Originally Posted by noah katz
Given the number of AVS posters vs. members I think it's safe to say that the majority of people are observers.
In any case, anyone who *doesn't* have the issue please let us know.
I assumed everyone did so I haven't even opened the box.
I suspect there may be many owners who have only had infrequent problems like myself. I've got 36 hours on the projector and have only had two HDMI related issues--once the first night and once at about 12 hours. Both times I was able to shut down the projector using the power button. That is two issues too many and the handshaking takes longer than it should but I'm confident JVC will get it worked out. I feel bad for those owners with severe problems but I am grateful mine is very usable in the meantime. I do see some people on this forum making mountains out of molehills in my opinion, in some cases by people who haven't even seen and/owned the new units or had firsthand experience between the X55 and X500, etc. To restate what I shared recently with a forum member via PM:
"I'm really liking the unit! I tried to temper the "this projector is awesome" hype for a couple of days so I could let things settle in... I really do think it looks great though and I'm absolutely convinced it was a good upgrade for me coming from my X55, which at the time I thought was a great unit at it's price point.
What I probably like most is the ability to run the new unit aperture wide open or only partially closed for light output while still having the ability of the iris to clamp down all the way for low APL scenes using Auto 2 on the II. I run a 142" Seymour Centerstage XD acoustic screen (1.2 gain), so the extra light output has been great for the scope material. The 40 percent reduction between pixels coupled with the reworked optical assembly/light path is a significant improvement in my opinion relative to light output.
I also much prefer the lower pitch of the fan when in high lamp, which is only used for 3D for me. I never hear it except for very quiet passages which are rare (perhaps the upcoming release of Gravity in 3D will change that--haven't seen it yet).
I haven't noticed much difference with e-shift engaged on HD material, I'm going to have to look into it more closely. On the X55 you could change modes (SD, HD, High Resolution, etc) which made the changes more apparent.
I've been happy to see forum users like zombie10k and Cine4Home post some their calibration data and confirm what my limited calibration abilities using an AVS HD 709 and Spears & Munsil calibration disc patterns indicated, that the new units have great brightness and good color accuracy. Gamma seems to be nearly perfect with the 2.2 custom setting according to the guys with the gear to measure it appropriately, which I hope to do myself in the future)."
I would add to those comments that I'm more and more thrilled with the X500 each day. The 3D looks good to me and is at a point where I would say it's competitive with the competition. I just watched two more movies on it tonight and the picture was full of pop, with great shadow detail in the night scenes, leaving no question in my mind upgrading was the right thing for me. If I had one sitting waiting to be opened I would go for it as I just can't see JVC not remedying the problems once their team finally gets back to work. Hopefully my comments are representative of some other new owners who are equally happy and just too busy watching to post. Perhaps once the HDMI issues are fixed and my machine has been thoroughly calibrated my comments will start sounding more like Mark's first fanboy review preview