Originally Posted by edwa
MillerDuck (and other owners),
In making your purchasing decision what were your other choices? And why did they fall to the wayside?
The most difficult part of the process for me is seeing the products on an even playing field. You go to a store and not only do you get a list of excuses of how its set up but you can't be sure of what kind of signal one set is being fed versus another.
I'd love to see this JVC in person, but no one in my area has any floor models yet.
For my own eye (and that's all its worth) the Mits 1080 has good color but I can't get past a harshness or jaggedness that I see in the center of the screen. The HP is nice though I'm not as happy with its color or its SD display and it has that jaggedness to a lesser degree. The Samsung does a nice job of smoothing out those jaggies but overall focus suffers and color falls short. The Sony has an overall softness of focus that makes me wish I had a focus ring to adjust. Is there a better term for this jaggedness and is this the nature of DLP's. Does anyone else see them?......No, I don't see dead people.
I don't see rainbows for the most part. I have caught one or two but unless I look for them I can be pretty accepting. Black levels however are important to me. HDMI and firewire are a plus but I will rout through my precious HT RCVR and Speaker system. I'm too old for video games, I'd rather play with my wife and then guitar.
I've been trying to buy a big screen for about 3 years now and just haven't been able to give up the clarity of my old 31" Mits CRT.
Please give us more info on your PQ since this set is so new and hard to find.
Thanks in advance
My primary factors were in this order: Clarity with HD content (no jaggies), Black levels, PQ of SD & DVD content, Future-proofing & aesthetics of entire design.
I had actually settled on the 720p models of the JVC but had been putting off a purchase because I wasn't interested in a silver bezel and that was all Video Only was carrying at the time. I did a bunch of research online and saw the releases of the 1080p sets on the very near horizon.
The 720p models were consistently better than the DLPs & LCDs in my first two factors due to the LCOS display technology. They did not address either one of my other 2 factors however.
VO got a 1080p Toshiba DLP in and I stopped by to look at it. I had them move units & connections around to make sure that signal was identical etc. In my opinion, the 720p JVCs still beat out the Toshiba for HD, SD & DVD PQ.
Once again, I was ready to pull the trigger...then I saw a forum on here and a link on the JVC site for the new HD-ILA 1080p FH96 series units. Once I saw that it would be all black, had dual HDMI & probable 1080p input, my last 2 requirements were fulfilled.
I bought my unit sight-unseen based on my impressions of the 720p models and the fact that it had everything I wanted and I could negotiate a great deal with Video Only. I literally got the first one in stock and have no regrets.
I have not seen the Mits or HP products in person, but I have seen the Sony. It is too small & butt-ugly for the $ and the overall picture is equal in my opinion (didn't really notice the softness you were describing).
If you have a location nearby that has the 720p models in stock, go compare them to the other 1080p sets you are considering. I think the LCOS display technology alone will show you that the jaggies are a DLP issue and screen-door is an LCD issue.
All of that being said, I can tell you that this is the absolute least buyer's remorse I have ever had.