Originally Posted by TL5
I'm curious about this also, as I too own the RS1 and am looking to upgrade. One thing I have been told is LCD has a different "look" to it than LCOS, and if you were used to the JVC it would be hard to change to an Epson. Another model to consider is the Sony HW55ES, which is also very highly rated, and is LCOS like the JVC. It's more expensive than the Epson, though.
Originally Posted by curttard
Just got my 5030. The picture is very nice although I admit I expected a better jump in black level coming from the Mits HC4000.
Unfortunately I've got to send it back. Using a 106" wide 2.35 screen (equivalent projection size of a 123" 16:9) and sitting 7-8ft away, the screen door is immediately visible. I've got nothing close to 20-20 vision. Deal-breaker for us. Guess it's a JVC or stick with the Mits.
Probably a lot of folks are in your shoes, with older JVCs but looking at new Epsons.
I just switched from an RS15 (two years newer than RS1) to a 6030. It seems like the black levels are not really an improvement, more of a lateral move. But that's pretty good considering JVCs were the best in the business four years ago. And I occasionally hear muted croaks from the Epson's dynamic iris, although it's not objectionable. Bottom line, the Epson is not a step backward AFAICT. Also, having a Darbee attached to the Epson helps the perception of dynamic range.
There are so many upsides to the Epson. For example, the 6030 has way
more light output, and of course it has the best 3D in its price range (other than DLPs, which I can't use because my eyes are sensitive to RBE). The Epson also has FI in 2D and 3D, which looks good at the low or medium setting IMHO because it gets rid of the 24p judder during fast pans.
AVS has a Classifieds forum where you can sell your RS1 to help offset the cost of a new Epson. The Epson is already very affordable (relative to other mid-to-high end projectors) making it a pretty good value.
If you're strictly into 2D, and don't mind waiting about 2-3 years, the price of 4K projectors will probably start to come down into the "somewhat affordable" range, so if you're happy with the JVC for now, waiting is always another option.
Bottom line, I'm happy with the transition from older JVC to new Epson.