Originally Posted by Toe
I talked to a few dealers/other folks at the show and at the AVS party last night and the general vibe was "ho-hum" as far as the new projectors go and nothing groundbreaking. The thing that I found most exciting about the JVCs in particular was the eshift which I was more impressed with than I expected (this was my first time seeing eshift). I see what Zombie and so many others talk about now with this feature giving a nice solidity to the image that you don't get with the non eshift models. I was amazed just how close I could get to the screen and the pic still looked great. If I already owned an eshift model right now, I would not be tempted at all by this years offerings TBH from what little I saw.
Coming from the RS-45 like you, I also noticed how good e-shift was on an RS-55 (and assume the same on the brand new JVC's), but I figured I'll hold out a bit longer. Another big advantage on the newer JVC's (RS-46 or later) is the slightly better SAT tracking but even more so the better gamma and gray-scale OOTB.
I find the multi-point gamma calibration on my JVC RS-45 to be useless as it introduces posterization. I make the corrections to the gamma curve using the white gamma control only, as it keeps the image cleaner. As the lamp ages, I still say the JVC RS-45 is one of the hardest projectors to calibrate out of all the projectors over $2000, not the worst, but just one of them. The fact it has no CMS is another annoyance, but even though you only do gray-scale and gamma it's still ridiculous. Things are just all over the place like a mess, the gamma curves start out backwards, as the lamp ages the gray-scale is moons away from accurate, and you have to change the increments so far to get it going.
Let me put it this way, I calibrated the Benq w7000 in 15 minutes on the first attempt without even knowing the controls, and I have wasted an entire day on JVC calibrations only to scrap them due to either posterization showing up, or bad gamma results. Even my Viewsonic has one of the buggiest calibration controls, and it only took me 3 hours and I still got a better result than the JVC.
I have seen about 10 different projectors side-by-side to the RS-45, and you can always see the issues with the RS-45 calibration. That said, the posterization issues and similar often show up more on streaming content that emphasizes it, and on Blurays the calibration issues don't always show up as bad (though still there). I've split-screen the w7000 to the RS-45 and watched more than an hour, and the RS-45 has some definite issues even if the meter reads good. I no longer go for the cleanest gray-scale, I go for the cleanest overall end-result.