Originally Posted by Mike Garrett
And I do not see how you can say the RS1000, RS2000 and RS3000 are equivalent models to the RS440, RS540 and RS640. Especially when the RS540 was carried over as the entry level model. The actual lineup was; RS540, RS1000, RS2000 and RS3000 for lamp based. You need to see the RS1000. I can see why many people that have compared the two, pick it over the RS540.
The RS-440 is the entry level model to the RS-540 because that is it's original group. It's 'original release set' determines whether it is an entry or a middle-model (non-entry), otherwise that would mean the RS-540 changes it's position based on what year you bought the projector (doesn't make a lot of sense if you read the next part of what I wrote).
It's like saying the HD-250 was the entry level model when the RS-40/45 was released. I suppose you could make that argument, but then the following year the RS-46 became the entry model, so that gets very convoluted thinking in terms of 2 entry level models, while one is going in and out of being an entry model because it was an older model, when in reality they are not even from the same year release or are just a re-release. I would also assume that the lowest model NX for next year or the year after will eventually become the defacto entry level model...
So if next year's model is NX-50 as an example, and it is the lowest MSRP in circulation, are we still referring to the RS-540 as an entry-level model? (this is exactly what happened with HD-250 to RS-46, and I don't think anyone will think of it in these terms, RS-540 will always be thought of as an older projector that was just re-released just like the HD-250)
Also, since when have we ever considered any RS-5x/5xx model an entry level model, it doesn't spec out like an entry-level model as it has the second iris and high-end contrast, unlike all other JVC entry models. The original MSRP was not originally priced that way even though it changed. Sure it was the cheapest MSRP model for this year, but it wasn't released in this year, it was re-hashed from the previous year in which it had an entry model.