OK, so it's obviously it was disappointing for me to discover that not only is my JVC RS3000/NX9 unit defective but so also is my JVC RS2000/NX7/N7
HOWEVER s**t happens and it is what action or inaction by the manufacturer occurs as a consequence that is important; and with respect to this I have to say kudos to JVC, who did not need any prompting before kicking into action immediately.
First of all, JVC's UK distributor cleared their schedule so as to pay me a visit personally today. They checked out my NX9 and N7 units and confirmed that my observations are correct and that yes the units do both indeed appear to be defective; and so they have taken them away for provision to JVC.
Unfortunately, due to delay and everything being considerably backordered, for obvious reasons there quite simply is no surplus stock available to be able to provide me with replacement units immediately.
However, JVC has reassured me that despite the shortage whilst production catches up with the overwhelming demand, that I will be receiving brand new replacement units in circa 21 days' time; which personally I am very happy about all things considered.
Yes it is annoying, however, I have simply fallen foul of a double dose of bad luck, and nothing more than this.
And what with these being brand new products that have been designed from the ground up some initial bugs and wrinkles that need ironing out are to be expected. Wherein, the fact of the matter is that I have absolutely no doubt that JVC will most certainly iron out the wrinkles and cure the bugs, as and when, it is simply a matter of time. Where I have reminded myself that the JVC RS4500/Z1 was similarly afflicted at product launch but subsequently the various issues were quickly addressed by JVC and the projector became one of if not the best performing home theater projector at the respective price point. So I have no doubt that the same will transpire in this instance with respect to the new projectors.
Either way, I am very much looking forward to evaluating some units that are not defective, because from what I have seen and experienced so far, these new projectors are a significant step forwards with respect to video performance as compared with the pre-existing eShift range and in more ways than one.
I did have time to carry out some preliminary direct comparisons between the JVC RS540/X7900 versus the JVC RS2000/NX7/N7 and what I can say from my initial evaluation is that the JVC RS2000/NX7/N7 hands down outperforms the JVC RS540/X7900 and it is not even close. The lens is better, and that is not even taking into account the increase in native resolution. The image is considerably sharper with far greater MTF and considerably more detail. Comparing the Quick Brown Fox and other test patterns is quite simply embarrassing for the RS540/X7900 in comparison. The contrast performance is similar, but the dynamic contrast performance of the RS2000/NX7/N7 is notably much better, although I do think that some further tweaking via further firmware updates is in order for HDR content specifically, but even so I think some of those who have been turning off the DI with the pre-existing projectors will be pleasantly surprised and will end up using the DI with the new projectors. Motion performance is also notably better as well. Furthermore, there is considerably less video noise and the image is a lot more calm, solid, and stable looking with the RS2000/NX7/N7. And this is merely scratching the surface. So in answer to the pertinent question 'If I currently own a JVC eShift 4K projector is it worth it and/or would it be a significant upgrade if I were to replace my existing projector with a JVC RS2000/NX7/N7?' my answer to that question is a definitive YES
It is very important to note that unlike other regions, such as the United States THERE WAS/IS NO ADDITIONAL QC CARRIED OUT IN THE UK
. So despite having unfortunately been dealt a pair of lemons, it is worth noting that the incidence of such DOAs is not actually really any more than what is typical. I have simply been very unlucky.
And similarly typical is the number and severity of the initial launch bugs and issues; wherein, indubitably these will be ironed out by JVC. Consequently, I am still very much of the opinion that JVC has absolutely smashed it out of the park with this new range of projectors