Thanks for the continued input everyone, really appreciate the helpfulness of JVC owners!
First thing I want to note is that I have totally fallen in love with the JVC look, and no way do I want to go back to the 45ES. The blacks and contrast are unlike anything I have ever experienced, even compared to flat panels (I never owned Pioneer Kuro, only Panasonic plasma, and now some LCDs). Last night I put on the Gravity blu-ray, iris set at Auto2, and I was FLOORED by the gorgeous blacks in space! It made the film all the more immersive.
My desire is that my dealer (who is a forum member) will help me get a return/exchange from the distributor if it's necessary. I have never purchased from him before but he came highly recommended by another veteran forum member. Maybe there is only so much he can do since it looks like it's up to the distributor to ok or deny a return. And the other concern is if a return was allowed, there's no guarantee a second unit will be better, and could be worse in various ways.
I experience quality control issues all the time in my work as a professional photographer, where it is not uncommon for me to have to purchase 3 copies of a lens and test all to find one that is decent enough to keep (but I have a fantastic dealer who lets me do that and gives 30-day no questions asked return privileges with zero fees). This is a concern for me with buying JVC going forward, if quality control is not great (as seems to be true of all projector brands) and then if it is difficult to get the powers that be to admit issues and allow returns. With my Epson a dozen years ago the exchange service for any issue you had was phenomenal, super fast and cooperative, and multiple exchanges if that's what it took. I almost went for the Epson 5050, but I don't want Epson blacks, I want the phenomenal contrast of this JVC.
Last night after a highly respected and experienced veteran forum member recommended to me to carefully check the focus uniformity (which I had not gotten around to yet) I did that, and I cannot get proper focus across the entire field. It appears especially the lower right fourth of the image is not very sharp, and when I focus there as best as can be then the rest of image is not in proper focus. I have this sick feeling you get from dropping what for my wife & I is significant coin on a consumer electronics item and fearing I could possibly have a bad sample and be stuck with it. I hope to do more careful testing tomorrow or Monday, but today is my wife's birthday so I need to disconnect my brain from worrying about it the rest of the day.
DISPLAY: JVC RS540, 160" Stewart WallScreen ST130 G4
SPEAKERS/SUBS: Chane A5.4/A2.4/A1.4, Rythmik FV18 x 2
POWER: Outlaw 5000 5-channel, Denon AVR-X3300W
SOURCE: multi-region Oppo BDP-103D & BDP-83
Last edited by rossandwendy; 02-01-2020 at 01:03 PM.