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Since this projector is still selling new for over $3,000 I thought I'd post this here:

I might have a chance to get this off craigslist for a little over $1000.

Main drawback I see in terms of future proofing is no 3D but I think I could live with that ...

Good deal?
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EDIT:

Sorry I misread the post the first time.
It's ok depending on how many hours it has on it, but I wouldn't personally do it.

I feel that a JVC B-Stock RS-45 would be a better deal, though more expensive.


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Interesting scenario!

I sold my VW85 recent and bought a new RS45. The former had a new lamp and went for $1,500 toward my upgrade, so $1k is a great price if you can look at it first. The latter just has more sheer horse power and slightly better contrast and sharpness, but rather obese.

In terms of upkeep, the Sony lamp is about 2/3 less. Quality wise, I still prefer made in Japan vs. China. The JVC's new remote is cheap looking. You can watch the JVC during the day, but not the Sony.

BTW, I did not buy the JVC for its 3D feature; could not care less.

Good luck.
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EDIT:

Sorry I misread the post the first time.
It's ok depending on how many hours it has on it, but I wouldn't personally do it.

I feel that a JVC B-Stock RS-45 would be a better deal, though more expensive.

Thanks for responding coderguy!

Guess I'll look into how much more expensive that JVC would be.

I was thinking the Sony was a good deal based on the fact that it is going for over [EDIT: sorry, that should read "$2500"] used on Amazon right now.
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Interesting scenario!

I sold my VW85 recent and bought a new RS45. The former had a new lamp and went for $1,500 toward my upgrade, so $1k is a great price if you can look at it first. The latter just has more sheer horse power and slightly better contrast and sharpness, but rather obese.

In terms of upkeep, the Sony lamp is about 2/3 less. Quality wise, I still prefer made in Japan vs. China. The JVC's new remote is cheap looking. You can watch the JVC during the day, but not the Sony.

BTW, I did not buy the JVC for its 3D feature; could not care less.

Good luck.

Now that is what I was hoping to hear. Given you owned one, dragonbud, is there anything I should look for in particular if I go to check it out?

Thanks for your input!
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For $1000 it seems like a great deal. They were $8000 msrp new. I am using one with a Darblet and it displays a really nice image.
I have had the upgrade bug to try a higher end JVC but have been holding back because everytime I am done watching a movie on the VW85. I think to myself it really displays a nice picture and is it worth the upgrade for me.
I am only concerned with 2d movies.
The JVC in terms of contrast will be a better performer.
The VW85 has an excellent lens and the unit I have is very sharp.
Check the hours in the service menu and try to see it displaying an image.
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For $1000 i would say it's a great deal!
I have a VW85 myself and i think it displays a very nice & sharp image.
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Tangled,

Alan is right about using the Darbee with the Sony VW85. I actually got rid of the Darbee after the RS45 (it's that sharp).

From the Service Menu, you can tell how many hours the projector was used.

I'll look for convergence issue, if there is any. Bear in mind that you're looking at 3 LCD panels (or LCoS), so you may need to realign or adjust.

JVC has the goods on black, over the Sony VW85, as always.

I just got the itch... or was it sickness?
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You are missing out without a Darby on some scenes (even though the RS-45 is super sharp), remember it doesn't affect every scene the same way, so you have to look at various ones. 30% Darbee Enhance is minimal I ever used, sometimes I used 40-50 max depending on content.

The Darbee is more of a border contrast enhancer than purely a sharpness enhancer, so regardless of how sharp a projector is, the Darbee increases the detail by enhancing bordering contrast areas.


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Coderguy is correct. Current JVCs are some of the sharpest looking non-DLPs out there. But even on the sharpest PJs out there (Samsung SP-A900B and the like) it's going to add a little something. With lower settings (around 30% on the HD setting) you get a nice perceived detail boost over the stock image without any artifacting. The Darbee is definitely worth it's price. If you haven't tried one out I highly suggest it.
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