Just some quick observations after receiving my X9000 yesterday.
I had about 3 hours or so to play with this, so I did not have the time to takeout my meter and do some calibration. I used Zoombies initial settings(thanks) and watched quite a few clips I'm very familiar with.
I usually change projectors every year or so for the last 17 years. My current projector is Last years JVC's entry level , the X500.
Projecting on a cinema scope HP 2.8 133"
There are some very good stuff and there issome not so good stuff.
I would give my X500 a 9/10 in terms of uniformity a 8/10 in terms of convergenceand a 8/10 in terms of focus across the screen.
As to the X9000.
This thing is ultra bright.
I was using Low lamp with the Iris at -13 as opposed to High lamp and -6 on theX500, still the X9000 was perhaps a tad brighter.
The thing is that this is not only a brightness difference, but the depth of the picture and the dynamic contrast (for lack of a better word) is so astounding that the X500 looks pale/washed out in comparison.
This is a full very big step ahead.
Not too sure one can see an obvious big differencewhen it comes to bright scenes (there are differences) , but on low apl scenes and mixed scenes like for example the one where Moneypenny Shaves Bond in Skyfall , looks wayyyy better and much more engaging on the X9000 than on the X500.
The x9000 convergence is nearly spot on. I would give it a 9/10. The picture is ultra sharp, looks like one uses a darbee and the other doesn't (which is notthe case).
Overall the X9000 is a major upgrade over the X500. It is very apparent and doesn’t realy take a videophile to notice it.
I understand JVC's wanting to improve on last years DI but for my needs/preferencesthis was a mistake. This thing does not close down as with last years Iris.
The differences in Fade To Blacks between the X9000 and the X500 is not small by any measurement.
The fact that my unit has a so so uniformity (wouldn't call this exactly bright corners butmore of lighted/dark zones) , and the fact that the Iris does not clap down,this gives the X500 an advantage. I would give the X9000 uniformity a 7/10.
The so so uniformity is not visible in real day content.
The upper and lower bars don't exhibit a problem, but it is easily seen in Fade to blacks and once you get used to the magnificent fade to blacks I had with the X500 then this ist roubling, though in all fairness that’s the only advantage my specific X500has over the specific X9000, other than that its not realy a contest.
I had bright corners back in the days with theSony Ruby and this was obvious on the upper bar on the left side. It was troubling. This is not the case here.
I can "fix" this or lesser the problem by going to -15 on the Iris butthe picture gets too dark. This morning I was wondering if I can use a combination of High lamp and -15 on the Iris and that might improve things.
Another option will be to change my HP screen which has seen better days, perhaps to aGrayHawk or similar
Now I'm not sure if swapping the unit will get me a better uniformity, it might,but it can also come along with dead pixels, bad convergence etc.
Hope this helps.