Up until about 4 weeks ago i had the X9500...very happy with it bar the ongoing complaint of the "Mosquito" noise associated with E-Shift. JVC announce the "new " series with updated E-Shift 5. One aspect of E-Shift 5 is the mention of less image noise.
I get all excited , and then find out they have a limited series called the 20LTD......sell of my X9500 and order the 20LTD, all is good.....until.....
Javs gets one of the first X9900 samples here in Aus...posts his findings and my heart and enthusiasm sinks..
The roller coaster gets momentum and all of as sudden people are cancelling orders of the new series.
I decided the only way i was going to make up my mind on retaining the 20LTD order was to purchase an X9900 and see it for myself.
A good friend brought around his X9500 ( hear perfect sample) and another his yet unused X7500 he has for his not yet finished theatre room
We set up the X9900 and the X9500 stacked .
Basically we started comparing Thursday evening right through to Sunday night..........
I had one intent with this though.......E-Shift 4 versus E-shift 5!!
I did not get carried away with contrast,coulour ...ect....just primarily E-Shift.
Javs helped me with the info to stack the projectors and use th e"hide" feature. Feeding both PT,s the same HDMI input via the Integral and then putting one PJ out of sync to the other you have instant switching between the 2..
On to viewing....
On firing up the X9900 for the first time i was greeted with a very ungainly E-Shift noise!!!! sounded terrible.....after about an 20min it settled down and was never an issue again.
Let the X9900 warm up for an hour and check convergence..... HMMMM ...near perfect....one click down on the blue panel and it was spot on.
Focus.....Excellent.....Excellent sharpness and very even across the panel........Much Much different to the sample Javs has..
Enthusiasm was high.....
Fired up the UB900 and ran the first film......picture looked gorgeous very happy
......... watch a while longer then we switched to the X9500....OH!!!!
My fiend and i looked at one another , then switched back to the X9900....yep it was "Soft"!!
Continued to do this on many films.....same opinion every time.
I actually rang Javs on the Saturday morning with the bad news that i was in fact seeing a similar result to what he had with his X9900...BUT my sample has a very good lens and panels.
The X9900 just appeared to be "Soft" not as sharp as the X9500 on both film and test images.
Sunday we started another session.....
My friend who owns the X9500 started to take more interest in the X9900... He said ..."You know what, yep the X9500 is sharper, but the X9900 is still putting out a terrific image!" ...
We then started looking at content and when you look ...E-Shift 5 "DOES" have more detail....not night and day , but is does render more than E-Shift 4..
Then, we both commented that even though E-Shift 5 appears softer , it take on the appearance of being more "analogue" ..."film like" .....the E-shift 4 "IS" sharper, but it does look a little more "Digital" HMMMM.
The images produced by the X9500 and the X9900 are both superb .....but they are different in the way they are presented...
I initially just dismissed the X9900 due to the initial softness compared to the X9500, my friend is a little more patient , and due to this i ended up looking opon the X9900 in another way....it still produces an amazing image.
The outcome of this though is i have cancelled my 20LTD order BUT that is not because the X9900 is a bad projector , its not....
I was originally going to purchase the JVC Z1 before my X9500, then all the bad report flowed in and i cancelled and got the X9500.
I felt there was no point in going for the 20LTD and it was time i finally got the Z1....so that is now on its way in place of the 20LTD..
Something also from this is , like many others have said "JVC really need to up their game when it comes to their top tier series PJ,s
.. People are paying premium dollars on the top tier models expecting to get the "hand picked parts
Javs got a bad sample...i got an excellent sample.........they should BOTH be excellent samples!
Apologies for the long winded waffle...