Originally Posted by OzHDHT
If it were solely on black levels, then fine. But you are comparing non-competing products in the JVC and Sony range to start with. A HW-30 would be closer to compare. Plus, how many other factors come into why people buy a model like the 95 vs an RS-55 lets say. How ideal also is the viewing environment, not that many people can have a 'batcave' scenario. This time even the at MSRP level Sony seems to also have already won with the 95 over the 55. That's not a street comparison just an observation. Let's let see what happens when reviewers like Cine4home and some of the US guys get their hands on them. At the moment all I can say is once again I'm off the line, up and running, and already enjoying the performance of the 95.
Not true. The JVC RS45 actually competes and beats the Sony 95 in native contrast, and to me is better with film and has a better 24p mode. If you were to compare the RS45 to the HW30, well then it's not a very good day for the Sony. The HW30 native contrast is about the same as a good LCD, and the lens is inferior with less sharpness, and non uniform focus over the entire screen.
The RS45 has the SAME lens as the RS55 and same everything else really. They do tweak the RS55 to get a "little" more native contrast (not much according to recent reviews) and of course the big feature this year is upscaling to 4k.
The Sony HW30 would be more comparable to the Panny 7000, not the JVC RS45.
Anyhow, I still might end up with a Sony or JVC. I'm not the biggest JVC fan right now with how they handled my defective RS50, but I don't hold grudges
Coderguy, you jump around to every thread and keep second guessing your choice and wondering if there is something better. I will tell you this. YOU WILL BE HAPPY WITH THE RS45. People don't realize that unless you have two projectors side by side and do a split screen comparison. 90% of people would be happy with either the Sony or JVC. I would be really happy knowing that I got such a good deal from AVS on the RS45! That's if they fixed their Lamp issues.
One last thing, people should stop bad mouthing the JVC for motion. I'm really sensitive to motion issues and the JVC does very well. The FI is not as smooth as the Sony, but the JVC uses a more aggressive approach which gives more of the SOE but at the cost of some artifacting.
People have to remember that both of these machines have about a 2ms response time and without FI (which many don't use for film) they both preform very well with motion with film content with the slight edge for 24p playback to the JVC. The fringing that was an issue with the RS25 (and previous) is completely gone. No more red trails on scrolling white text, moving golf poles, etc.
For sports, I preferred the Sony because it is very slightly sharper, and the FI is more seamless.
For films, I preferred the JVC because of the better black level (very noticeable to me in my black walled bat cave), better 24p playback, and more natural colours (without calibration)
Of course if you wan't the best machine for sports, you should check out the Infoucs SP8602 which I recently bought. Neither the Sony or JVC can give you that looking out a window effect that the Infocus provides.