Originally Posted by SED <--- Rules
I really don't understand this. If the VW95 has very similar blacks and contrast levels as the RS40/45, why would it not be a great projector for watching dark movies? I think the Sony 95 is perfect for watching dark movies. If you want to loose better sharpness and motion over just the little bit better blacks and contrast of the RS55 then be my guest. I'll take the Sony.
My guess is that he meant he'd want the RS45 over the HW30 I suppose. My guess is the street price of the VW95 is not too far off from about twice that of the RS45 pre-order price.
The VW95 sounds like a great projector but I've not heard anyone mention much about the picture being supposedly dim in low lamp mode.
Originally Posted by conan48
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...
If this were my first projector I'd be getting the Sony. However, for me I care more about the black levels than the motion (even though that is very important also). Having lived with the blurry motion on the RS2 now I'd rather only take a slight improvement with motion than to sacrifice much in the black levels / contrast area. If I knew the Sony were very close I might go the HW30 route knowing how good the motion and 3D is on it. The problem is there seems to be so many conflicting opinions and I'm not sure if it's all due to setup or simply others just aren't as picky.
Like others, I also am concerned about the lamp issues on the JVCs. Being high up on the pre-order list it would be a tough call to pass on the RS45 at the great price AVS has provided us. Good enough that if there are issues I might be able to sell it and switch to a Sony if I'm not happy since I know at this point the Sony won't cost any more later than it does now.
Tough call without seeing the two side by side. If it were my first projector I'd be getting the Sony.