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I returned that JVC RS600 back to Mike Garrett and hung the Panasonic AE8000U Panasonic back up. My family and I watched How to Train your Dragon last night and I admit it was very disappointing at first. Colors initially looked blue on the Panasonic, and not nearly as bright, and not nearly as inky black contrast levels. I at first thought something was wrong, because surely it shouldn't look that bad in comparison. But I checked the settings and everything was optimal.
To give an idea of the black level difference - I have smoked glass on the front of my rack and with the Panasonic Projector, on a black scene you can't see the orange glow from the iNuke's on the screen through the smoked glass, but with the JVC projector on you very obviously could see that orange glow and so for the crawl I covered the iNukes in the rack with a towel. With the Panasonic there is no need, because the blacks just aren't black enough to even show that dimmed orange light on the screen. The blacks are a very dark gray, not a true black. I've always said a projector can't throw black, so ambient light control is important to my friends at work who inquire about projectors, but want to have a bright room. But, if you didn't know better you might think that JVC could actually throw black.
Whatever -- I settled in, enjoyed the movie, and by the end of it I thought the image quality looked fine again, and was satisfied.
Funny - - I attribute this to like when you first throw in a DVD after being used to watching BluRays --- at first you think this picture quality sucks, but after half the movie you completely forget about it, and by the end you think - "that was a great cinematic experience."
Maybe not that big of a delta --- but just along those lines.
How to Train your Dragon would have looked super impressive with all the dark scenes on the JVC RS600, but in the end - I can still enjoy the movie experience even on the ole Panasonic. (We'll see if that quality difference memory eats at me over time and pushes up my new projector purchase date. I suspect not, but time will tell. Before the meet my expected projector upgrade horizon was 2-3 years more. My goal was to wait until true 4K was in the $2-$2.5K range)
Archaea's 9.8.4 Home Theater Room
(13) JBL CBT 70j-1 | Denon x7200wa | Sherbourn PA 7-350 amplifier | (8) Ultimax 18" sealed subwoofers | (4) iNuke DSP 6000 amplifiers | (4) MB Quart 12" subwoofers mounted direct mounted to Berkline theater chairs BOSS style | Epson 5040UB Projector | Jamestown 144" acoustic transparent 2.35:1 screen w/ Seymour XD fabric