Dang, I got a message about RS45. I want to go ahead and finalize the preorder, but I am having last minute doubts.
I have RS40 and have been happy with it. Good convergence, no brightless loss (perhaps marginal), I am only at ~400 hrs since late February when I got it. No other issues. Locked up twice or three times at most. No big deal.
I am disappointed to read that the lens memory on RS45 is a little bit unreliable. That's a shame, because getting the shift/zoom in the ballpark is easy. It is getting it dialed perfectly that's more time consuming. The fact that the lens memory does not store mask, is a huge (and STUPID) omission. I have 2.35 screen so I mask off content bigger than 2.35 (2.40/2.39 is pretty common). I also think 3 presets is not enough. It should support at least four, I'd use them for: 16:9/1.37:1, 1.85:1, 2.35:1, 2.40:1.
I browsed thru the RS55 thread seeing if I perhaps should step up to RS55 (e-shift seems like good stuff) but intial problem reports kinda put me off. And extra $2k is not chump change.
Also the risk of getting a unit that is worse in term of convergence, etc, makes me even less enthused about upgrade.
Finally, it seems that resale value of RS40 plummeted. Bunch of units on ebay for $2200 that didn't sell.
Seems like holding onto RS40 looks like an attractive option. If the bulb goes prematurely, I hope I'll be able to get one out of JVC, or at worst pay for it. Still would be ahead cost wise vs. upgrading to RS45.