Originally Posted by mark haflich
I really don't get this product especially considering the existing JVC models will be replaced with new ones at the Cedia in early September. I think most here have an inkling of the current street price of an RS 60. Couple that with a Lumagen 3D mini which is advertised here at the AVS store for $1595 and one has pretty much solved any CMS and gamma problems experienced with the RS50/60s. A dealer let alone an end user would have to spend more just for the Wolf than a consumer paying street for a 60 and the above listed price for a Lumagen. Nothing can be done to get more calibrated lumens from a 50/60.
If it were me, and it is not me, I would wait until the Cedia offerings come in about 6 weeks. I fully expect offerings from JVC that will make the 50/60s look like children from hunger.
You make an excellent point.
If as you imply Wolf Cinema has done nothing more than provide a new (uglier
) case it would be foolish to go to the Wolf re-badge if a JVC RS60 can be had at almost half the price.
Assuming that JVC is not likely to announce the release of a new and improved lamp for these projectors, then yes, nothing can be done to get more calibrated lumens from an RS50/60, or the Wolf for that matter. However, knowing these defects (decreased lumens, buggy CMS and Gamma controls) in the RS50/60 (and the re-badge) a savvy shopper would be foolish to purchase them as well. For around half the cost of the best RS60 street price a prospective buyer would better off purchasing an RS40.
An RS40 has a few hundred more lumens than the RS50/60 (and the Wolf re-badge). An RS40 matched with the Lumagen 3D mini while not measuring as well as an RS60 on theoretical best contrast ratio, for all practical purposes would still be indistinguishable in actual viewing conditions, and with the mini it would have comparable color accuracy.
So for a total outlay of around 37% of the Wolf re-badge you can have essentially the same performance for most important measures and better lumen output.