Originally Posted by NateTTU
Hey guys. Is there much difference between the RS40 and newer 45. Overall I would assume the 45 to be a better projector since it is newer and probably brighter, but I do like the electronic lens cover on the 40. which one seems to have the better out of the box color? I'm curious if dropping the price with the 45 that the overall projector can't be much different.
They shouldn't be any different in 2D image. However, my RS45 did seem to have better contrast and black levels by a large margin. I believe this is due more to the video output from the playback device and possible sample to sample variances. Just make sure you get the newest lamp if going with the RS40, as this seems to have made a difference in mine for the better.
My belief is it takes a good 400 hours of use for the projector/panels to settle in, not necessarily 400 hours on the lamp itself. I have roughly 70 hours on my newest lamp. I had under 400 hrs on the older lamp and projector when the lamp blew. My image now is punchier and more contrasty than I saw it the entire time on the first lamp. I'm using -15 aperture on low lamp with a 120" screen. Images are still bright and colorful. In the darkest scenes with light, black looks black not grayish.