Originally Posted by nohjy
Could you offer some thoughts on the RS2000 vs. The RS600? I own an RS600 as well and I am considering upgrading. I want to know how significant the improvements are. I am considering waiting until the next iteration because of all of the QC issues. Unfortunately, I cant see one in my area.
Hi, sure no problem, these are just some high level observations, not a full deep dive.
* Sync times are much faster that the current e-shift models.
* Brightness - I installed a new lamp into the RS600 for the A/B viewing to give it a fair shot. They were both similar in low / high lamp. Same thing with the noise level. both very quiet in low lamp but definitely aware of their presence in high lamp. My projectors are 1-2 feet behind my seats for max gain on the HP so it's a bit of an odd setup to have the projectors that close to seating distance.
* Auto Tone Mapping - it's very good for their first round. I have a pair of great custom curves I use and compared several reference titles with the JVC ATM / custom curves / Panasonic 820 ATM . All looked very good and more similar than not in comparison to one another. none of the 3 will fully compare to MadVR dynamic ATM but that's a different topic.
* 2D 1080P - it's been mentioned before that the scaling isn't great if you feed it straight 1080P content. it's best to let the player scale in this case.
* 3D 1080P - 3D looks very good, similar overall to the current models. I thought the brightness was nearly the same between the 2 projectors, it would be hard to tell them apart. great x-talk control, same as the RS600. The 48hz per eye flicker is still there, no changes in this area.
* UHD content - using several reference titles like Lucy and Mad Max, they look great on both projectors from seating distance. ~14 feet from the 142" 16:9. When you get close up, you can see the RS2000 image is more steady than the e-shift image which is nice. Pixel peeping during high detail scenes, I can see more detail in the image which is to be expected. This didn't translate to a major difference though at seating distance. I felt the same way about the Sony VW1100 which had an excellent sharp lens. For PC content and video games, the difference is certainly more noticeable. I don't game in my HT room but had to bring my 9900K 5GHz 1080TI monster into the HT to check out some games and they indeed looked excellent in native UHD.
* Contrast - Without the DI, they appear overall similar but I think the RS600 has an advantage with the lower APL scenes. With the DI, the RS600 provides a very convincing FTB but on the RS2000 it was dark greyish field lighting up the screen in extended FTB as seen in a number of the Mad Max scenes. This is because the RS600 DI will close down quite a bit more than the RS2000. I'm hoping they can provide an option to have this clamped down more. The yellowing scenario has been discussed for a while and JVC is aware of the issue. hopefully resolved with an upcoming firmware update. Otherwise the DI was well behaved and did a nice job overall.
I think the RS600 was ahead of it's time when we compare it to the other projectors from the time period. It had the huge increase in brightness over the previous models, improvements with e-shift (I like e-shift 4 better than 5), full P3 with minimal light loss (VW1100 was near 40%!), ability to run the full 18GB HDMI bandwidth for 4K/60 HDR, etc. It was crippled with the Gamma D which is still a shame, one of the generic curves available today could have been uploaded in a firmware update. The virtue though is that JVC created the excellent auto-cal software that allows for uploading the custom curves and allows for quick fixes for gamma droop if needed. I still use the HDFury to keep the projector from switching to Gamma D, many thanks to @Manni01
for all the work they did with the JVC's.
If someone didn't have a projector today, the new series makes a lot of sense. it's the natural progression and is at the price point of the RS600 when it was released. Upgrading value is really up to the folks deciding and what their priorities are. My RS600 is a very nice copy and still looks excellent in my setup. In about 1.5 years I hope to see a laser in the RS2000 chassis. It's huge compared to the RS600 so I have to imagine they planned to make space for a laser + cooling system in a future model.
ps. bonus points for anyone that recognizes that BD on the left corner.