i had been seriously considering the Pearl (to replace my Marantz S3); but ultimately decided to get on the RS1 preorder list.
then a Pearl kinda dropped into my lap. i picked it up last Sunday and have been enjoying it since. i also ordered the Crystalio II video processor, which arrived Wednesday. i did a minimal set-up on the Pearl......pretty much plug and play. the Pearl was very impressive right out of the box. Wednesday night i inserted the C2 into the chain and everything got better; sharper, punchier and simply more refined. the C2 was easy for me (mostly a novice) to figure out and has the most intuative and easy to navigate interface i've ever seen on something this sophisticated.
anyway; the Pearl/C2 combo, with minimal adjustment, is pretty damn good.
last night my ISCO III lens arrived; and next week i'll have my da-lite 1.5 115" x 49" 2:35-1 screen with mechanized masking for CH. hopefully Tryg will figure out a mounting system for the lens soon.
my plan is to purchase the RSI when the preorder ships and compare them side by side.