My RS3000 arrived on Monday, but I didn't have all my ducks in a row regarding lining up everything I wanted to test during the limited return time. Today I set it up on a work bench to do some of that evaluation, and have only put two hours on it. With the final two hours I want to now take down my RS600 and hang this to ensure everything is perfect when inverted.
My screen is 120" wide 2.37:1 v6 material (0.84 gain). I do have a DCR lens, but so far I've not used it with the RS3000. On the RS600 I used the Radiance to tone map, but disabled this and both CMS so that it was in pass through. Initial thoughts/findings:
- Styrofoam was intact.
- Just needed 1 pixel for red alignment at 16:9. Zoomed to scope, I needed to add 1 pixel to blue too.
- Default mode was Natural with eShift enabled, MPC at 5/2/0 and Motion Enhance on Low. I think CMD was on Low too. I set MPC to 0/0/0, Low Lag On, and disabled Motion Enhance (this remains available with Low Lag)
- JVC didn't do a basic calibration as part of the extra QC it seems. Faces were zombie like, and I confirmed with my Discus/Calman that 30% had way too much green and 100% way too much red. I normalized those, and things looked good by eye to leave for now.
- eShift is fuzzy and buzzes as reported. Interestingly it remains active when using lens control with the built in test pattern, which I don't recall from the RS600. One reason for my upgrade was to remove the buzz.
- Low lamp is maybe a bit louder than my 600, but currently it's 4' closer.
- High lamp was way too loud for me. If as woofer measured it is quieter than medium laser on the RS4500, I would need a hush box for the RS4500. The only one I've seen was mounted in a projection closest and so imparted no noise into the room.
- Heat output from the front, even on low lamp, feels significantly greater than the RS600.
- I haven't noticed any streaking yet, but haven't gone looking for it yet. I did notice the Lumagen menus were much sharper than the RS600 (white on dark blue)
- Very bright, even in low lamp! I took measurements with my $30 Dr Meter, which is only about ~3% out when I measured a 100 IRE pattern on the Sony 995ES at Kris Deerings. All measurements are iris open on manual, zoomed to scope (10' wide) from ~ 14'6" throw.
RS600 on low lamp = 200, 189 with the filter. RS3000 = 308, 250 with filter - same 18% drop as Ekk measured.
- To get the closest to brightness match to my RS600, which for SDR I use at low -1 (around 17fL), I had to use low -6 which gave me 18fL. At -7 it went below 16fL. When I add the DCR, I'll be able to crank the iris down even more and not have lamp aging concerns. My RS600 lamp has retained good brightness after 1000 hours.
- Haven't heard the DI, and real material was tested in Auto 2.
- Very calm, clear, deep image. Similar qualities to the RS4500 and 995ES that I've seen recently. When I spoke with Kris he thought the lens quality was a major reason for their look.
- Black levels with content look very good. I tested some scenes, like SDR Interstellar 53:30 and Rogue One, and both looked excellent.For HDR I tried the Koren car chase scene (and the one after in the CIA cell) in Black Panther. I had to push up Picture Tone up a lot due to my low gain screen, but color looked phenomenal such as the purple energy hits in his suit. Very like the RS4500/Lumagen/DCR/ST100 combo I saw, and I was still in low lamp. With the DCR and Radiance there should be lots of room for further improvement.
Here are some QBF take on a tripod with my phone.