First things first, before I get anyone's hopes up, this isn't a review of an X55 in any way. And sorry about creating another thread but I didn't want to clutter a "real" thread with a semi-rant about demoing projectors. Anyway, on to the topic....
So reading about the new JVCs the last couple days I decided I should stop by and talk to my local dealer. I've bought a good bit of kit there, all of my speakers and some of my other electronics over the years. I like the place and the people there, and they've always treated me well (a long time ago we just sat down and watched a movie in the demo room, basically just to watch it). I really like AVS but you know I'd like to support the local dealer too.
So I asked them about projectors, knowing they've got JVCs, and they took me into one of the demo rooms. It had an X55, Panamorph FVX200 (it looked like, I didn't ask), shooting on a Black Diamond not sure of the size but I'd guess around 8 feet wide or so.
Problem 1) It's an X55, this isn't so much a problem that they had last years model, since the X55 does look substantially similar to the X500. What makes it a problem is they really didn't have much info about the new models and told me JVC told them they'd be fine showing the X55 and didn't need a new one. I mean the DI (sorry ILA) is sort of a big feature IMO, something that I would think you might want to show off, or at least that JVC would do a better job educating it's dealers on why someone would want it.
Problem 2) The room it was in was decent, it had a door and all, and dimmable lights (hooked up to a Crestron automation system), but they never turned the lights off or closed the door. They dimmed the lights, but that's not really enough.
Problem 3) I just wasn't impressed at all. Now colors did look a bit punchier than my Planar 8150, but at the same time the colors looked "overdone". They also had Frame Interpolation on which was somewhat distracting. Contrast seemed average to poor (how much was the projector/setup, how much due to the lights, impossible to tell). Seems to me like this wasn't well set up, I kind of doubt a calibration was done.
I think I'm going to give up on the story there. I just sort of felt like sharing, because this is sort what comes to my mind whenever I hear the "go see it for yourself" chant on the forum. Lots of us aren't blessed with good places to see projectors so we're stuck buying based off the thoughts/comparisons of folks like Zombie, Seegs, Kris and the rest here who get a chance to see a lot of projectors and see them well set up. So who knows. I don't know if I was really going to get an RS57, but I know, despite knowing it was 99% poor presentation, it sort of took the wind out of my sails for getting anything when I can go home and get a better presentation for no (additional