Yeah, i see what you mean Mark, this is a VERY incremental upgrade from last year. specially for the higher end of the scale (the low end at least now gets a proper gamut preset, and CR comparable to last year's high end model)
For me, the biggest problem with JVC products is that. Well, I can't really afford them.
I have a reconditioned RS1x (with full warranty) that i got for $2250 about a year and a half ago. I like it a lot, I've used it quite a bit, but not nearly as much as i'd use it if the light source wearing out wasn't a lingering concern every time i want to use it.
I mean, i won't turn it on just to watch TV shows or anything on TV for that matter.
If the light source had comparable life to an HDTV i'd have it on all day for just about any content, no matter how bad the content looked.
So, really, this is almost as pointless an upgrade as the people that went from RS20 to either the RS25 or RS30, except of course for 3d support, which is the only thing that will be a really noticeable new feature for almost anyone that isn't you. (the owner)
Because i'll be damned if Joe six pack will be able to tell the CR difference between last years models and this years. or the fact that motion dithering is gone. (nice improvements, but most people won't notice them), or the fact that the image is more evenly lit (nice, but i dare people tell apart new lamps from old in most situations)
So, while these new projectors will be awesome for people that have really old models, or are looking to build a new HT from scratch.
For the people that feel compelled to upgrade are really going to be on diminishing returns for their money, but at least they'll get more for their upgrade this time than the people that went from RS20 to RS25, since at least they get 3d support along with their very incremental upgrades.
Unless i can sell my RS1x for a decent amount of cash, i don't see myself getting any of these new JVC projectors, as much as i would like one. (and i do...)
But i have to say, if they had made these projectors with the same, or very similar specs and a new light source, like say, lasers or LED's, i'd have a much easier time justifying buying one since i'd be able to use it all day every day. As opposed to only when i feel content worthy of watching on my big screen.