Originally Posted by markswift2003
Hi Jason - Extremely interested that you say that - I've been on the fence for months over buying an N7/RS2000 and the new DTM firmware has almost tipped me, but every time I watch a recent HDR movie I'm blown away by the image I can get on my X7000 (X750/RS500) so I back down.
I know native resolution will make a difference, but how much at my seating position - The biggest fear I have is that I'll notice a loss in contrast..
So I'm interested that you had one but kept the RS600 - what was it particularly that tipped the decision?
Mark, hi there's a few areas. for reference, I had the Sony VW1100 here for several years and also the RS2000's. HT was set up the same for all the projectors, it's a pitch black velvet room (walls & ceiling) + black carpet.
A number of folks sold their e-shift models before buying the new release. I spent ~50 hours comparing familiar content in an A/B stack with a split source.
regarding contrast, there are 2 specific areas I observed. The DI on the new models does not clamp down as much as the RS600. Some folks find this a virtue but I never had an issue with the DI and appreciate being able to really dig deep into very low APL scenes. This has been brought up by several folks asking for 'Auto 3' in the new series, at least give the option of getting closer to the previous gen.
2nd area is internal reflections. I found them more noticeable on the RS2000 vs RS600. This is testing with APL patterns (small white blocks) and real content. Arrow mentioned this early on with the RS3000 review and later mentioned a different copy was better. Cine4home also mentioned this early on so it's likely going to vary between copies.
other areas that I would like to see improved in a future version is the warm up time required to settle down. focus and convergence. I thought there was a considerable difference between the RS2000 and RS600 in this regard. It would take a solid 30-45 minutes for the convergence to full settle. My VW1100 was the same way, blue panel took ~45 minutes to settle in. On the RS600 I have here, it's good to go within 10 mins or so from cold boot
The RS2000's I saw also had more bright corners than I current have. This has been discussed recently from folks getting their 4K models. As with previous gens, this will always vary between copies. In 2016 I saw a large # of RS500/600's and there were some A+ superstars and some that shouldn't have left factory with BC so it definitely varies. Luck is definitely a factor here.
so I get a little crazy when I really like something, I buy a backup.
I saw a hard to resist low hour RS600 for sale at a great price and decided to take a gamble. I ended up lucking out, this sample is A++ with BC, sharp edge to edge focus and zero adjustment convergence. it's one of the nicest converged JVC's I've seen and still has 2 years left on the 5 year warranty. Combined with MadVR this will hold me over for a little while longer.