Originally Posted by Toe
First off, I would just like to say what a thrill it was to see Sams HT in person.........as good as it looks in the pictures, it is even more impressive in the flesh. I loved hearing him explain the ins and outs of the construction process. Having said that, what was even more impressive than that was the hospitality that was shown to me and Chris (who is one hell of a nice guy as well) by Sam and his family and Sams excitement is contagious as I could not stop thinking about everything we witnessed on the ~30 minute ride home.
I was blown away at what he showed us.............Avatar was better than when I saw it at the IMAX............Open Season I am going to run out and buy tom (we paused a scene in this one and you could just see layers of picture like you could almost fall into it...........amazing!), IMAX Under the Sea and the now infamous Potato Cod fish scene was shocking (another one I am going to get after seeing it tonight) as this was the first time I had seen this. Avatar I have a copy coming my way and I cant wait to watch it (they arrived today Sam I just found out!
). The presentation was fantastic (brightness, settings, etc........) and I am going to order a pair of 103s from AVS after using his tonight as well as they looked just as good as my JVCs (considering neither of the screens I will use preserve polarization, the 103s seem the way to go for me). Sam, Chris and me just sat there in amazement scene after scene..............VERY cool!
To top it all off, Chris brought us a bag of JVC goodies and Sam sent me off with a few 3d blu rays to borrow for a few days...............what a great night and what a cool experience to meet 2 new friends
I could go on, but needless to say it was a very impressive evening all around. Thanks again Sam and Chris
What a cool evening! Rarely has 3 hours gone by so fast. Thanks to Sam and his wife for hosting. It's rare to meet someone who has such a cool vision of home theater, and then on top of that has the ability to turn that vision into reality... And, then invites you to come over and share in that reality...
If you check out the links to the pictures of Sam's theater, you will undoubtedly say wow as well. Then, keep in mind that he built virtually everything in that theater himself.
Normally I see our projectors in a show environment, or at a retailer, or in a situation where there are time restrictions. It was great to have 3 hours of "quality time" with the RS40. I agree with everything Todd said on the picture and the viewing experience. I was a little curious how an AT screen would work with 3D, and there were no issues at all. What kept resonating with me, particularly during Avatar, is how much better it looked than what I remember in the theater. Not only the detail, color and black level, but the 3D. It was more natural, more effortless, more flat-out real. In the theater I found the 3D to be fatiguing. At Sam's place, it was not at all.
The Potato Cod Fish was so real you could reach out and touch it, I loved the way the Space Station disc used your glasses as the actual 3D boundary. You actual see things come out so far that they bounce off your glasses, and during liftoff, it was like your glasses cracked from the debris. The scene from the convenience store in Open Season was also remarkable. None of the cut-out 3D effect, but rather images with amazing depth and detail. We paused it a couple of times and stood up and pretty much walked around some of the objects, noticing how the perspective changed as we moved. It was that real. If you're waiting for 3D to get better, all I can say is you're missing out on a lot right now.
Again thanks to Sam for the invite. It was great to meet both you and Todd.
I've always been proud of the products that JVC makes. Tonight I'm just a little prouder.