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Official JVC RS25/HD950 Owners Thread!

post #1 of 1011
Thread Starter 
It's time to inaugurate the new RS25/HD950 D-ILA projectors from JVC!

I've had my 950 for over a week now. Though I'm still waiting on my screen (using a bed sheet until my "real" screen arrives), I've logged quite a few hours with my new buddy already. Watching everything from tv shows, to a lot of sports. Go Vikes! But I digress...

I'm looking forward to some good discussions, helpful hints & tips and to share our love and enjoyment of this hobby we call home theater.

So pour a glass of your favorite beverage, fire up your new projector and to quote Ric Ocasek and the Cars, let the good times roll.

***LINKS***

HD950/550 product brochure.
RS25 product brochure.
HD950 User Manual
Official JVC RS20/HD750 Calibration and CMS thread

***REVIEWS***

Jason's first look & review of the RS25/RS15.
JVC DLA-RS25 Projector Review - Art Feierman
JVC RS25 Home Theater Projector - Projector Central
Ekkehart's review translated by Google.
Review by Florian Friedrich (TelevisionsFlo)
Home Theater Magazine HD950 Review - by Thomas J. Norton *Top Pick*

Maintenance
Cleaning the prism:
Two screws to remove hatch, and two screws to loosen to pull bulb assembly. Be sure to service when unit is cold and unplugged. A clean dry micro fiber lens cloth should be sufficient to wipe away the residue. It wipes away like surface dust.
post #2 of 1011
Thread Starter 
I've posted these pics in another thread, but thought I'd post them here too. Only a matter of time before more people start getting their 25's & 950s.










post #3 of 1011
sweet. i plan to be a part of this crowd
post #4 of 1011
Thread Starter 
Anyone else get one of the new RS25/HD950's yet?Bueller, Bueller...
post #5 of 1011
I have one, had it since monday. Live in Norway.
post #6 of 1011
I wonder if there's gonna be a separate RS35/HD990 thread? (I would assume so)
post #7 of 1011
Just got my RS25. Still in the box (GASP) as I work on my ceiling mount options and screen. Part of an extensive overhaul of the basement. I'm awaiting delivery of the anamorphic lens from AV Science, too.

So no sexy images yet.
post #8 of 1011
Mine will be here shortly following Jason's expert calibration.
post #9 of 1011
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Originally Posted by John Ballentine View Post

I wonder if there's gonna be a separate RS35/HD990 thread? (I would assume so)

The feedback is gawdawful slow coming!
post #10 of 1011
Hi,

the user manual is available :

http://uk.jvc-service.net/public/doc...odel=DLA-HD950
post #11 of 1011
Thread Starter 
Thanks Thebes. I've added it to the 1st post.
post #12 of 1011
I've got mine ordered today, and at cost price might I add

Due to arrive Tuesday. Cant wait as this is my first projector for my new home.
post #13 of 1011
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Originally Posted by JWBurns View Post

I've got mine ordered today, and at cost price might I add

Due to arrive Tuesday. Cant wait as this is my first projector for my new home.

Please let us know how it performs. I feel as though this tough AVS crowd has intimidated some of the new owners right out of offering an opinion !
post #14 of 1011
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Originally Posted by WOLVERNOLE View Post

Please let us know how it performs. I feel as though this tough AVS crowd has intimidated some of the new owners right out of offering an opinion !

Agreed, I looking for feedback. On the fence right now myself debating RS10 upgrade.
post #15 of 1011
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by WOLVERNOLE View Post

Please let us know how it performs. I feel as though this tough AVS crowd has intimidated some of the new owners right out of offering an opinion !

I hope that's not the case. I know some people are a little too serious about our hobby, but I encourage you to please post your opinions regarding your new projector.

For me, I'm using a make shift stand and a bed sheet until I get my 950 ceiling mounted and my "real" screen arrives. I'm hoping to have everything completed in the next two weeks. Fingers crossed.

More than likely I will have my projector professionally calibrated. Just need to find a calibrator in my area.
post #16 of 1011
Congrats on your new pj. The remote pictured here looks different than the remote in Jason's review. Does your remote have a THX mode button on it?
post #17 of 1011
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kjlewie View Post

Congrats on your new pj. The remote pictured here looks different than the remote in Jason's review. Does your remote have a THX mode button on it?

Sorry for the poor pic. Taken with my phone. Yes, it does have a THX mode button on it.
post #18 of 1011
The manual basically recommends other non THX modes for best performance. Read the manual.
post #19 of 1011
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post

Sorry for the poor pic. Taken with my phone. Yes, it does have a THX mode button on it.

Thanks. Enjoy your pj.
post #20 of 1011
Got mine today - Thanks Jason!

Don’t get excited though – I’m just a newb..

Here are my impressions:

I upgraded from a BenQ 8720 so this is my first 1080p, LCOS, High Contrast projector.
My main fear was losing the "wow" and "pop" by switching from DLP to LCOS.
When I upgraded from my Panny AE700 to the BenQ I immediately noticed a new amazing level of clarity & vibrancy. I was really hoping not to give that up when switching to the RS25 for increased contrast and a more cinematic experience.

Any single chip DLP owners with this same concern can (in my opinion) lay their fears to rest. I'm still seeing that same level of clarity and vibrancy in the image and it actually looks even richer now due to the contrast boost.

Jason calibrated my projector and the difference in color over my last projector is appreciable.
The one tweak I’d like to make is switching the gamma from Normal to Custom 2.4
This really seems to give the image the “pop” I love but I’m concerned that doing this will negate Jason’s professional work. Would this be true?

So far I’ve only spent 90 minutes with it after setup and that was mostly spent watching parts of the Dark Knight and playing around with my PS3 and 360. You can really tell the difference between 720p and 1080p with games but I didn’t notice the resolution bump during the movie. My wife is holding a movie night with her friends so I’m stuck upstairs writing about it rather than enjoying it…

I’ve been holding on to Braveheart and Gladiator (Yes I like movies with gladiators..) on blu ray for when this projector arrived so I’ll be checking them out this weekend and playing with the iris to see which setting gives me the right mix of brightness and black levels for movies.

I’d like to thank all of the experts and enthusiasts on this forum. I’ve read through hundreds of posts for multiple projectors and I couldn’t be happier with my final purchase thanks to your debates, advice, and comments.

Thank you
post #21 of 1011
Sooo...you no doubt are having to attempt to block songs from "Mama Mia" and the like from wafting their way through the floor. Good luck surviving your wife's "Girls Movie Night !"

Congratulations on your great new projector. I know you will enjoy it. Please keep us posted on it.
post #22 of 1011
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My wife is holding a movie night with her friends so I’m stuck upstairs writing about it rather than enjoying it…



OMG that's the funniest thing I've heard all day! Thanks for the laugh.

I stared at the room-to-be today. I found out that nothing happens when I don't do anything. Lot's of work ahead of me building designing this theater. Still planning it on my moments free...and looking forward to that JVC.
post #23 of 1011
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mbot75 View Post

Here are my impressions:

Thanks for sharing that, mbot75. Sounds like the ladies staged a coup.
post #24 of 1011
God. You are in a win position. See honey,you thought I bought it for me but it`s really for you. You are the best wife ever and I`ll scrimp ansd save and next year I`ll get you some more great HT stuff.
post #25 of 1011
Can any of you guys, HD 950's owners already give your impressions on the THX mode image?
post #26 of 1011
I am tracking mine, it'll be here Friday. Yay!!!
post #27 of 1011
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Originally Posted by waltie View Post

Can any of you guys, HD 950's owners already give your impressions on the THX mode image?

Before tonight's Minnesota / Green Bay game with the new RS25, I would have said it looks pretty close to Jason's great calibration on User 1. But switching back and forth the THX had more of a blue color on the Vikings' jerseys without being close to the actual more purple color with the calibration. And what gorgeous colors those are!!
post #28 of 1011
I just received my RS25 last night. I got it installed just before kickoff and did not tweak any settings. It is shelf mounted 16'8" from my 112" wide DIY 2:35 screen about 12" above the top of the screen. I also loaded Casino Royale on BD into the Oppo BDP-83. My early laymen's impression is that the THX mode looks really good on movies. Initially, I was tempted to grab the remote and turn the colors up a bit, but 20 minutes later, I realized we were enjoying the movie as is. Then, realizing the game had already started, I switched over to ESPN HD. The game looked somewhat flat in THX but too bluish in Dynamic. I found the Natural setting looked just about right. I'll likely wait a while before callibration (don't know what I'm missing).
post #29 of 1011
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Originally Posted by John Ballentine View Post

I wonder if there's gonna be a separate RS35/HD990 thread? (I would assume so)

Actually I would hope the RS35 will be discussed right here and the title updated to include the RS35/HD990 in it. Essentially it is an identical projector except with some higher end specs.

Black level, contrast, sharpness and convergence may/should be a bit better (at least, that is what I am expecting the differences to be), but operationally its going to be identical. Just about all questions that apply to the RS25 will apply to the RS35 and vice-versa, including calibration.
post #30 of 1011
Just got a new job, and with it comes my first JVC projector. I'll be getting this model in January--have to wait for my 90 day evaluation period to end. I can't wait to get this thing.
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