Originally Posted by xb1032
Coming from an RS45:
- Black levels are better on the JVC. Contrast is better as well. The black floor is better and scenes such as starfields will have deeper blacks on the JVC.
- I use FI and the FI is smoother with less artifacts than the JVC.
- With RC in it's minimum settings the picture is sharper and cleaner than on my RS45.
- Out of the box color accuracy to my eyes looks better on the Sony. I'm definitely no expect in this area.
- The picture is noticeably brighter.
- 3D = no comparison. Much brighter on the Sony, FI is active in 3D and motion looks MUCH smoother because of this. Far less ghosting but the Sony isn't ghost free.
Just my quick 2 cents.
Trust xb1032 on this one,
I demoed the JVC RS40 in my house and the black levels are indeed better on the JVC, especially the black floor. A very good example of this is the US version of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. The first 3 minutes of this movie (01:00 - 03:18) is a great test to see just how good or bad your blacks are. The RS40 handled this scene very well. Blacks looked black and I was extremely impressed, the Sony however looked medium grey in comparison. Don't get me wrong, the Sony is no slouch in terms of black levels, it does great with other scenes and is among the best I've seen. It's weakness is very dark scenes with hardly any light. This is when you will truly see the benefits of a JVC. As far as contrast, I would say the Sony is just as good as the RS40, maybe slightly better.
But with that said I prefer the overall performance of the Sony. Its has much better colors out the box, excellent contrast and pop, excellent motion, very sharp with RC, very bright (over 1100 calibrated lumens), much better 3D, etc.
In the end, if you have a theater that will truly accommodate the JVC (complete light control, black velvet walls and ceiling, can make pitch black) and can turn down the IRIS to lowest setting, you will truly see the benefits of the JVC and be amazed by it's black levels.