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Disclaimer: this is purely based on 30 mins viewing of Open Season 3D,viewing additional content my increase or decrease my liking of the RS40 in 3D (I will post additional 3D impressions in the next 24 hours using other type of 3D material, like DirecTV 3D documentaries, IMAX blurays, Sports, live action 3D movies) and only then I can give you the full feedback.
Guys and gals,
I know y'all are sleeping and having nice dreams about the 3D possibilities on your new RS40/50/60 but then the Darkness Monster with his doom and gloom scares you about how dim your new JVC projector is gonna be in 3D. But then I come and wake all of you up to let you know this mother f-in projector is Too Gosh Darn Bright in 3D that I almost wanted to wear sunglasses over the 3D ones. Yes you heard me right!!! The RS40 is super bright in 3D and even with the Xpand X103 or JVC OEM glasses in active mode, this thing is still a light canon in 3D and almost overbearingly bright even with th glasses turned on, I actually took the brightness down from 0 to -7 because it was too bright for me, even though I am projecting 15 ft away against a 9.5 foot wide 16x9 AT screen with only 1.1 gain. I know it's a new bulb and all, but gosh darn it it's freakin bright! I will be happy if it goes down to a 1/3rd or half brigthness by 1000 hours. To put it to you in perspective, the projected 3D image with glasses on was almost 50% brighter than my Old RS20 at 1300 hours, I wanna say almost 70% brighter than and RS20 at half life but I don't ewanna get too excited.
I really think that mot of us blew the whole brightness thing out of proportion based on preproduction reviews and early demos. After experiencing the first 30 mins in 3D i Definitely have no desire to get an HP screen, because it will be extremely bright and no longer enjoyable, but hey thats just me. But I definitely don't want to see how much brighter it will be with an HP screen, it will definitely be blinding!
Hats off to JVC for blowing me away, all my brightness and polarization worries have completely gone away after viewing 30 mins of Open Season in 3D. I gotta tell you my eyes hurt, not from 3D but from the brightness but again i have been up for almost 24 hours now, so my eyes may just be weak, but there is no mistaking the significantly increased brigthness in 3D mode. I really wish I could get all of you in the same room with me to see what i am seeing and get excited as i have over the past 45 mins.
Here is another mind blowing thought! The 3D quality in this RS40 pretty much blows away my Sony 55HX800 and the Panasonic 3D Plasmas I have seen on demo at Bestbuy, it really makes them appear inferior once you see the 3D effect and the sharpness of it against a 100"- 120" screen.
And get ready for this! The 3D RS40 image (with the Xpand or JVC glasses in active mode) is much brighter than my Sony HX800 LED flat panel, I was completely surprised as everyone told me that its highly unlined that the RS40 will be as bright as the current crop of 3D flat panels, but instead it looks like not only the RS40 is bright, but it's noticeably brighter than my Sony, I would say by a least 30%. I almost want to return my Sony HX800 but I got such a good deal on it that i will keep it for 2D viewing y in the living room, and very occasional 3D viewing as I do not intend to ruin my 3D appetite on an inferior 55" flat panel. Yeah i said it, INFERIOR!! You guys have no idea what's in store for you, I would recommend you have a change of underwear handy when you have your first 3D viewing on the RS40/X3, your mind will be blown and you may pee a little.
I don't know what else to say other than WOW!!!! I cannot believe this amazing technology is in my theater!!! And will hopefully be on all of your Theaters very very soon! Man you have no idea how good we will have it in comparison to 3D flatpanel owners. The current 3D flat panels cannot touch the Sheer DEPTH, color, brigthness and magnified sharpness this projector has over the flat panels, they don't stand a chance!!!
No remember that I only watched 30 mins of Open Season which is a very colorful and bright movie, and this movie exhibited no ghosting on the RS40 and it looks hands down better on the RS40 than my Sony HX800 in every aspect of picture quality you can think of. Check out the next post as i will also discuss the differences (or should i say lack of differences) between the Xpand X103 glasses and the JVC OEM glasses.