Ok, more comments/observations after watching my first 2 full movies today:
-I updated the firmware yesterday and tried it out today. The HDMI issues appear to be flat out GONE. I know the description for it says it corrects Panasonic 3d player issues but I didn't have a single issue with the PS3/my 94TXH receiver. Nice to see that this appears to have been corrected with that firmware or somehow things today decided to do a 180 from Wednesday when I hooked it up and had all those problems. I'll see how things go tomorrow.
-I still have my RS2 so I decided to set it up with a used spare bulb I have that has 1400 hours on it as I wanted to see what the black level comparison was like given I said before I felt the black level at the -5 aperture setting was around the RS2 with a 1k bulb. Well, it turns out I was close but still off. I looked at both in their 'hide' mode and then with the green line pattern. With the aperture fully opened the black level looked to be about equal or ever so slightly better than the RS2's 1400 hour bulb and of course you have the added brightness to go with this. At -7 (the setting I am indeed using for movies) the black level was clearly better and the image still much brighter. At the -15 setting the black level looked to be twice as good and the image was still brighter. Obviously if this were a new RS2 bulb then the difference would be even greater so there is no question in my mind now that the RS50's black is quite superior to that of the RS2.
-I decided to go through some of the picture/colour modes and decided on using the Cinema setting. At first I was using the cinema 2 colour profile and watched my two movies that way. After I checked out standard and it seems standard matches up with the mode the THX profile is using. One thing with going to cinema is it has that filter click sound happening while in standard it didn't do that when switching to THX so that makes me think it matches up for the most part. I am going to leave it on standard until I can either try and calibrate this projector or someone else does and posts their CMS values even though I (again) know it wont be perfect for my pj but it could be very close so it'd be worth first trying out. I'm thinking the standard setting must be pretty close to accurate though given how things looked. I went with a profile other than THX because I want to have access to adjusting most of the settings, the main one being gamma which I changed to the 2.3 setting as I find it adds more depth than the value they are using for the THX mode.
-Regarding the colour fringing/breakup on edges of objects in motion (ie officials outfits in football), while checking out the scrolling lyrics in Rock Band 3 it is there but it is incredibly minor that to me at least, it was almost impossible to see outside of being a few feet from the screen. This is an artifact I used to see on the RS1/RS2 all the time with the same material from my seat so clearly I have no issues with how it is now....at least so far with what I have tested it with.
-Regarding motion of things like scrolling horizontal text, again I checked this in Rock Band 3 with lyrics as I figured they scroll fast so it'd be a good test...there is blur though it is MUCH improved over the RS2. Before I would have difficulty trying to read the lyrics as they scrolled by while on the RS50 they didn't pose any real issue to me. I tested out the CMD settings with the lyrics and there is bad colour breakup on mode 1&2 but the text was very clear/smooth moving by. On mode 3 & 4 the breakup wasn't an issue and while the text wasn't as clear as M1&2, it was visibly clearer than with the CMD off. For things like that game and maybe all other games I will play with CMD set to mode 3. Given that the lyrics scroll by pretty quick, I'd think stock/sports tickers would look less blurry since they don't scroll by as quickly. I went searching (briefly) for a program or channel that had one and couldn't find one at the time I was checking this out.
-The first movie I watched was Wall-E (since it is one of my favourite movies) and things looked great. Many times the aspect ratio bars were so dark that they came very close to being indistinguishable from the screen frame. Things looked great all around.
-The second movie I watched was The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and being a black & white movie, it of course showed off the one issue my RS50 has which is that uniformity/tinting issue on grey fields where around the centre of the screen certain shades of grey take on a slightly purple tint. I played around with the screen correction option and felt that "02" lessened this tint issue because it added a slightly greener look to the image which I didn't mind too much with the b&w image. Aside form the uniformity issue, the image looked fantastic with some incredible depth at times.
-Regarding the uniformity problem, I was in Get Grey after the movie finished and the area is bigger than I thought as it is most of the middle part of the screen which makes me think I may be able to really decrease its visibility by adjusting the greyscale/gamma for the selected IRE levels it mainly shows up in....I'll have to see how much of the screen this impacts and weigh if adjusting for it at the expense of the non shaded sections is the lesser of two evils. The reason it may not be more on the sides is because of the other issue which is that bluish border I mentioned on the sides. Turns out it is actually around the entire image and it is the worst on the left side (right side if table mounted) and the bottom (top if table mounted) to the point it cheeses me off. It is somewhat of a very light turquoise colour on a white background and it was very obvious in the b&w movie. I'm wondering if this is something JVC would even look into/fix under warranty or if they'd just say it is within spec. I guess I will ask Chris (think that is his name, right?) here and see. Figures I would get an otherwise solid performing RS50 and have this issue. I believe my RS1 had a similar issue with the shading though it didn't have the outer edge problem. I don't recall having any shading issues on the RS2.
That's basically all I have to report here today. If by chance anyone has any questions regarding things I have posted (or wants me to check into something) then please send me a PM as I'm not a big 'thread' guy meaning I don't want to have to try and follow a thread on a regular basis and see if anyone is asking me a question. The RS40 owner's thread is a perfect example of this as I would check it out and then a day later there'd be like 3 more pages of posts added.