Glad to see a new member get a friendly reception to questions, I'm another one. I've visited here just to read many times.
A bit about me - not the highest end of guys, kind of middle of the road equipment-wise. I am an old (16mm) film collector from the 80's.
I've had a dedicated home theater for about 10 years, started with an old Sharpvision projector around 1998, then had two Sanyo's, still running my Studio Experience Cinema20 HD, it's 7 years old this month. Lots of folks loved/hated this unit back in the day, I had the old "blue spot" problem until I figured out you just had to unplug it after using. It's been trouble free ever since, no dead pixels (is this still a common problem on today's units?), and the main thing is it's BRIGHT.
I have a pretty big basement space I finished myself, pitch black but my throw's long, 23.5 feet from a 6.5 high shelf mount in the back, and my screen is 12 feet wide in "full scope" mode. I also just have a white wall (got tired of trying to keep a screen wrinkle free this big), so no gain.
With all that, the old 20 lights this up well enough for my tastes, and with its power zoom lens it's a snap to resize the image. I know all this breaks a lot of "rules" for perfect specs, but I guess that's where I'm not as picky as many here, I hope you'll forgive me! One thing that's kept me from getting a new 1080p unit sooner (besides being cheap!) is that few under 5K units have seemed to be as bright as this one even now, and lots have manual zooms.
I'm also a 3D nut, and have been holding out for a decent under 5K unit.
Now I think I may have found it with this new JVC. All the specs seem to work - it will fit on my shelf (although it's way bigger than the old 20 and twice as heavy!), and I think that its going to be bright enough. I'm just using an on-line calculator here, not sure how reliable this really is?
I think I'll be happy with the RS40 from what I'm reading here, the screen shots look bright and pretty large. Heck I still use component ins, my PJ doesn't have HDMI!
I just wonder what any of you might have to say about using this unit in my circumstances? I'm thinking I'll be pretty happy since I'm coming from such an old unit.
Any opinions/input will be greatly appreciated!