I won't go into a long "review" here since this PJ has been out for a loooong time. Plus there is no way I would want to follow the master gregr.
I will post my initial thoughts since I am coming from the VW200 flagship unit from Sony. The Pioneer Kuro FPJ1 (RS2) is an excellent PJ. I was very surprised at just how well the image looked yesterday. I ran it for about 8 straight hours to!
We watched Beverly Hills Chihuahua and it looked very good to great. I applied the gamma trick (gregr's and Alan Gs) and that alone elevates the performance level very high. I was very apprehensive about selling my VW200 and almost chickened out.
I am glad I did after spending a day with the FPJ1. It will definitely get the job done until Fall or even longer if needed. It is really hard to tell some characteristics of the new unit since it is brand spanking new. I could easily tell a difference with the contrast. And I will give the edge to the Kuro with Black Levels as well. I did see a little more noise in slow pans then I am used to but nothing significant enough to be a showstopper. I was able to make some simple adjusting that really minimized any noise. I won't post any calibrations yet since the lamp is virgin like. I typically calibrate 50 hours to 100 hours in or so. I like letting the lamp settle down first. It is very bright now. The Sony always seemed more than bright enough but this PJ seemed even brighter. I am using a Vutec SS about 15 feet away (ceiling mounted) with a Masquerade Masking System from Carada. Sharpness is very close actually. I would probably give the edge to the sony though. My Pioneer 09FD helps with detail and sharpness though so it ended up still being very close. Colors were awesome. I haven't dialed them in yet but if you are an eye candy extremist like myself than this PJ is for you!
I will also point out that I like how easy it was to maneuver the image to the left and right via the knob on top. Which there is also one for going up and down as well. With my Sony I had to make a big production out of it using a screwdriver and stool. It trimmed set up time down a bunch! Speaking of set up time the menus are very simple to navigate. I liked being able to select colorspace (never had that option before) and also loved the gamma incremental adjustments. I also like having the freedom to put the GUI anywhere you want on the screen. That is cool.
I spent most of the day looking at Blu ray titles. Today I plan to spend awhile viewing DirecTV. Blu ray at 1080p/24 was terrific. I specifically sent in 1080p/23.98 colorspace 4:4:4 with excellent results. My Wife was also very impressed with the picture. She also likes how the Kuro is smaller than the VW200. I like its shiny black piano look. It matches all of my components in the rack perfectly.
I will also miss the word sony lit up on the bottom of the VW200 but will gladly live with the FPJ1's little green dot.
I will post more impressions soon but so far I have been very impressed with the performance. With the price these PJs are going for they have got to be the absolute best bang for the buck on the market today! And that is coming from someone who just had a PJ with a msrp of 15K!
If you are on the fence then trust me when I say "jump off as fast as you can" because this PJs availability won't last!!!
I want to send out a personal thanks to Robert (VE) for making sure I got the FPJ1 quickly. After I sold the VW200 and shipped it early Wednesday morning I was already having theater withdraw!
I included a pic from T3 and then some fun pics from Monsters Inc. both on Blu ray...