Originally Posted by GekkoSoze
I have a question to ask you JVC veterans here. I am looking to upgrade my 1080p PJ and initially I'm looking at the Optoma UHD60 4K PJ.
However, after some thinking, I realize perhaps even in the next 2-3 years, 90% of my viewing will still be Blu Ray and Cable TV. Maybe I'll buy and watch 5-10 UHD discs if at all a year but that's it.
And then I came across a used X500 for sale so I'm thinking maybe getting the used X500 is the better bet for me because of JVC's hearalded black level.
So does it make sense to buy a used X500 at this stage or should I just jump to the Optoma UHD60?
X500 all the way
But of course you asked this on a JVC thread
That being said, my first PJ (some 13 years ago) was an Optoma H30, then H31, then a Mitsubishi HC3800 ---- All DLP's (like the UHD60).
DLP can't hold a candle to JVC's for blacks/contrast. Unless you're literally holding a candle in front of the screen.
My biggest concern going from DLP (the HC3800) to JVC was sharpness and bright scene pop. Sharpness was about the same (single chip advantage with HC3800, but the JVC has a WAY better lens, ended up about the same in the end). Bright scene pop had a slight advantage to the HC3800, but part of that might of been a calibration difference. Only recently had I done a JVC autocalibrate with a spyder4 meter to fix the gamma droop issue. I bought my JVC RS57 (X700) used almost a year ago. Had 580 hrs on it and had to run a low gamma---in the 2.0/2.1 range (and some +2 on the dark gamma adj) to avoid black crush. After the autocal it appears my bright scene content pops a bit more. Hard to know for sure w/o a side by side, which can't be done.
As for a true 4k PJ? Most of the advantage of 4k isn't just the resolution, it's the HDR, wider color gamut/bits, etc. Projectors---any, can't really take advantage of the HDR. Resolution> My RS57 has super thin pixel lines---I can't see them unless my nose at the screen. Turn on the eshift and they disappear. That being said, I leave eshift off. How close are you sitting to the screen?
Though the UHD 4k discs might be mastered better and overall a better 'source'. The UHD 4k Blade Runner is remastered, the blu ray version is not. Though I don't see why you can't get a UHD player and just output 1080p to the PJ. That might look better than the blu ray version.
What 1080p PJ do you have now?