Originally Posted by Elix
Somehow I'm reluctant to buy JVC because of some problems which are talked about on this forum (optical block fault/magenta stripes, lamp flickering, color tracking problems). Also JVC has such big input lag (70-80 ms) which makes it unusable for gaming and general computer work.
The Optical block issues have not appeared on the RS-40 or later models AFIK, only earlier ones thus far (at least to any worrisome volume). The RS-45 lamps have not been a problem this year really, yah some series 2 lamps have been dimming too much, but there have been almost NO reports of premature bulb failures with the RS-45 or later (a couple), far less than say the older Epsons. I have 1,200 hours on my series 2 lamp with no flicker ever, but it is getting DIM (luckily for now my 106" HP screen is saving the day).
The JVC certainly isn't unuseable for general computer work or single player gaming, I mean it's fine for computer work. For some single player games, that lag will hurt of course. Though I'm not a huge gamer, so I'm sure some would find more. For FPS games, yah well it's a problem
The best matchup of the ones spoken about here if going 2 projectors is the Benq w1070 and RS-45/46 or Mits hc 5 (don't know enough about it)...
The Optics on my JVC RS-45 are nothing short of amazing, I did get an exceptionally well converged unit though. I've now owned the Benq w7000 for a few months and the RS-45 for over a year, and after using both with HTPC text, I can confidently say the JVC pleases me more on the HTPC text than the Benq DLP. The Benq text has a tiny bit of unnatural look and edginess (almost ringing), the JVC text looks just as sharp usually but without that unnatural edginess. It is also easier on the eyes. That said, to get the JVC as sharp requires a well converged unit and correct placement, as well as proper room temperature (in a really cold room I had some issues). I have seen some w6000's as well, and I know my w7000 is a good sample.
The JVC does not have the most accurate color, that's for sure, but it's a lot better than most of the projectors in the past. It is really just under certain lighting conditions in movies that you see the skin tone color issues. It is a major pain to calibrate though, especially without a Lumagen.