Originally Posted by Efalegalo
Yeah, I genuinely appreciate your feedback. I'm actually really curious to try JVC deep blacks. I've always been a fan of good contrast (all TVs in the house are Pioneer Kuros).
I could go out, and get the BenQ W1070, which has fantastic reviews - but I rather try and get something older (that may not have fancy features like 2D but) has great 2D picture quality. Ideally, I would love to get the RS20 or RS25, but I can't seem to find a seller to would sell it at a reasonable price.
The PRO-FPJ1 I'm considering appears to be in fantastic condition and has a total of 130 hours on it (with the Original OEM Bulb) - and they are asking $1,000 for it, which I think is fair or at least market? At least a better deal than may are offering on their RS20/25.
Thats why I'm hoping I can get the FPJ1 to work.
Per Art Feierman, the projector looks best in "Cinema" mode in which it is expected to produce 537 lumens (with the zoom lens in the middle of its range - whereas my setup would require the lens set to 100% wide). Per ProjectorCentral review, the RS2 delivered 450 lumens in an optimized mode.
Based on Art Feierman projector calculator:
Assuming 1.4 Screen Gain, 126" screen (16:9) and 450 lumes, Image luminance is expected to be 13.4 Ft. Lamberts.
Assuming 1.4 Screen Gain, 126" screen (16:9), and 537 lumes, Image luminance is expected to be 16.0 Ft. Lamberts.
The FPJ-1 is a great projector. I have been using mine for several years and, despite having the means to upgrade, have not felt the need to do so.
1. Very good constrast. Not the best out there anymore, but very good. Darkening the room will make the biggest difference anyway.
2. Reasonably quiet.
3. Gorgeous chassis (if that matters to you). The glossy black matches my Earthquake Platine Noiree speakers in piano black perfectly.
Here are the few downsides to the RS-2 / FPJ-1 in my opinion:
1. Newer JVC models have better blacks, but the FPJ-1 wtill has better blacks than most of what is out there.
2. Motion handling is not the best. You will get motion blur on some pans or quick motion. This is probably my biggest gripe.
3. No built-in Color Management System. A DVDO iScan Duo (or Lumagen Radiance) solves that problem. I use the iScan Duo.
4. The biggie for me, no lens shift / zoom memory. I changed to a scope screen this year. I can switch to 16:9 with the press of a few buttons, as I have an automatic retractable screen with motorized side panel masking, but it is still a little annoying. If I upgrade, it will be for this reason. Partly because it annoys me, but mostly because it has annoyed my wife (who does not know how to do it, and does not want to learn) to the point of giving me a greenlight on buying a new projector.
The bottom-line is that you get a fantastic picture for $1,000. I'm more likely to find another room to use mine in (if I upgrade in my home theater) than I am to sell it if I would only get $1,000 for it. Of course, I only paid $2600 for mine brand new when Pioneer got out of the business. A day earlier they were selling for $8,000.