Originally Posted by xb1032
Could you elaborate a little more on the black floor of the HW50 in comparison to an Rs45? The assumption is the Rs55 is slightly better than the RS45 but from memory is the difference in overall black levels going to be immediately noticeable? For my particular needs I have a 2.4 gain HP which should be slightly more forgive able than your 2.8 HP.
With RC on is the better optics of the RS45 going to be missed? Upgrading from an RS45 to a RS46 is my 2nd choice but even if it does exhibit less ghosting the lack of FI in 3D is going to sorely missed.
Lastly, is the lack of the DI working in 3D missed? I'm sure the contrast won't be as good as the JVC but the glasses are already tinted giving black levels a boost on all projectors in 3D to a certain extent.
I have a few movies and concerts I like to use the give the black floor capabilities a workout.
- 1st ten minutes of Underworld Evolution - I love the beginning of this movie. very intense visuals when the black levels are performing at their peak.
- Shakira: Live in Paris - there are some great dark scenes throughout this concert.
- Chernobyl Diaries - Tons of 'fade to black'. This movie was shot recently with decent cameras. The dark scenes have some good detail hiding in the shadows. There is a scene where a girl is running around in pitch black with an LED light and it looks ridiculously good on the RS55 @ -13. I haven't seen this yet on the Sony but will this week.
- Terminator (UK release) - this new release is a nice surprise, it looks much better than MPEG-2 version. There's a number of scenes worth of taxing the native contrast of these projectors.
I did watch the beginning of underworld on the HW50 last night and it looked very good. I would give it a passing grade, better than the HW30 and similar to the 5010. This is going to be good enough for many folks, especially on lower gain screens.
It's not an exact substitute though for what the JVC is best known for. With my HP screen, I want the lowest black floor possible. I watch a lot of concerts and dark sci-fi so at least one of these JVC's stays in the HT this upcoming year.
it's hard to say on the RC vs. native optics of the JVC. I'm a little divided on this one. I partially think the native optics should be better as a base, but the RC does do a very good job of recreating the appearance of a sharp image when applied in moderation. I think it's going to come down to preference of each processing method.
There's going to be folks like like the RC and the E-shift, so no real way of telling what someone is going to like unless they can get a chance to see them in person. I'll do my best with some of the screens to get a basic idea of what's happening at the pixel level. Having seen the RC first hand, I'm anxious now to take a look at e-shift 2.
I don't see the lack of a DI as an issue in 3D, it still looks great. The RC sharpening in 3D makes a big difference overall. It's cranked @ 50 on the resolution, I turned it down to about 30 and think it looks very good at that setting.
I'm off to check out some 3D on the HW50 and try to grab some screenshots and 3D lumen measurements.