Originally Posted by Breadwinner
Saw a deal between the two JVC projectors on the net. 1) JVC HD250 - brand new for $2699 2) JVC HD550 - manufacturer refurbished for $2500 (have asked about warranty) As per JVC official site, only CR is 5k more for HD550 apart from other features including dimensions/weight remaining the same for both projectors. Which should I pick up....as Iam on a tight budget but don't want to take risk
If you're happy with the warranty once you know what it is, then I'd say go for the HD550 as it is a little better than the HD350/250: The focus adjusts in finer steps, there was reported to be improvements in ANSI contrast (never really showed up in the reviews I read though) and you get the FI for 60Hz (not 24p though). However, I'd ring AVS and ask for a quote for the RS45 as it may be close to your budget.
Originally Posted by AlexBPM
Have any RS15 owners seen the new RS45 or RS4800 in action? I might be ready for an upgrade and I skipped the last generation intentionally. I would love to know if the RS45 is going to be a significant step up in sharpness and/or PQ
I saw the X7 last year (RS50) and it had a little bit more sharpness and smoother motion, but I didn't think the contrast was that
much better. I have a HD350, plus Isco II lens and a Lumagen Mini3D so I was comparing a fully calibrated (with CMS) HD350 to an X7 in THX mode that was a pre production demonstrator that had done the rounds a bit. It could be that a fully
calibrated X7 would have looked better, but it wasn't the big leap you'd have thought considering the huge cost increase (say £1.5K for my HD350 at the time, plus the X7 was £6K in the UK at the time). I may own one eventually, but only via a good used deal. I'm not bothered about 3D as the X7 gave me a headache for one and lack of 3D movies that I'm interested in being another, to give you some idea of where I'm coming from.
The RS45 will have less contrast than the X7 I saw (50,000:1 claimed verses 70,000:1 claimed) so where I saw a small contrast improvement it would be even less with the X30/RS45. However, if your HD550 isn't calibrated you might notice more of an improvement as the RS40/45 had a more accurate mode out of the box, so it depends where you're coming from.