Join Date: May 2003
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Some pre-purchase questions
I’m hoping that I’ll be able to purchase the RS540 once they come out. If my wife isn’t on board with the total cost of everything once I get the street pricing for everything, I’ll wait another year to see what’s available new, used or closeout rather than opting for the less expensive RS440 now.
My goal is to get a big upgrade from my Sony VPL-HW30es, a now dated projector that has served me well. I am projecting a 100” 16:9 diagonal image from about 11’ in a room that is fairly blacked out (black ceiling and walls though the room does have a light-colored carpet and two white doors about 4’ to the right side of the projector. I can’t paint or scratch the doors and haven’t yet figured out a way to hang black fabric or something else on them. We use the projector about 300 – 400 hours per year with gaming and TIVO getting the most use and about 20 to 30 movies a year for the rest. We’ll be using the upcoming Xbox One X for gaming.
For its price range, it doesn’t seem to me that there is anything even close to the overall feature set that the RS520 has. It doesn’t seem that “true” 4K projectors will give me any better picture. With the latency now below 35ms and competitive with the comparable Epson and Sony projectors there should be no problem there. I’m content with a lamp based projector with no current aspirations for laser.
I’m not a projector expert like most of you. Under the theory “You don’t know what you don’t know”, is there any current major/minor shortcoming, poorly implemented feature or potentially new feature that might make it worth waiting one more year to upgrade? Is HDR use and colors with movies and gaming now straightforward out of the box? Would it be advisable to wait to purchase rather than pre-order to get reports of other people’s experience with how well the RS540 works with the new Xbox One X or can I be confident it’ll be a great combination?
If I purchase a RS540, what I else will I need? I’m planning on getting new mounting bracket, a Panasonic DMP-UB900 Blu-ray player, new HDMI cables and a DataColor Sypder5 Express. Any need for an HD Fury Vertex with this model?
7.2.4 with Denon X4300W, ATI 2005 & 1807 Amps, Kef Reference 203 Mains, 202c Ctr, 201 Surr, Ci200RR-THX Top Rears, Q300 Frt Hts, E301 Rear Surr, Power Sound Audio PSA dual S3600i Subs,
GIK & DIY Acoustics, JVC X790/RS540 Projector, Stewart Neve 100" Screen, Panasonic Blu-Ray DMP-UB900, Xbox One X, Crowson Transducers, INSTEON, UDI ISY994i, Amazon Echo