About seven years ago I was very active on this forum, which helped me researched and build my home theater. For video I bought a 3-chip JVC DLA-HX1 from the guys at AV Science, and a 100" Stewart Firehawk screen. I got a TAW DigiLink SDI DVD player, built a HTPC with a Immersive H3D scaler. All in all, it was a pretty nice system, although I shudder to think now how much I spent on it. I stopped visiting the forum and watched my HX1 for 988 hours in ignorant bliss, unaware of what the "new" projectors could do. Its worked well, although often the HX1 is temperamental and won't strike the lamp when I try to start it, usually when I have guests over...
Then this weekend I did something bad- I bought a Blu Ray player. This $200 device has brought all the shortcomings to light in my one-time killer home theater. From the DVI cable that won't pass 1080p to the projector that won't accept 24 Hz video, to my Adcom 830 surround preamp that won't handle the new codecs (I decided to use analog 6ch from the player's decoder).
So naturally I started looking at what's out there. I like (maybe "familiar with" is the better word) JVC DILA, so am leaning that way. I work in TV so the importance of a 3-chip imaging device has been pounded into my head, so I want that too. Looking over all the models currently on JVC's website, they all look exactly the same... with the exception of the $175,000 4k projector, they are ALL based on .7 inch, 3-chip 1920x1080 DILA architecture. And compared to my HX1's measly 800:1 contrast ratio, even the cheapest machine's 15,000:1 seems mind-blowing. And the HX1 DID make a pretty good picture. They all seem to have the same processor, lamp, and accept the correct signals.
So what's the difference? Unfortunately in the past 7 years I've assumed even more expensive hobbys (airplanes) so I really don't WANT to spend $10,000 on a projector again, especially considering how impressive the cheaper ones look on paper compared to what I'm used to. (I'd rather spend that 10k on new flat-panel avionics in my Glasair
I saw the special on the top of this forum about B-stock RS35's. I could do that, but that's the difference between that, and say, a RS20 for sale by a forum member on ebay? (outside of the hours of course). When I read the specification pages on these 1080p projectors, I see a lot of things repeated.
Bring me up to speed!