Picked mine up from UPS last night. A few pitiful photos before I get some sleep. Watched Beowolf on DVD since I do not have my Panasonic DMP-BD55 Bluray player until the 18th.
Context: I have owned only an early Runco DLP and my precious JVC G-15 (Phelps-calibrated) but have viewed a wide assortment of projectors and RPTV's based upon DLP, LCD and DILA wannabes.
My bias: I want film-like, not video-like esthetic presentation.
Low visual fatigue = immersion for me, so the dithering of DLP (still required even in 3 chippers) not to mention RBE in single chippers rules out DLP for me. The SDE (or optical-smearing-to-hide-it tricks) in LCD made that technology less compelling than DILA.
OK, so fresh from Jason's quality evaluation process (Thank you Jason!), I set up a quick temporary stand, and quickly centered the projector, set zoom and focus, set Gamma to 2.4, iris to 2 (only three positions 1,2,3), color to Natural with brightness - 3 and contrast + 3, then reset the Lumagen Vision HDP for HDMI 1920x1080P @60 all in about 25 minutes.
Then I watched Beowolf.......
OK, so I have jumped from 630:1 @1100 calibrated lumens (new lamp) to ~18000:1 @ 980 lumens (6500 but surely not yet near the calibration standard that W Phelps set on the G15) and I have had the G15 for almost 8 years.
This machine is truly an all around technological gem! Its looks are very clean and radiate the pride of its engineers. Its flexible feature set is a tweaker's /installers dream. The state of the art, especially for around $4000, really has progressed in dramatic fashion.
Remember the early days, when DLP's main claim to superiority over the other two main technologies was on/off contrast? Funny how once that early advantage was eclipsed by JVC, the new must-have became ANSI-contrast, because DLP holds the lead there?
Whatever, I see vast room for fine tuning the gamut, gray scale and gamma with this projector, allowing the picture to become a work of art instead of a technological statement.
I am very pleased that I made the move from one of the first affordable projectors that allowed HD vertical resolution (using an anamorphic lens) 10 years ago, to this little brother to the best of class/price range projector.
As a technologist, I am falling in love with this brilliant piece of kit!
The only thing I envy in the RS20 is the larger number of manual iris steps.
I will go to a Lumagen Radiance if I cannot get the gamut close enough.
No offense to RS20 lovers but I like the trade off of contrast for lumens, even with only 3 iris steps to play with. I can get back some contrast by sacrificing some lumens or open it up for the occasional sporting event in ambient light conditions.
As an early adopter, it is hard to believe what JVC has delivered at the RS10's price point just a little over a decade after it introduced its built-like-a-tank business projectors, and for a list price that is almost a fourth of the g15's list price, and in inflated dollars!
What a time for lovers of fine engineering and technological art. I may not make it another 8 years with this unit but I can avoid the merry-go-round of upgrade-itis for at least 3 years with this sweet, unassuming performer.
Oh and one more thing: this thing is very sharp (not the spurious sharpness of mirror edges but revealing exactly what the DILA panel is doing).
Plenty sharp enough to resolve 1920x1080 pixels.
Only when your girlfriend (or your relationship with her) is missing that synergistic something must you console yourself with her superiority in selected features, mere pieces of the missing whole.
It is the elusive, holistic, un-definable rightness when you are in a relationship that exceeds your expectations, that trumps all the component analytical pieces that are part of what we seek, in immersion into a shared soul space or immersion into an esthetic experience, mediated by technology made art.
I love my RS10!
(lewd innuendos high-mindedly ignored!) 8=>