Originally Posted by tklein2
Ok, price between the 2 are not an issue, so please do not consider that in your opinion. I have had the Sony 55ES in my theater room for a week and I like it, however, I want to make sure I making the right decision. The Sony RC on a setting of 15 looks great to me along with my Darbee set to HD 40%. When I turn off the RC it looks blurry! Would my JVC RS46 look as blurry, relatively speaking? I can not do a side by side unfortunately. So, my priorities in order of importance are as follows:
1. A picture that is clear, sharp, in focus and with no visible pixel structure from where I sit (I can not see pixel structure currently from my Sony or my JVC, so pixels aren't an issue with either technology)
2. Contrast, for me that means where it should be dark, I want to see bark, not gray but I don't want to lose any shadow detail (I can not hear the Iris working with the Sony, is the JVC's audible?)
4. Color accuracy without having to get it professionally calibrated
5. Motion smoothness without adding any artificial processing
Thanks again for all opinions!
Those are the 2 I narrowed it down to as well. I picked up the JVC RS46 in December and am extremely pleased with it. Unfortunately I was not able to demo the Sony, so I only had online resources to help make the choice.
1. The picture on the JVC is very sharp and focus uniformity is great. I don't recall reading any reviews on the 55ES about it having any issues. You could look through the owners thread of the 55ES and see if anyone is reporting it, but I seriously doubt it. I sit about 10' from our 130" 2.35:1 screen and need to be about 6' away to see any visible pixels when watching scope content (which is the equivalent to a 138" 16:9 screen).
2. The RS46 does not have a dynamic iris, which was a big plus for me (so obviously there is no iris noise). On the projectors I have seen with a DI I am able to see it working and find it annoying. The 55ES is supposed to have a silent iris. Shadow detail is very good on both units from the reviews. The RS46 is not supposed to get quite as black as the 55ES according to Art's review, but remember there will be no brightness pulsing due to a DI and contrast in a mixed scene will be higher due to the fact that the black floor is not dictated by the DI. To be fair if the action of the DI is not distracting to you, I would imagine both would be very satisfying.
3. The Sony will be better out of the box. The picture on my RS46 is fantastic, but it took some tinkering to get it there.
4. Motion is better on the Sony from all accounts. I came from owning 2 Infocus single chip DLPs and find motion on the RS46 to be just fine. Side by side I am sure the Sony would win, but you'd probably need a direct comparison to really see it.
The last plus for the JVC was the lens memory. If you are even mildly entertaining the idea you may want to try a scope (2.35:1) setup, then this is a great way to do it. I wasn't sure how much impact it would make, but now I can't imagine not having it. It's almost as big of an improvement as firing up your first projector and seeing that massive image.
The Sony can do scope content with a lens, but a decent one will set you back quite a bit. The big plus for the 55ES is 3D. The Sony is very good here and the JVC is just adequate. I don't care about 3D so it wasn't a factor in my decision. But if it plays a big part in your decision then the Sony is clearly the winner 3D wise.