Since we are running out of new info on the JVC, I am going to post this here, since I am on the preorder for the JVC but have a DLP currently, and have not actually been able to see the JVC in person.
I saw a fully calibrated Sony Ruby today at a local dealer (The Digital Ear in Tustin).
First impression, which was consistent with the SXRD RPTV's I have seen, was that it was NOT "soft". It appeared to be sharp to me. Colors were excellent, very pleasing.
However, I was a little disappointed in something about the image. The only word I can think of to describe it, and I have seen it used before regarding LCoS displays, is "flat". There was a lack of depth to the image. It didn't have the "3D" effect. For example, The Fifth Element scene where Leeloo jumps off the ledge didn't seem to have the feeling of depth or 3 dimensionality that I see with DLP. I almost want to say the image lacked pop, but that isn't entirely accurate because the colors were great. Can an image still lack pop and have great colors? (I am thinking out loud here)
HD from Discovery looked good overall, but still lacking in depth or "pop".
For a PJ that is supposed to have great contrast, I had the distinct impression that what this projector was lacking was.........contrast!
Is what I saw here due to lower ANSI contrast vs DLP? Does the Pearl have higher ANSI contrast than the Ruby?? What about the JVC? How does it compare with regard to image depth vs the Ruby?
BTW, the Ruby was shooting onto a small 100" microperf screen (Stewart). Anyone who says that microperfs disappear are kidding themselves. There was a noticeable grain to the image that wasn't too pleasing.