. (If there is any gear head in you, you will LOVE this film.
) It's a bright film with plenty of color when it's needed. The flesh tones looked real good, with the settings that I've described. To my relief, when I popped in, "Blue Crush," and moreover, "New York Minute" Kate Bosworth and the Olsen twins looked perfect!
I sit about 1/3 of the way from the screen in the theater. (I'll hardly be going there at all anymore) The other thing is that on this unit, what little, tiny screen door effect there is, I can't even see it until I'm about 3' from the screen.
That means I'll be rearranging the furniture, and moving my chair up to about 6-7 feet away. That right there is a HUGE improvement over where I am now, because of the tech behind this unit. Another shocker is the dynamic range. There were times, while watching Batman, that I was loving the different levels of grays and blacks in a dark scene, then POW
a bright scene would pop on, and it was almost scary. The RS10 draws you in, and it won't let go.What I don't like:
the response of the unit when changing inputs takes about 2-3 seconds each. You can't save the basic adjustments to 2-3 users etc. The remote is flimsy. and the thing that others have mentioned is the lack of proper color settings. Maybe somebody can help me here, but in the AVIA color decoder settings, which it doesn't look like we can adjust, it LOOKED like it needed about 1 to 1.5 steps up on blue, VERY hard to tell on green, and possibly even a bit more on red. The thing with me is, to get the color to match the surrounding gray area on that disk, I have to experiment back and forth. For instance with the PE8700, I could get it dialed in perfectly. On this, I wasn't able to adjust them any farther up. There is no "forth" only back. THAT, for the money is maddening. That totally, completely annoying thing said, the basic picture is just a knockout, but I would sure like to be able to get tat last 8% out of the color.
Anyway, I hope this gives a little help and perspective, and certainly if you're using the Parkland Screen, (FAT CHANCE!) now you know almost exactly how it will look. I think I will wind up having it calibrated. Thanks for all of the info on this thread, and I have a LOT more questions than answers.