Originally Posted by mediclarry
I have a concern about the JVC HD350 projector. I got one last week because I wanted to go from 720p to 1080p. I was using a a Marantz 12s series projector,720p output..I installed then installed the jvc hd350 and man I was suprized..now bear in mind the jvc had only 124 hours on the lamp clock,which means still bright right..WRONG..the picture looks soft..washed out,,,not crisp,,,the Marantz blows it away.and the specs on the Marantz camera is about half of the JVC..everything is set correctly,I had to use the high output on the lamp to even get a watchable picture,,what could be wrong..? I have heard folks on this tread state they use normal setting,if I did that I couldn't even see the picture..please help....can't even put the Marantz back up..I sold it.please any advice here.
Going from DLP to LCOS is a big change.
Softness/Not as crisp: 3 chip LCOS will not look as sharp as your 1 chip DLP ... especially a Marantz DLP (excellent, sharp lens). Also, the 720p lower resolution will give an added sense of sharpness (at the expense of screen door effects)
Washed Out: If you have a very dark home theater (dark walls, ceilings, floor) which prevents room reflections, you may be missing the higher ANSI contrast of your old DLP projector when viewing bright scenes. However, with darker scenes, the RS10 should look better than the Marantz DLP due to its far superior on/off contrast abilities.
My RS10 is much softer than my old 1080p DLP Sharp 20k. However, my RS10 is WAY brighter and has noticeably better On/Off contrast in dark scenes. I don't have good reflection control in my room, so I don't notice any difference in ANSI contrast. Are you certain the bulb only has 124 hours on it? The RS10 should be noticeably brighter than your old Marantz 12s