Originally Posted by S A M 33
Boy did I have fun last night, like a 12 year old at Christmas! Everything installed so easy and worked better than I hoped!
Going from 7-year-old technology you really notice some differences.
Just a quick few impressions:
The brightness on the RS40 is EXACTLY as the Projector Central calculator predicted - just a tad less than my old Sanyo. I've been looking for a full 1080p unit to replace it for at least 2 years, and this is the first one to more or less equal it that's not dlp (I see rainbows) or over 10k.
Again, I'm shooting it 23 FEET onto a 1.0 gain white wall, 10 feet wide. Also again, I know most here would find that too much, but I'm satisfied - in high lamp mode however. But I knew this going in, and since I only watch movies on weekends, I'm about 10 hours a week of usage, so I don't sweat the bulb issue too much. I was averaging 2-3 years on the last PJ.
Bottom line, I think most here are going to be very happy with this unit's brightness - if you're shooting 100 inches onto a screen with any gain at the more average 10 - 15 ft. throw most seem to use, I can't help but think this is one of the brighter projectors around.
D-ILA - WOW! The blacks are really amazing compared to the old Sanyo, and I zoomed the image up to 12 feet wide, NO PIXELS VISIBLE until I was a foot from the screen.
Out of the box, much nicer picture than my last one started with. I had to do hours of tweaking to get the Sanyo looking good, and while I'll mess with this (not to the degree many here will of course) more, the various picture pre-sets give you a decent place to start IMHO.
OK, so 3D? Yes, that's dimmer than I'd like at my current size, but I'm going to paint a gain screen, and also I can zoom the image a bit smaller. Still, it was satisfying, and as many here have said, SIZE MATTERS with 3D. The 3D picture mode did seem best to me here, it looks horrible without the glasses on.
Ghosting? Depends on the material, but I do see some, not enough to bother me, you're talking to a guy who'd been projecting home-brew anaglyphs in the past.
It worked perfectly, a piece of cake to set up.
Also got a new OPPO 93, and to my utter amazement I was able to play recorded side-by-side 3D material off a USB hard drive, no problem! Just went into the JVC's menu and set it to SBS, bingo! The OPPO recognized the drive right away. I never really thought that would work.
I won't bore you guys any more, I know most of you want more hard-core tweaking specs and info than a guy like me will provide. Thanks again to the many here for all the great knowledge that helped me figure all this out.
S A M 33