After being overwhelmed by the absolute goodness of Dennis' projector last night, I got my RS-55 jerry-rigged today. I placed it atop a tall shelf behind the seating. Fired it up and...WOW!
This thing is just freakin' incredible! It has the same spectacular color saturation and intensity as Dennis' RS-45, the same brightness and deep contrast, but if anything, it is both sharper AND it's smoother at the same time. Not that Dennis' pj is not extremely sharp and very smooth. It definitely is both. However, the e-shift, 4K resolution takes it to the next level. If I get very close to the screen, I can see the weave pattern and the holes, but no pixel structure. Even if I put a piece of white paper over the screen, the pixel structure is completely invisible.
I watched a little bit of Avatar and then the wife came down and wanted to watch one of her DVR'd shows... Blue Bloods or something. She couldn't stop saying stuff like, "WOW that's incredible!", "Look at those colors!", "Look at the detail. I can read his name on his ID Badge!," Stuff like that. Suffice it to say she *easily* saw and appreciated the improvements.
Shortly after that we had to go out to our company Holiday party. When I got home, I watched the Saints/Lions game. I've seriously never seen football look like this. I was so involved in the image quality, I almost didn't watch the game. The Lions won, right? (J/K!)
After the game, I threw in King Kong. I zoomed out to 2.35:1, (don't have my a-lens mounted yet), and jumped to the brontosaurus stampede scene. I saw detail and depth in that scene I've never seen before. Colors were also much more vivid and saturated. Tomorrow, (before football), I'll try a few scenes from RotK, particularly the Battle of the Pelenor Fields scene. That is one of my "go to" scenes for both image and sound quality. I've seen it so many times that I know it by heart. If anything will show the benefits of this pj, that scene will.
Suffice it to say that Dennis's and I are both *VERY* happy with our new projectors.
Having said that, I think there's probably a little performance left in these pj's. OOTB, they are very, very good, but I suspect there is some black level and shadow detail still available. In addition, I wonder how accurate these highly saturated colors really are. I am going to get some hours on the bulb and then get it calibrated.