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We took delivery of our 4810 one week ago. It replaced a JVC RS45 (which we thought was a big upgrade over a Sony VPL-VW40). In a nutshell, the 4810 is a big upgrade from the RS45, and we couldn’t be happier. Special thanks goes to Mike Garrett from AVScience who found us a ‘B-stock’ unit at a great price. Though I’ve dealt with Mike before (and am a long-time customer of the AVScience store), he continues to impress us with his quality service. Any concerns that we had about buying a ‘B-Stock’ immediately disappeared after I opened the box. Enclosed was a check sheet from AVScience. Before shipping it to us, a member of the AVS staff ran the unit through a series of tests, wrote down the number of hours on the lamp (44), and personally signed it. That’s a very nice touch.
After performing a basic greyscale calibration using the AVSHS-709 disk, we put on a movie we were familiar with (Star Trek: Insurrrection). Within 30 seconds my wife immediately said “This is clearer”. I did a bit of adjusting, setting the mode to Natural, engaged the eShift technology but backed it down to 30-30-30, and continued to watch the movie. We repeatedly remarked how much more detail we were seeing. The next night we watched another familiar film with the same reaction. The 4810 is, indeed, a big upgrade from the RS45.
On our fifth night we decided to give 3D a try. We’re using the new RF emitter from JVC and bought a few pair of the inexpensive Samsung 5100 glasses. We are not fans of 3D, largely due to a lack of film titles we are interested in. We started at the top, ‘Avatar’, which we’d seen in 3D in a good (not great) theater. Once again my wife was the first to react. “This is much better than when we saw this in the theater” was her reaction.
In a week or so we’ll have our friendly ISF-tech perform a full calibration. He’s a JVC dealer himself, and dying to get his hands on the CMS system. In the meantime, we’ll simply enjoy.
Note: we have a dedicated HT Room, fully light controlled. We bought our first Projector from Alan Gouger at AVS (a Davis DL-S8 DLP). This is our 5th or 6th projector, including a couple of Sony’s, a Panny, and a Sim2. I was part of the first THX-Level 2/Advanced training class at Skywalker Ranch back in 1993. I mention this only so readers can gauge our level on interest in Home Theater.
Good Viewing,John G JVC DLA-RS4810 Projector, Vutec 110" (16x9) Bright White Screen, Oppo UDP-203 disc player, Darbee Darblet, Onkyo TX-NR708 Receiver/Processor, Toshiba 1250 NTSC-PAL Region Free BR Player, 7 Paradigm Reference spkrs w Dual Subs, Adcom & Yamaha Amps