The Art of Home Theater Projectors

Back from CES – catching up on comments – JVC, Optoma review units coming

Greetings all,

OK, five days in Las Vegas, at the CES show.  Not much in new home theater projectors – and not much was expected as most new projectors were announce at CEDIA in September.

Of note, Optoma has two versions of a new projector, featuring a 1.5:1 zoom lens, and vertical lens shift. More info to follow on the Optomas, in a separate blog.

BenQ also will have a new pair of projectors with 1.5:1 zoom, but while Optoma’s will be ready for release soon, the BenQs are probably early summer timeframe.  More to follow, and Optoma has promised a unit for review in the next few weeks.

I was too busy to answer the many comments to my blogs while there, as well as emails I received.  (If your questions/comments are useful to others, try to send them as blog comments, so my responses can be shared.

I hope to answer most of the ones I missed, over the next 3-4 days.

Good news – in the “better late than never category:  I received an email from JVC last Friday, indicating that both the RS10 and RS20 would be shipped to me for review this week.  I’m excited, hope you are too. BTW, if the RS20 performs as promised, it may well be my next projector, in which case I’ll be looking for a buyer for my RS1.  I’m thinking $2000 delivered, with a fresh calibration.  Note, however that my lamp has about $1400 hours on it.  Or, for $2350, I’ll provide it with a new lamp in place (also with the usual basic calibration) along with the old lamp.  -art

News And Comments

  • jeremy graziano

    been hanging on with an old jvc g15 for years now..bulb has over 5000 hours on in…would love too upgrade to the rs1…any takers yet or are you still considering letting it go?

    big fan of your site :)..thanks for the updates!


    Hi Jeremy,

    Haven’t found anything new to replace my RS1 with, from the latest crop of projectors, – except that I haven’t gotten in the RS20 for review yet. That’s arriving this week, I’m told. If it has the brightness, I’m fairly certain I will make the jump in the next month. I’ll let everyone know if the RS1 is for sale, when I know. -art

  • Dan

    I hope that RS-20 works for you because I might want that RS-1

  • Chris

    Any Update on the JVC RS 10 / 20? Did JVC actually get them to you for review this week? eagerly awaiting your 1st impressions!…….


    Yes, they are here now. The RS20 I watched last night, and did some “out of the box” viewing, and side by side vs the Epson 6500UB and Sony HW10. Mike will be calibrating it tonight, and returning it to me tomorrow. Look for a first look blog on Thursday. The RS10 Mike will calibrate tomorrow night, and it’s first look blog should be Saturday. I’m hoping to post the RS20 review next Monday, Tuesday latest. The RS10 should follow about 3 days later, as much of the content (physical tour, menus, etc.) are virtually identical, which will save some time. -art

  • RonnyD

    Hi All,
    Costco have Optoma HD65, EP721 & EP727.
    can someone tell me which of these is best for watching HD at home?




    Hmm, lets see, they are selling 1 Optoma HOME THEATER projector and two business projectors.

    Unless you need lots of brightness, the HD65 will provide you a superior picture. That simple. -a