Originally Posted by edfowler
coming from a samsung sp-a800b and wanting more contrast/ better black levels, which one is the better projector of the two?
My last pj beforre the samsung was a sony g70 crt projector.
I switched from the RS20 / HD750 to the HC9000.
Before purchase I did sample the RS40 / X3 and the Sony VW90. Liked the Sony, but it was too expensive and a little too dim for my screen.
Compared to the RS20/RS40 the HC9000 is roughly 200 Lumens brighter.
The black level without iris is not as good though, but is suffices. I would say is on the level of the RS1 which I had before, around ~15.000:1
The automatic iris of the HC9000 is crap, much too slow and too loud. I don't use it and except for the most dark of scenes I do not feel I am missing something.
The motion handling of the HC9000 is ok when you use the FI on true movie. It is nearly free of soap effect and artifacts.
Motion handling on the RS20 was bad, sadly.
I did not feel that the RS40 was really better. And the FI showed more artifacts.
Also the HC9000 is free of the solarisation/banding artifacts and the color-shifting-on-moving-high-contrast-objects artifacts that plagued the RS20.
I am not sure that those are gone completely from the RS40.
3D on the HC9000 is ok, but it suffers from ghosting and the obvious brightness loss. The RS40 does not do it better. At least on the HC9000 you have some control
over brighntess vs. ghosting settings, so you can pick your poison.
The RS45, that I saw recently, seemed to have a brighter 3D image, but it also did have that annyoing (48Hz?) flicker.
After having lamp trouble with my two former JVCs I am happy that the HC9000 is still doing strong after 800+ hours. No lamp in my former JVCs ever lasted that long due to
So I'd say if you get the HC9000 for a competitive price and you are not an absolute black level junkie, go for it.
Be advised that there is the "advanced" upgrade for the HC9000, though. This version has the fixed CMS and also FI for 3D viewing.
If you are very picky about color performance and want to calibrate it yourself, then you might not want the old non-A version.