I attended the JVC press event this morning where they accounced the RS45 ($3499 MSRP) the RS55 ($7999) and the RS65 ($11,999). The top two models feature pixel shifting (called eShift) for a 4K rsolution mode. These projectors have a 1080p to 4K scaler built-in that seems to work well and the resulting image is impressive, given you are starting with a 1080p source. These projectors have no native 4K input capability. Rated dynamic CR is 120,000:1 and 80,000:1 respectively for the RS65 and RS55. The RS45 is rated at 50,000:1 dynamic CR. A rew RS4800 ($4995 MSRP) is being added between the RS45 and RS55 and is rated at 55,000:1 dynamic CR. All models have claimed increased light output in 3D mode and also reduced crosstalk. They are still using 96Hz refresh rate for 1080p/24 3D input and 120Hz for 30Hz and 60Hz inputs. Some of the optional 3D formats, such as 720p side-by-side are now supported. Also for the RS55 and RS65
convergence can be be adjusted at 1/16 pixel wide increments and at 121 screen points, rather than a full pixel at at time over the full screen. The CMS on the upper models has been improved but it sounds like the screen blanking between adjustments may still be there. All models have lens memory.
As for the lamp issues, they don't plan to publish a formal extended warranty and will continue to address owner's issues one by one. Unofficially their technical rep. I talked acknowledged that there were some QC issues early on with the 2011 models but these have now been resolved with some minor changes to the bulb design (or perhaps he ment the manufacturing precess) and better QC. The new models will use the same part number for the bulbs so existing owners of 2011 will be able to use the same bulbs as sold for the new models. I did also talk to a non-technical JVC representative who has been tracking the claims of bulb failures and according to him the number of returned lamps due to either premature diming or full out failure is about 0.5% of the projectors sold which he believes indicates it is not really a widespread issue as such a failure rate is within the normal range for such projector lamps.
They have changed suppliers for the 3D glasses that will be released for use with the 2012 models and these are also compatible with the 2011 models (and the glasses for the 2011 models will work with the 2012 models, but the new glass offer better performance and use a rechargable battery).
The following is an except from the JVC press release and applies to all of these models:
- 2D-to-3D Converter - Converts 2D program material to 3D using technology derived from JVC's professional 2D-to-3D converter. Included are user adjustments for 3D depth and subtitle geometry correction;
- JVC's 3D anamorphic feature combined with an optional anamorphic lens make it possible to enjoy 3D movies in the popular 2:35 scope format;
Compatibility with a wider range of 3D broadcasts, including 1080p/24 and 720p side-by-side formats;
- Brighter 3D images than previous models are possible through the use of an improved driver that keeps the shutter on the active shutter 3D glasses open longer, thus allowing more light to enter, while at the same time minimizing cross talk;
- A Cross Talk Canceller further reduces cross talk through analysis of the left eye and right eye signals and applying appropriate correction;
UPDATE 5pm Thursday, 9/8/11):
- A parallax adjustment allows the user to tailor the 3D image effect;
Direct access to 3D formats and settings on the remote control.
I've made a few corrections and additions to the above material.See attached Images