Originally Posted by Archibald1
Which one is best for the individual concerned is likely helped by which part of the world you are from.
In the US, the RS4500 and 995 are priced (RRP) about the same at around $35k.
In UK and Europe, the Z1 and 870 are £35k and £25k respectively. Makes the purchasing decision less difficult as I would not say the Z1 is £10k better than the 870.
And yes, both models have their issues.
Anyway, it is February now, so which direction did you end up swinging in?
I took the advice given to me by the followers in this thread. Spoke to my dealer, at length. Contacted quite a few professional calibrators that are prominent in these forums, had private chats with posters inside and outside this thread, did lots more research, read the entire Sony thread on the French and German sites. Read the entire JVC NX9/RS3000 thread on this site. Ultimately, I decided to NOT buy the Sony 995ES. I bought a JVC NX9/RS3000, and yes, it uses bulbs, and I will be changing bulbs, and that is NOT, repeat, NOT, what I wanted. But I will sell it ....
I came to the conclusion, if I bought the 995ES, that purchase would be "final" for too long a time given the 995's price. And if Sony comes out with newer projectors, it would be very hard to sell the 995ES. Instead, I will sell the NX9/RS3000 when either of these happen,
1) the NX9 becomes a laser-based NX???? It is already being sold, albeit, at this point in time, with specs not necessarily in favor of the HT enthusiast,
DLA-VS47NV = http://pro.jvc.com/prof/attributes/s...&feature_id=03
2) Sony introduces a new chip set with new panels (they need to do so.) I don't think the JVC Z1/4500 has the latest chip-set. The latest chip-set, I think, is in the NX9/RS3000.
I don't believe Sony introduced new panels in the 760 / 885 / 870 / 995 series, even though some think otherwise, and I think their current chip-sets are fairly maxed out. I think Sony is using more "processing" (than the latest JVCs) to address black-level competition then they should be doing. Rather than work on firmware updates to the 995ES, I would think Sony is working on new models.
I really wanted the 995ES for all of its great features, its weight and size, that lens, but new chip-sets and new panels need to be forthcoming. Sony, I will buy your new panel new chip-set, for the high price that your 995ES is now, or even more. I would gamble you are working in new panels and new chip-sets.
The JVC NX9/RS3000, I believe, has new panels and new chip-sets, and its lens is as good (within reason) as the 995ES lens. Light output is same. I don't need DTM, because I have a Lumagen processor. The NX9/RS3000 is a bit less than 1/2 the price of a 995ES. I can sell it and buy the new Sony or JVC laser-based projector. I am essentially spending (price-paid less price sold), for a year or two, on the NX9/RS3000 to hold a place for the new SONY or JVC.
I will miss all the great people on this thread. You all helped me a great deal, and got me through the rough decision process. I'll check here often. I will be looking for the thread starter on Sony's new top-end model in, say, a year, or, JVC's next laser-based projector.