Granted, the 61000 will be a very capable projector with a CMS. However, I think it is highly unlikely that Epson will price their top of the line, new LCD-R technology projector to compete with the "entry-level" JVC RS45. I think the 61000 will be more like $1,500 above the RS45.
At that price, you still will not have comparable native CR to ANY of the JVC projectors. Cine4home reported native CR of 25,000:1 for the European version of the 61000. The "entry level" JVC RS45 has double that native CR at 50,000:1. And you could easily pick up a video processor for the RS45 later, if you really wanted absolute CMS performance, and probably still be under the cost of the 61000.
Lumen output should be similar after calibration, however the RS45 might
have a small lead here, too, if Rod Sterling, JVC's Chief Engineer is to be believed. Preliminary reports are that we can expect close to 1000 lumens from the RS45 after calibration this year. The 61000 measured 950 lumens after calibration in the Cine4home tests. (Official published numbers are 1200 lumens for the 61000 and 1300 lumens for the RS45.)
Again, all of these numbers and street prices have yet to be announced, measured, and confirmed in a head-2-head shootout - so don't take any of this information as absolute gospel just yet!FAIR WARNING
: I could be wrong. This is just how I am analyzing this situation right now, and in the interest of full disclosure, I have already placed my order for a JVC RS45. I'm looking forward to having it before Christmas.