I didn't attend the EXPO but went to the after-party. Thank you Kei for hosting a great party. She ran all over the place ensuring everything went running smoothly. And it surely did. The food was great and plenty for dinner, like teriyaki beef kabobs, roast beef, quiche, chicken satay curry, et al; and I was ok with just chips and salsa.
Anyhow, it was great meeting Mark Petersen and Lindahl as well - both very knowledgeable. I myself am not tech savvy but here are some quick impressions from what I saw in the Pearl, Benq 10000 and JVC 10k:
In all fairness, most of us were viewing thes pjs from over 20 ft away from the screen. From this distance, of course, all the pjs look very good and almost similar to one another that differences were quite difficult to discern. But they all looked amazingly bright on the 114" SMX screen with 1.16 gain even with the low lighting and bar with mirrors behind us. Although I noticed how it affected the Pearl's ansi quite a bit while playing The Patriot movie (under the Crystallio 2 thru hdmi) but not that much with the Benq.
Regardless of, the Pearl's image was so detailed and never looked soft at all. I personally wouldn't regret owning this one or the Benq over the JVC. Ok, I lied - I want the JVC.
Sometime later though, time was spent on calibrating the Pearl which affected the grayscale and I thought colors turned a bit washed out after the color setting was toned down to 39. From there on, I could not even compare with the Benq. On another note, this Benq deserves some serious viewing from DLP fans. It was a tad sharper than the Pearl and just as detailed. It also played smoothly with less judder - might have been in the setup as the dlp was running 1080p @ 24, if I am not mistaken. The Pearl' image, however, looked slightly more refined to me.
If what I saw from the JVC 10K unit was any indication of what the RS1 might look like, then my long search is over. Unfortunately, I still have to wait for months. This unit seems to possess the best of both worlds with dlp sharpness and Pearl detail. The clarity, color accuracy and color seperation is top notch and seem a step above the other two as noticed even for a dark movie like the Chronicles of Riddick. And despite the low lighting behind us, images remained a knockout. I hope colors will still be as good in the RS1 as this is more important to me than an already improved native on/off CR. The throw and vertical stretch (if implemented) features are nice additions that will complement my purchase.