Wow. Everyone needs to relax
This thread started so nice and now it's already a JVC bashing fest. If anyone has a right to bash JVC it would be me due to the crap I had to deal with the X7. But, I don't judge an entire company or their product line up due to one bad projector (yes, I know other people had issues too, but mine were to the next level)
I've done a lot more watching and I will confirm that the 2D is REALLY good. I actually get goose bumps watching the same material I've seen before. I've watched a few movies from start to finish, and the level of detail the X70 produces is unmatched. You can see what every metal, fiber and texture is made off. You notice creases, patterns on walls, bad paint on sets, etc. Really nice and pulls you into the movie.
I'm not positive, but it looks like ANSI contrast has gone up dramatically also (need someone like Sowk who does ANSI measurements) to test it. But, bright scenes really pop WAY more then on the X7, even with the IRIS clamped down.
I don't do professional reviews, or any measurements. I used to in the CRT days but I find that once you go down that route, it's an never ending path, and actually stops me from enjoying the reason I bought the projector. To WATCH movies and not to fiddle with CMS, greyscale, gamma, etc after every movie, and then while watching movies wondering if I need a recalibration because i've had the projector going for 20 hours, or if my greyscale has shifted due to some bulb age. I will get x70 calibrated and then leave it until a lamp change (hopefully won't happen to soon
) but I can tell you I've owned over 15 projectors and I know what makes a good picture, and the X70 is the real deal. I can't wait until we also get some "professional" reviews from the likes of Cine4home or some of our members. The only thing with "professional" reviews is that they tend to focus all about the numbers and colour charts etc, but don't really provide an opinion. I find cine4home is like a really good spec sheet with accurate numbers but when have they ever compared one projector to another in subjective analysis. I know what my eyes see, and it likes what it see
On to 3D. Watched some more content (I have over 60 3D blurays) and it's not as bad as I originally thought. For live action stuff, the ghosting is not really that bad, but some movies like Giants of Pantagoria (sp) destroy the X70, and still have more ghosting then the X7, but the majority is not too bad. It seems to stand out more so in animated movies, but again it was much worse on cars 2, and Despicable Me, then on How to Train your Dragon or Open Season.
The Positives on the 3D are: Brighter, sharper, and better colour.
The Negatives are: more ghosting.
I wonder if the whole process of keeping the shutters open longer to increase brightness is the sole reason for the ghosting? If the shutter is open to long it will not block out the image from the other eye. Maybe they can add a mode that lets you choose the brightness level (shutter speed) at the expense of ghosting. Also the ghosting doesn't look normal. It reminds me of overdrive ghosting which I had on an LCD where the panels are driven way to hard and produce a strange contour around edges to the ghosting. I'll post pics.
Also, I don't have a final firmware so who knows if that fixes anything, not to mention I don't have the new JVC glasses which may better sync to the new shutter speeds.
DON'T JUDGE THE X70 ON 3D YET. We don't know enough, and need more user feedback and final firmware.
I use a carada 110" BW screen. I've been mainly using the THX preset which looks very accurate (by eye) with great shadow detail, and great colour.