Originally Posted by Chris Albert
It's a gorgeous image. I'm a television DP (60 Minutes, documentaries etc) and I'm still blown away years after getting it how good the image is. For $700 it's a crazy steal.
Mine was a b-stock from AVS for $1800 and I thought that was amazing. Original price was around $5k I think. Perhaps buy one of these and wait for 4K laser projectors to come down in price, that's my plane.
I'm projecting on to a 120" 2.35:1 Carada screen.
I agree if you can actually find one for $600 to $1000, it is a very good buy despite the lamp risks. I mean no NEW projectors even come close to the JVC at that price point.
Here is an ACTIVE auction on a used RS-45 currently at about $650 with 2 days left:
Although for the price it's a crazy steal, the only issue (besides lamps) I have with the JVC's of this generation are how hard calibrating both the RS-40 and RS-45 are as far as drooping gamma over time and yellow cast (at least on the RS-45, not sure about yellow cast on the RS-40). When these older JVC's first came out, most projectors all still had their own unique calibration issues. However, in Today's projector world, most of the newer projectors all come with much better gamma and color and are brighter.
With the RS-40 and RS-45, if you get the gamma issues fixed by using the calibration controls, it generally induces some pixelization and dirtiness to the picture, you have to find a middleground and it's tough on these PJ's. It can be overcome with an external device (Lumagen or HTPC), but then it gets quite complicated still. It can mostly be overcome with the internal controls, but it takes forever and takes hours and hours, and even then it's partly luck based really. Despite the gamma droop and yellow cast, the image it throws is still excellent however.
The best deal going is probably a used RS-49 / RS-4910 / x500 (but most people are asking too much for this PJ used), unless you are BIG into 3D then you are going to have to pony up for the RS-400/500/600 series. IF you can find a used RS-49 for $1500 or less, then that's the JVC to get other than the newer RS-400/500/600 series of course.