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New Projectors at CEDIA - Sony and JVC

Greetings, Just a couple of quick notes on the new JVC's and a touch more on Sony projectors. JVC's been busy. They've replaced the RS40, RS50 and RS60, with their new DLA-RS45, RS55 and RS65. Each has new features, and should also prove to be brighter doing 3D than last year's models. I'll touch on some of that, but let's run through the pricing because there's something really noteworthy there. Although JVC's DLA-RS55 and DLA-RS65 are priced the same as their last year's equivalents, the DLA-RS45 gets a $1000 price drop to $3495. That brings JVC 3D projection down where a lot more folks can afford it. The two higher end models, RS55 and RS65, now offer pixel adjustment in 1/16th pixel increments unlike last year's 1 pixel shift. And you can adjust the shifting in 21 separate zones, or do the whole screen at once. The lower end models still offer the 1 pixel width adjust. Keep in mind, of course, that 1 pixel adjust doesn't affect the 1:1 pixel mapping. JVC also offers e-shift, which smooths out the image, by repeating the frame with a slight shift. I have no idea if this is inherently the same, or similar to Panasonic's long standing SmoothScreen technology, but even when up close, pixel structure further disappears, and remember, LCoS is really good to start. I've seen some press refer to the new ones as 4k, but, it isn't really, because they repeat the image twice with slight shifting, it's still can't be sharper then, and is actually softer than pure 2k (1080p). I didn't realize we needed this for LCoS panels because I never saw the pixel structure as a problem at normal seating distances. It nicely softens menus and other text though. I didn't see the old HD250Pro, or a replacement, and I don't recall, them mentioning it, but I have their press kit, which should have more info. I won't get to look at that, though until I'm back at my hotel. Also new from JVC is the new 110, which comes finished in white, and is designed for more commercial applications, but still maintains many of the same features. BTW, like the RS45, it lacks the full color CMS of the RS55 and RS65. An immediate thought though, is that it may prove to be very competent in family rooms etc, as it is the brightest of the group. Sadly they were only showing the RS45 doing 3D (looked good), but the RS55/65 only doing 2D. JVC says, that lamps, and other features will make this year's RS55 and RS65 brighter in 3D than last year's. More after the show, as we get the specs pages up, and I have more time to comment. JVC said most models would be shipping in Novemeber, with the white one in October, I think. Moving on to Sony - Didn't see it work but Sony has a new projector they showed at IFA in Europe. I've been to their press conference but not their theater in their booth - heading there next. The big news, of course is their new 4K VPL-VW1000ES, but last year's VPL-VW90ES gets replaced with the Sony VPL-VW95ES, which is inherently similar, but a main new difference is lamp dimming technology that they say allows the VW95ES to be a brighter in 3D, while running cooler. BTW, Sony's $799 OLED lit, 3D headgear is impressive, it's heavy but balances well when put on. It's full HD with the panels about 1 inch from your eyes. It's a little out of our normal, but I've asked to review one. It's just that cool. Finally, I got the tour at Epson, but I'll do an Epson blog later - I saw both the 6010, their new flagship 2D, and 3D projector, in one theater, and the 61000 in their other. Yes, the 61000 first shown last year, is back. Like the 3D projectors - November shipments. -art

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