Originally Posted by darinp2
I haven't seen the demo yet (hope the line isn't too long tomorrow) and so this isn't a review of the images it puts out, but my opinion about how good the projector itself looks. I would give the Qualia projector about a 9.5 out of 10 for aesthetics and this one a 2 out of 10. I'm not sure if this has been posted, but as one person pointed out to me, most of the projector looks like truck bed liner, or something like that. I hope this isn't final and they change it.
Darin, I absolutely agree with you about the look of the Sony 1000: looks like sprayed on Styrofoam, with glitter thrown in—awfully cheesy! I beat up on several Sony guys in their demo area, expressing a great desire that this be changed in the final product (they thanked me and assured me that this was a prototype). I hope that you and others gave them a hard time about this. What I would most prefer is the finish on the 95, dull black (don’t really care for the piano black of other Sony’s or the JVCs, but it’s not a big deal). I don’t even like the glitzy decoration around the lens; again, looks cheap, whereas this is supposed to be the class of the field. Mark H, can you ‘officially’ tell them that AVS wants the cabinet material changed!?
But apart from that, I am intrigued by the possibility of the 1000 (provided Mark H and AVS can come up with an attractive deal). Here below I list what I think are the advantages of the Sony 1000 over the JVC RS55 (some of which are specific to me, but most more general). I list these so that you—and anybody—can poke holes in my reasoning and talk me out of this madness!
Advantages of the Sony 1000 vs the JVC RS55:
1. Much brighter (~ 2x), and as we all know, ‘brightness is a seducer’!
2. Native CR is likely as great or greater, plus has an excellent DI to amplify it
3. Shorter min throw ratio (1.27 vs 1.38) [Darin, didn’t you post some while ago, re the JVC, that min throw gave the sharpest pic?]
4. Quieter (probably by at least ~ 6 dB)
5. Probably better fast motion handling (at least this has been true so far for SXRD vs DILA)
6. A true 4K pj, can take 4K input (and Lumagen seems to be planning on a next generation Radiance that can output 4K from 1080i/p, etc., sources)
Both have lens memory and regional pixel adjust, so that’s a draw.
So the Sony 1000 seems to best the RS55 in all important parameters—brightness, CR, resolution, quietness, throw ratio, etc.—not the usual ‘pluses and minuses’ that we always discuss when comparing projectors, e.g., dlp to lcos, etc. Furthermore, since the Sony is not scheduled to deliver the 1000 until Jan, it should be their flagship consumer pj for at least several years, during which time they will presumably be highly motivated to make sure it performs up to its potential. The only advantage I see for the RS55 over the 1000 is price, but this of course may trump everything else, depending on the person and how good a deal AVS can come up with.
PS Great talking with you and the other guys last night--but it's good to be back home!
PS It's probably not 'fair' to compare two pj's so different in MSRP (though maybe less in reality?), but I only do it because these are the two that are under my consideration. As is clear, I think the Sony 1000 will be better in most ways, but if i decide not to go for it then the RS55 would be what i upgrade to this year.