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Mitsubishi HC4000 and JVC RS45

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I'm looking to get a projector in a couple months and was hoping for some advice. The two projectors I'm most interested in are the Mitsubishi HC4000 and JVC RS45. I mainly watch movies and television. I play some video games, but not a ton. The reasons I like these two in particular are that they are both very quiet (HC4000=25dB, RS45=20dB, from what I remember) and produce generally excellent pictures. I like the HC4000 because of its low price and how good it is with lower quality sources. I like the RS45 because of placement flexibility and excellent black levels.

What I want advice on in particular pertains to some of the potential problem areas with these projectors. I want to find out how bad the problems will be with them. I watch a high number of black and white movies (20% or so of what I watch). I know DLPs have RBE problems, or rather some viewers have RBE problems with some sources. I'd like to get a better idea of how bad RBE is on the HC4000. On some sites I've seen people say the RBE is pretty minimal, while on others people have said they've had to sell/return the projector. I had an Infocus X1 (2x wheel) for two years and didn't really see any rainbows. I later had a BenQ short throw projector (2x wheel) for only a couple weeks and was bothered by rainbows in any black and white film with anything approaching high contrast. How would you compare a 2x to a 4x wheel? How problematic is the HC4000 with black and white and RBE in general?

As for the RS45, my main concern (along with price and bulbs) is also largely with black and white films. I know that earlier generation LCOS projectors suffered from bad white field uniformity. I do not know if later models have this same problem or not. I had a Sanyo PLV-Z4 for three years. Black and white films were unwatchable on it, as one side of the picture had a distinct pink tint and the other side a green one. How is white field uniformity on the RS45?

I do not really want to get an LCD. DLPS tend to be somewhat loud from what I've seen, and I don't really want to go over 25dB if possible (this makes the Viewsonic Pro8200 less attractive). I don't know enough about LCOS to really say much of anything, except that bad white field uniformity would be a dealbreaker.

Any advice would be much appreciated.
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I'm sure Coder will show up eventually ..lol.
Can't speak for the HC4000. However, the RS45 white uniformity is excellent. Besides one of the Sony's, not much out there displays B&W movies like a JVC. They're the only projector manufacture out there that can give you deep blacks without sacrificing the brightness of the whites.
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