Originally Posted by xuniman
I also have a relatively small room (12' x 13') with a 100" 16x9 1.1 gain screen. Seating distance is about 11' from the screen. The projector is at nearly its shortest throw and that helps the brightness a little bit. I can only tell you that this is by far the best picture I have ever seen in my home. I have had HD projectors for 8 years (started with a Marantz VP12-S2 then moved to a FPJ1) and I am thrilled with this purchase. For me the 3D is a nice bonus that I'll have fun playing with but the improvement in the 2D picture is fantastic and justifies the upgrade whether it had 3D or not. The fact that the "Natural" setting is very close to an accurate Rec 709 color gamut is the icing on the cake. With the FPJ1 the colors were so far off out of the box that I ended up buying a VideoEQ unit to correct them. Does anyone want to buy a lovingly used VideoEQ?
I'm sure you will be pleased with the brightness, color and overall picture quality of this machine for 2D, the 3D is also quite good and will be a lot of fun to play around with as we figure out the best setups for different configurations of throw and screen. I'm even thinking of looking into a HP screen since they seem to be pretty reasonable for the fixed units in my size. The only thing I want to look at is whether I'll need to, or want to lower my shelf mount (which is currently about 3 feet over my head) in order to realize the benefits of the higher gain.
What do you HP folks think? Do I need to move the shelf? Will theer be a lot of gain lost if it's 3 feet over the center seat?
you bring up a good point, a good deal of the talk has been regarding 3D. I would stop for a minute to say the 2D is out of this world. The main reason I wanted to upgrade from my Mitsubishi HC5500 3LCD from ~2008 was for better contrast and black levels. I resisted going to the Epson 8500 which was noted as one of the best LCD's in regard to black levels. But I would always see the JVC owners discussing how there is no comparison to the best of the LCD's vs. the DILA projectors. I waited and watched for 2 years and was looking forward to the price and features of the RS40.
Coming from an LCD, this was an amazing improvement and exceeded my expectations for what I was hoping the JVC would look like. I know projectors have a long way to go compared to the Pioneer Plasma, but this is everything I was hoping for in regard to 2D PQ. Some say the black levels are raised on the HP screen, but so is everything else which creates an even perspective between light, dark and mixed scenes. I watched Underworld which is a movie I've always been frustrated watching on the 3LCD or the Acer DLP. it's a dark movie with deep details in the background if the display can handle it. This is the first time I got excited to see this movie. All the shadow details and the blacks to go along with it. There was a fade to black and for about 2 seconds, my eyes said 'lights out'. Day / Night difference from my old 3LCD. Black is black, not dark grey like I've become used.
While I am resisting to go pixel peeping looking for problems, the impression from the seat has renewed my interest in home theater. Before the JVC, the screen was great, the sound system impressive, but the display was always a bit of a letdown. For 2D alone this projector was worth the price. The 3D has a few issues here and there, but overall provides a pleasing performance. It's the sum of the parts. The great blacks / contrast, sharpness with nice 3D effect is impressive overall, and hopefully the bit of ghosting I see here and there isn't really going to take away from watching and enjoying a 3D movie. Each projector has it's own issue, the Acer was good at a couple of things, and not so much at others. I think the JVC is a nice balance of performance for a first generation 3D projector.
@Xuniman - I am a fan of the HP screen - for me it creates the 'plasma on the wall' appearance, but I tend to like a bright image. In my old configuration, I had a 92" Model C HP with the projector mounted about 3 ft overhead & it looks great. Very bright at that small size and colors were great. The real limitation is the viewing angle. I have 4 seats across and building a platform for 4 more behind it. My screen is 142" and the seats are about 16feet from the screen. The viewing angle is nice between the 4 seats, but would then fade off a bit on the outside of that area. I would sit in any of the 4 seats and the screen looked great. It might not be the best choice with a room that has wider seating.