Originally Posted by Highlander_AVS
As a Lucky man .. No need of hand picked components paying for them additional $2000 (990....)...
Someone on the AV Forums in the UK made a similar point, basically saying that the RS35 is essentially a hand picked RS25. I do not believe that would be the case and here is why...
As many here know and as Mark mentioned above there is great variability between these components from unit to unit - the lens and light engine, chips, polarizers, convergence and much more varies.
So in any given RS25 lets suppose you typically would have a mix - for example one unit may have really good convergence and optics, but mediocre chips - with the result being great convergence and sharpness but maybe the on/off and fade to black is not as great as in other RS25s - but its sharpness is better. Then you can have a different unit that is better in some things and worse in others, yielding its own advantages and disadvantages compared to other machines.
Then you may have some machines that are unlucky and generally have poorer components with results on the low end across the board compared to other machines, and the opposite with some lucky machines.
So if what I understand is correct, then with the RS35 they are using the best of ALL the components, essentially guaranteeing you a stellar machine. If you have a dealer that is able somehow to go through dozens and dozens of machines and hand pick the best, that may be similar to the RS35. Most of us do not have such an option. And perhaps with some rare exceptions (like I said earlier, trying dozens of machines) I would anticipate (expect) that the RS35 would outperform even hand picked RS20s.
I can see why this approach may upset some. As I mentioned earlier, for me I am happy to pay the premium and actually appreciate having the HD990 as an option. If the premium turns out to be worth it to me, I will go for it. If not I will either skip an upgrade this year, or go with another machine. But at least I have the option. Maybe I am biased because I have had troubles in the past with the initial units I've gotten and had to go through some hassles to get it straightened out, but nonetheless this option removes the biggest obstacle of upgrading for me - which is predictability.