Originally Posted by noah katz
"The main difference wasn't so much the black level, but the brighter whites in dark scenes"
Which one had the brighter whites? The 350 is supposed to be brighter.
TBH, I couldn't really say that the HD350 was particularly brighter, but bear in mind I got the dealer to set the HD350 iris to position 2 and the the HD750 to position 6, so they were pretty close (didn't check with my meter though). In either case there is enough 'spare' brightness to allow for the bulb dimming (both had less than 40 hours on them IIRC). My screen is a 112" wide 2.35:1 tab tensioned Beamax with a gain of 1.5. It is equivelent to zooming out on a 128" diagonal 16:9. I'm lucky in that the PJ sits over 2 metres behind and even in high lamp mode, the fan could barely be heard from my seat with the amp muted. We had my AE3000 on the whole time too, so it was actually two fans together, so maybe my hearing isn't what it could be.
I did a more in depth 'review' over on the UK forum that I'm also a member of; I don't think I'm allow to link to it, but it should be easy enough to find for those interested enough.
I really like the lack of brightness compression with either of the JVCs: There was a scene in 'Forbidden Kingdom' where they where in a dark forest, with a camp fire in the background. When we went back to viewing it on my AE3000 the blacks of the forest still looked deep (though not as
deep as either JVC), but the camp fire looked like it was just a glowing ember. Equally, dark scenes with a window in the background showed the same effect with the bright outside sunshine showing through.
In parallel to this I've been getting to grips with my Lumagen HDQ, so that will be able to help fine tune the HD350 where it's own controls can't help. I didn't actually fine the colours of the HD350 too bad and we looked at the HD750 with various CMS settings (gleened from this forum's HD750/RS20 calibration thread) and I found I prefered the 'recJVC' which on the oversaturated side anyway, maybe why I found the HD350 acceptable? I can reduce red or green push with the HDQ, so I'll see what I manage with the HD350.
I plan to edit the three iris positions in the service menu to give me the same brightness in 2.35:1 zoom mode and 16:9 then keep the third setting for extra brightness on rare occasions when viewing with ambient light.
I'm hoping my dealer can get me one for next weekend as it looks like my AE3000 will be going to it's new home later this week.