Originally Posted by refohs
I have had my mind set on this projector for over a year. I dreamed about it. Reading so much on this forum, pros and cons, I am wondering should I go through with my plans. Or perhaps order a JVC RS4500? What is causing me doubts, just from memory while I type this is: blobs, uniformity, lens with some kind of deformity, just to name three. Several "well seasoned" 995ES owners claim some kind of defect and say to PM them for help. Is it that bad? I really want to go through with my plans, but I am concerned the unit will need to be exchanged, that I will put a burden on my dealer as a result, that I will need to prove to dealer, or to Sony, that there is a problem requiring exchange, that I will need to call in a calibrator for a second time to photograph issues to justify an exchange, that I will have to justify what I see is a defect, that my request to exchange will be turned down by dealer or Sony, that i will have no projector for weeks, to name just a few concerns. How do I know that my dealer and/or Sony will support me 100% if there is a problem. What if I need to exchange a second or third unit, and a request for a fourth unit, and it's denied? Can I get my money back if I have this unit for 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months, for example. The 995ES is a big investment for me, but I have the money and permission, but I don't want to be stuck with a lemon with no way to come up with another 35K. I know, I read here, "every manufacturer of this kind of high priced projector has its own issues, so pick your poison." Poison? I've also read this projector gets a bad rap in these forums. Why? But my reading in these forums seems to weigh somewhat against the 995ES, my brain's doing some kind of statistics on the pros and cons, a brain-spreadsheet. Does the RS4500 come in better because there are less, or no, blobs, uniformity issues? Will the RS4500 be in every way an equal or better? The RS4500 puts a color filter in for some settings, lowering the light output to a similar output of the Sony. Break even here? I am posting to the 995ES thread, so any replies may be biased in the pros direction, which is bias. I think I am looking for a confidence builder to stick with my plans and move forward. Are there any, "Wish I had not gone with a 995ES." Or just make up your mind and buy something? Any thoughts? Planning to order something in this price range in January. Thanks so very much to all, happy holidays!
Any device can have issues and it is here that you will find out about these issues as that is sort of why it is here.
There will be many more with no issues. Why not have your dealer test the device with you before you take delivery and if it has issues, then your dealer/Sony can sort it out straight away with another unit.
That is the nature of this AV hobby beast.
Generally one cannot see truly what the device is like until set up at home and if there are issues then hassle and replacements ensue. Cannot really be avoided in that scenario.
The cost of these projectors just makes it that much harder to swallow as you have said.
If you do get issues down the line, then be sure to take as much evidence down as you can as soon as you can. I have found Sony can be a little obtuse to deal with directly at times which is why it really helps to have the weight of your dealer behind you.
As for the weight of opinion of one brand v another, just read some threads on here to see where most peoples loyalties lie and why they do. Then, make up your own mind.
The main reason I would have the 870 over the Z1 is the more manageable size and weight. However if you have a particularly large screen the higher lumens of the Z1 will prove useful.
Check out the Deadpool pic on the (currently) last page of the RS4500/Z1 thread and below that a pic I posted from X-Men Porkylips on my 760/885. You will see that as for viewing satisfaction goes they are both superb examples of modern projectors from either brand. I would be happy to own either of these, all things being equal.
If you can go and see a demo of both and make up your mind.