Updated impressions of the RS56:
eShift2 does a great job…as long as the three MPC controls are turned down. There’s a Darbee-like effect, which seems to be the direction projector manufacturers are headed towards (It started with Sony’s Reality creation). To be sure, the Darbee does it better. Hmmm, maybe I should compare the JVC’s enhanced contrast function to the Darbee and see what happens……
As good as eShfit2 is, it can’t make extreeemely grainy movies like “The Hunger Games” look pristine. Not even eShift2 + maximum smoothing can fix this—the grain is just too bad. That being said, this projector DOES solve the problem that caused me to purchase it in the first place, which is: make older blu rays and blu rays with less-than-pristine authoring look great on my 120” diagonal 2:35 screen at my close viewing distance of 12 feet.. eShift2 is exactly what I needed, and the increased contrast really goes a long way. It’s difficult to describe, but the picture is better overall than the RS45 with this RS56. That being said, is the increase in picture quality alone worth the premium over the RS45? No. But, is the increase in picture quality, internal CMS (to compensate for projector under-saturation after Lumagen calibration), eShift2, and superior contrast worth the premium over the RS45? Absolutely. I’m looking past the fact that the RS56’s MSRP is enough to buy two RS45’s and a BenQ w7000, primarily because if you go to the right dealer, you won’t be paying MSRP for it and the purchase will make much more sense. It’s not every day I spend this kind of money on anything (Last time I came close was my dual Rosenut Seaton Submersive F2 purchase), so when I do put this kind of money out, I expect to see a darn good return. I am happy to report that the performance return is indeed commensurate with the cost.
I haven’t tried 3D yet—I already know what to expect from JVC’s in terms of 3D.
BTW, the RS56 overview video is shot and ready for editing. I scooped up a new editing program a few months ago and may actually try it out this weekend. If anyone has anything they would like to see demonstrated in regards to the RS56 (i.e. effects of X on Y, etc.), feel free to let me know on this thread or in PM, and I’ll be sure to capture it.