I got my unit very late yesterday. By the time I got it mounted and the image squared to the screen it was ridiculously late. So that only left 2 more hours to tweak and watch at least a few things.
Overall the picture looks very impressive. I cannot say just yet that it is in an entirely different league than my RS20, which by memory puts up a pretty good fight (my RS20 is one of best) but in the end will be bested.
Also I done little in the way of calibration - just the basics - brightness, contrast, setting gains for D65 (both in high and low lamps) and starting with what will be a long process of experimenting to find the best starting positions for CMS adjustments and then making those adjustments.
The convergence out of the box was not good. I was quite surprised by this because it sounded like everyone here was reporting exceptional convergence. Then again, I am not sure everyone is checking with a 1 pixel wide pattern which really shows what is going on.
The convergence controls on the unit are great though. I used the panel adjust feature to shift red 3 down and 2 over, and shift blue 2 over - something like that. With this the convergence looks great for most of the screen. Green is still off a half pixel or a bit more on the right side. That can likely be treated effectively with the zone adjustments. I am not sure however if I will try to tame that because I do not know yet what affect the zone-level adjustments would have.
Also the color uniformity on my unit is not great. There is a very slight pinkish tone on about the last 25% of one side - its not a hard line or a band but more like a cloud type of pattern. It can be seen with bright grayscale patterns (70%+) so I was concerned if it would show up on real world material. Indeed I did spot it in a few scenes. It is not something that goes away buy turning off any of the adjustments (sharpness, motion flow, etc).
I am curious to know whether all or most units exhibit this or whether its specific to my unit. If it specific to my unit - and it sounds like it because most here have reported no such issue - I am sure my dealer will take care of me so I am not worried about it. I need to learn more about it first.
Regarding lumens - I am near the end of the long throw - maybe about 10% from the end (106" diagonal, throw of 15.5 feet, 1.3 gain Firehawk). Lumens are as follows:
This is at D65 with a dE under 1.0. I measured 105 lux with my light meter with the pj on low lamp and got 325 lumens.
I then measured 171 lux with D65 on HIGH lamp which is 528 lumens.
NOTE THAT YOU MUST CALIBRATE GAINS DIFFERENTLY FOR HIGH LAMP otherwise you will read much higher...
I also was measuring using my i1 Pro meter off the screen from one foot away. For the high lamp it measured 24ftL which is right on the nose with what my spreadsheet says I should get with my 1.3 gain screen and 171 lux.
However for low lamp my i1 Pro was measuring 15ftL which is significantly higher than the 12.7ftL that I should be getting based on 105 lux according to my spreadsheet.
So there is a discrepancy here... I can understand it if the ftL read from the i1 in BOTH HIGH AND
LOW lamp mode did not match up to what my light meter said. But for it to match the light meter's number in high mode but not in low mode - that doesn't make sense.
I trust the light meter more than the i1 for this type of measure. Yet at the same time, coderguy's spreadsheet correctly predicted 24ftL for me on high and 15ftL on low - so that gives some more credibility to the i1 measurement. Any ideas? I will be experimenting more, you can be sure.
The shadow detail on this unit is exceptional and the best I have ever seen, period. With the JVCs I've owned it was not possible to see the 17% level (and in some cases 18%) without raising the entire black floor which I was unwilling to do, so I accepted some black crush. On the VW95 you can clearly make out these levels while black remains black. I believe this contributes to the great shadow detail.
Although I will be dialing in the CMS, I really like their Wide 1 color mode. It is oversaturated, but tastefully so (some folks like a bit more pop even if technically incorrect) without having a big impact on flesh tones. I could see watching animated movies like Up and Cars with this color mode instead of Rec 709.
Speaking of which, it looks like there may not be quite enough range to dial in the CMS perfectly when using the Wide 1 mode, which may mean Wide 2 could be required as a starting point for dialing in Rec 709. I'll have a lot more to say about this as I dig in this weekend.
I checked some motion handling with HD hockey. Wow! Let me repeat again, wow! When I saw the skaters moving around I immediately got that same feeling I get when standing near the glass at a game and watching the player skate around. I didn't think about it, the feeling just came over me. It took the "like looking through a window" expression and made it more like "opening the window and looking out". It looked like the players were gliding, and of course, they were!
The sharpness is great too - the announcer was talking into a big mic with a dense foam ball on the end (people still use those?) and you could see all the tiny little holes in the porous material that make up that foam. Guys I am not talking about seeing the screen on top of a metal mic - I am saying you could clearly make out all the tiny-tiny holes that are on that material. And remember I am sitting at 2x screen widths! Fine detail on this projector is outstanding.
Anyway, I have only managed to watch a few bits and pieces adding up to no more than an hour or so. My next step is to fully calibrate the projector, set up my favorite custom gamma (near 2.4 with lower low end) check its ANSI and on/off, and dial in the CMS. Then I will finally be able to sit down and fully evaluate the projector's performance and to what extent I am happy with it.
Speaking of which, I wasn't planning to do an A/B with the VW95 and my RS20, but now I am really curious to see how these two go head to head. Since I haven't sold my RS20 yet, I figure I might as well put it to good use. In my mind the 95 is superior it many but not all categories, so I want to see first-hand. I'll try to do this over the coming days. Afterall, I need to leave SOME time to actually watch the thing.
Lots more to come, so stay tuned! Any questions just ask away.