Well Hurricane Rita came and went in Houston, so I decided that, damnit, I DESERVE that HDTV that I've been waiting years for. So after reading these forums for about 6 hours last night and then touring the local Fry's and Best Buy's today, I FINALLY made a purchase.
Originally, I was set on DLP seeing that all the recent reviews seem to rave about it, and I was intent on the Samsung 50" DLP. However, after reading horror story after horror story about the lag it experiences in gaming, I started to cry (not really, but I wanted to). The next unit that I "decided" on was the Sony A10. Again, nothing but glowing reviews...but I was still not satisfied for some reason. So on I read. Then I finally stumbled upon these JVC HD-ILA displays w/ LCoS. I had YET to ready ANYTHING on LCoS other than no one really uses them, so I immediatly wrote the JVC off. But after reading more and more about it, it sounded more and more like exactly what I was wanting.
So today I headed off the do the HDTV rounds at the local stores. And fortunatly, the Best Buy I went to not only had ALL 3 models I was seriously considering on display...they were RIGHT next to each other (along with every other major HDTV I could have considered). Now, I'm quite the anal person and I enjoy taking my time...but as soon as I saw these displays next to each other in the same lighting conditions, it really wasn't any competition.
No, I didn't see the rainbow on the DLPs. And no, I didn't see the screen door effect on the LCD RP's. So that had no bearing on my decision. What I did see was Pure Joy emitted from the JVC HD-52G786. To my taste, NO OTHER HDTV in the entire place (and they had ALOT of them on display) came close to the saturation and color that the JVC produced. Now, bear in mind that I've always prefered a vivid, saturated picture as opossed to something that is dead-on accurate w/perfect skin tone. Now this is NOT to say that the JVC produces skin tones and neutral colors that are overblown, I just find them much more "alive".
Well, I ended up fighting the price down with the BB salesman from $2500 to $2100 with a free stand (and no extended warrenty.../pat_on_back). I called my 2 other HDTV owning friends and called them over to help me carry it in and set it up. And now, sadly for them, they're rather convinced that I have purchased the greatest looking HDTV they've ever seen and have since made their own home HDTV experience somewhat "lacking"
However, my wife was rather upset as soon as she saw it's size. How, you ask, did I win her over in 5 minutes and convert her to the new 'JVC elated' status? It only took 5 minutes of 'A Bug's Life' and she was in awe.
So I guess, I'm just writing this to let you guys know that you have another EXTREMELY satisfied JVC HD-LIA user to add to the list.
I do have a couple questions though:
1. How long do these bulbs last and how much do the cost to repair?
2. Can these sets suffer from a burn-in?
3. I have not done ANY kind of changes in the setup menu. Are there settings that every JVC D-ILA owner should change? What, if anything, should be looked at here?
And here's a pic w/my Athena AS-F2.2's: