Originally Posted by John Ballentine
Many RS20 owners will disagree.
There are many performance (and ergonomic) improvements (over RS-2) besides the excellent CMS which gives much more accurate colors (once you get used to accurate color - there is no going back):
Also - Greg Rogers mentioned this in his review (I agree):
"The RS20 is significantly brighter and produces higher full-field (on-off) contrast ratios than the RS-2."
I think the increased brightness (+ 300 lumens!) is an extremely important performance upgrade.
Another nicety for me is the handy 16 step adjustable remote control iris so you can fine tune your brightness (and contrast) through out the life of your bulb. The Gamma adjustment menu is much improved (over RS-2).
ZERO light spill was another HUGE plus for me moving to the RS20. Not to mention Stellar shading. And it was nice to lose the clunky RS-2 manual lens shift (replaced by ultra smooth motorized remote control mechanism).
I think much can also be said about the re-designed case and straight-shot light configuration (w/ improved 17 element lens w/ ED glass).
Greg Rogers mentioned this in his review:
“The new RS20 lens provides much better red focus and is a significant improvement compared to the RS-2 lens.”“Sharpness exceeds ANY CRT projector while producing film images that never look edgy & w/ less chromatic aberration than many more expensive DLP projectors.”
The side exhaust and auto lens cover are also nice extras. As is the ability to turn off the green-only crosshatch patterns (for adjusting focus) and added 12-volt screen trigger (handy for us CIH guys).
The new THX mode is very useful too (for calibration comparisons).
Additional Greg Rogers notes:
“The resulting film like motion, coupled with the extraordinary contrast ratio and nearly perfect color accuracy produced some of the most outstanding DVD images I’ve seen."
"Film grain appears natural, and mosquito noise and other compression artifacts are not exacerbated."
"Gray scale pattern demonstrated excellent near-black linearity and was completely free of visible noise - which is Amazing - considering the black fields are so exceptionally dark."
"The best HD film transfers look more like film - than on any other lamp-based projector’s I’ve seen."
"The Holy Grail of home theater is to combine the best qualities of the finest CRT front projectors w/ the advantage of modern lamp-based projectors. The RS20 comes closer to that goal than any projector before it! My new reference projector.”
So you were saying?