Originally Posted by Geof
I probably look at these machines differently tan most.....to me it is a sudo 4K machine that can accept a 4K signal but it cannot display a true 4K image. So there are obvious limitations to this machine with regard to UHD. But it still sounds like an interesting model that will tide many over until a true 4K machine become available at an acceptable price.
Exactly, that's how I'm thinking of these new models.
Presuming for sake of argument that the various additions JVC has added (better chip, DI and Clear Black processing) makes an appreciable upgrade in contrast...
I can see these as nice stop-over machines (hell, just nice projectors, outright) because:
1. The vast majority of what I watch is movies. That's why it's my Home Theater.
2. 4K movies ain't coming in significant numbers, in an affordable manner, any time soon, and even the ones that have been provided as clips have been reported as very negligible upgrades when compared to their blu-ray counterparts.
3. Contrast is generally held to be one of, if not the most important parameters in image quality (in tests, better contrast is often picked over higher resolution). A display with better contrast offers an appreciable increase in image quality across all sources - SD, DVD, HD broadcast, Blu-Ray, Games, whatever. It just makes everything better, you don't need elusive barely-there 4K to truly reap it's benefits.
4. If Sony is any example, native 4K is still a very expensive proposition for a company to produce, and I'd think that if JVC introduces native 4K machines next year, we are going to see higher prices to join that club (while maintaining the same, or better contrast, as their higher tier projectors).
So, it makes quite a bit of sense to me at this point to grab one of these new projectors this year (assuming contrast enhancements work). I can immediately enjoy the benefits of greater contrast that I've been desiring, while waiting for 4K to shake out and become as affordable as the RS55 range I tend to stay within. And that should also make more sense timing-wise because 4K source availability should finally be more prominent as well.
I think this makes the most sense if one is coming from the perspective, like me, of really valuing contrast. There are clearly people who feel quite satisfied with the contrast of their projector and so look past that
to upgrading their pixel count to 4K. But, even then, there is a bit of Pavlovian response to all this hankering for 4K. I mean, I read "4 times higher resolution" and I want that too! It's a natural geek thing to want. But, in a practical view, it just doesn't make sense to me to place such high priority on native 4K until prices are lower and content is more there. (Rich guys don't count in these real-world equations
(I thought at first, like many, that this may be the worst year to buy a JVC non-native 4K projector. Especially as once JVC introduces 4K next year, the non-native 4K JVC projector I'd buy this year would be a harder sell when I want to upgrade to 4K. But then I realized that can be flipped around: since JVC DIDN'T introduce a 4K projector this year, there isn't that competition and E-shift is all there is for people wanting a JVC, so it's probably better to sell my current E-shift model this year, before JVC introduces 4K).)