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  1. Hi Owen, the Oppo 205 does do a stellar job upscaling (not sure how it compares to a PC though), however, the 'JVC auto tone mapping' was a significant reason I went with this over the Sony and even the Sim2. It is superb, and whilst it is reported to not read all 4K blurays HDR metadata, I am yet to come across a UHD title that it doesn't. This feature alone, is enough to make me consider this projector to be superior when it comes to viewing HDR titles. When the JVC notes a HDR title is being played it automatically switches to high lamp mode with the iris fully open and auto iris engaged. I only use iris -7 for SDR titles, and I don't notice a big difference in lower light output, but I am in a fully light controlled cinema room. I have always been impressed with 4K on Sony OLED TVs, especially with their processing hardware (X1 and subsequent iterations of). The 4K picture these units produce remind me of Sony's OLED TVs (not the brightness of course but the detail and colour balance) but on a much much bigger scale. The quality is addictive. If you have not seen a JVC N7 in action with 4K HDR then I do recommend taking a look for yourself. I have seen a fair few 4K projectors in action (calibrated) and I find the JVC provides a superior difference in performance with 4K HDR (at least to my eyes) for three main reasons: 1. 15 stage full glass optics system 2. Auto-tone mapping and processing 3. The native 4K chip I look forward to hearing which way you decide to ultimately go, and the reasons why. Or whether you ultimately stick with the X series for awhile. Best of luck. Regards, Miles
  2. Hi Owen, thank you for your incredibly comprehensive response. Contrast Ratio: Funnily enough, my contrast ratio adjustment methods are not too dissimilar to yours. However, with specific adjustments to the N7, there are some adjustments that can be made that certainly improve the contrast performance. Such as setting the iris to -7 (in my setup) and then selecting Auto2 and allowing the auto iris to perform up to a shutter opening of -7. This did improve the native contrast performance. If you are chasing really high native contrast ratios then laser DLP is the way to go, but you mentioned that you are not a DLP fan (rainbow effect?). This is my second non DLP projector. My main projectors have always been DLP, including my beloved Sim2D80e (which also produced inky blacks IMO). But after having this projector N7 DILA, I cannot imagine going back to DLP. Projector use: I bought this projector for movie watching (mainly 4K, which includes letting my Oppo UHD205 do the upscaling of my 1080p collection). Personal preference: I am certainly not trying to change your mind. I am merely providing my observations as an owner of an N7. I too have a healthy dose of scepticism when it comes to claimed performance and I had my reservations about the JVC prior to pulling the trigger. I absolutely have no regret whatsoever. This is without a doubt the best picture I have seen from a projected image (with 4K). In fact I was at an advanced screening of Toy Story 4 a week ago in a VMAX Dolby ATMOS cinema, and I felt like the image was a let down after coming from my JVC. I am not claiming it is perfect, many here have experienced some issues. I have not been one of those people with issues, and I hope that JVC continue to roll out firmware updates to continue to improve the already outstanding performance. I am a movie buff (as well as 2 channel HiFi but that is another story), I love ATMOS and I love high end calibrated pictures to accompany the sound. The 4K images I am getting from this projector has me returning more often than I should to JBHIFI to grow my 4K library. Best regards, Miles
  3. Hi Jim, the firmware update really is very simple. It is just a matter of downloading the firmware to a FAT32 clear USB stick. Then plugging the USB stick into the USB port on the back and following the directions in the downloaded pdf from the JVC website. Firmware: https://www3.jvckenwood.com/english/download/dla-nx9_dla-nx7_dla-nx5_dla-n7_dla-n5_dla-n11_dla-n8_dla-n6_dla-rs3000_dla-rs2000_dla-rs1000/ Instructions: https://www3.jvckenwood.com/english/download/dla-nx9_dla-nx7_dla-nx5_dla-n7_dla-n5_dla-n11_dla-n8_dla-n6_dla-rs3000_dla-rs2000_dla-rs1000/pdf/jkcpj201801_proc_en_v1.pdf I am not having any striping issues, or bright edges, or yellowing of the image that others have reported. I have had my JVC for over 2 weeks now, and it arrived with v2.04. I upgraded it straight away to v2.07. Then mounted it, and calibrated it. I've tested it with XBOX One X, Oppo 205, Foxtel IQ4, FTA TV (watching the pre-game State of Origin right now). I have had no glitches, no digital tearing, touch wood no issues yet. I believe there is an issue with Y4:4:4 and 12 bit which others have confirmed but I have not tested this yet. I am running the Oppo on Auto color space. With HDR I am using a combination of the Oppo scaling and the internal JVC Auto Tone Mapping. Every 4K disc I have thrown at it so far, it has done a remarkable job, producing stunning pictures, putting my TV to shame.
  4. Item: Optoma UHD51 Location: Toowoomba Price: $2000 (RRP $3299) Item Condition: Near New (6 months old) Reason for selling: Native 4K projector Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, transfer, Mail. Extra Info: I have had my Optoma projector since new (kept in a pristine smoke free environment). 300 lamp hours. This projector has 2400 lumens output, a 500,000:1 contrast ratio, long lamp life, 3D, and 4K. The UHD51 reviews well, and for the price it really does provide an amazing picture. Features include: 3840x2160 resolution (4K UHD) for fine detail and crisp images Voice activated control through Alexa RGB colour wheel delivers excellent colour accuracy HDR with choice of four highly watchable modes; HDR 10 compatible Supports DCI-P3 wide colour gamut, REC.2020, and REC.709 Frame Interpolation to smooth motion; choice of three levels Two HDMI 2.0 ports with 4K UHD, HDR support 1.3x zoom lens Modest vertical lens shift Full 3D with DLP Link glasses 4000 hour lamp life with full power, 10,000 hours in Eco mode, 15,000 hours in Dynamic mode Replacement lamps are $US199 Two 5-watt stereo speakers deliver good sound quality and high enough volume to fill a small to mid-size room It comes with all the original packaging and an arrangement can be made for postage. Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  5. Item: Integra DHC 80.3(B) Location: Toowoomba Price: $850 Item Condition: EXCELLENT Reason for selling: ATMOS Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I have had this pre since new. It is a reference sounding pre and was the last Audyssey model used by Integra. It is in A1 condition. The room correction, and resulting sound is simply superb from this pre. It has fully balanced inputs and outputs (as well as RCA jacks). It comes with all original packaging. https://www.soundandvision.com/content/review-integra-dhc-803-av-controller Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  6. Hi Owen, what calibration settings are you running on your JVC N series? I can offer suggestions to improve your measured native contrast figures if you are interested. I assume you are not going off stats alone, and are talking real world performance. Native 4K is a definite move in the right direction which is the defining feature above and beyond the X series (the X series was still impressive). Native contrast ratio is important but in my opinion not the defining feature of an excellent picture. My calibrated old Sim2 D80e still gives a better overall 1080p picture than many pixel shifting 4k projectors that have a claimed superior contrast ratio. For me, the native 4K chip is a game changer in my N7.
  7. Initial thoughts - I'm a new owner of the JVC N7, and so far it exceeds my expectations in every way. The picture quality post calibration is superb not only on 4K sources but also with my 1080p bluray collection. I am running the latest firmware (v2.07). The blacks are inky black yet detailed (especially post calibration). The image is stutter free on panning shots both Foxtel and bluray. 4K HDR with auto tone mapping enabled produces a crisp detailed image with real 3 dimensional pop. I am using an Oppo 205 as my source player. Truly beautiful images from an amazing projector. Very pleased.
  8. Price drop: $900 Thanks John. It really is a superb pre-amp. It definitely would be a great pairing with the Elektra Theatron Power Amp. I have it paired to an NAD M25 7 channel power amp and it is an excellent match.
  9. Item: Integra DHC 80.3 Pre Location: Toowoomba Price: $1000 plus postage PRICE DROP: $900 Item Condition: Excellent and all original packaging Reason for selling: ATMOS journey Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I have had this pre since new. It is an excellent sounding pre and was the last Audyssey model used by Integra. The room correction, and sound is simply superb from this pre. It has full balanced inputs and outputs as well as RCA jacks. Pictures:
  10. Item: CLEARAUDIO MAESTRO MM CARTRIDGE Location: Brisbane Price: $400 ono Item Condition: Near new Reason for selling: Changing preamp Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only or mail at additional cost Extra Info: This cartridge has less than 30 hours listening on it. It is a superb sounding cartridge that reviews incredibly well and had an RRP of $1075. It replaced an Ortofon 2M black. I am only selling as I am moving to an MC to match my new preamp.  Pictures: 
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  12. Item: Sim2 D80E Location: Brisbane Price: $5000 ono (RRP $12,000) Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Dismantling the Home Theatre Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, courier Extra Info: I am the original owner of this Sim2 D80E. I have recently had it serviced and a new OEM light bulb ($850) installed (it has less than 4 hours use on the globe). It comes with a spare globe and all original packaging. I have a 4K projector (also about to be listed) that goes nowhere near the 1080p image that this projector produces with its superb optics and processing. It has won numerous accolades, including 2 years running Projector of the Year by Sound and Image magazine. The only reason I am selling is because I am dismantling the Home Theatre. Pictures:
  13. Thank you to all of the fellow Stereo Net ladies and gents that expressed interested in my VAFs. They are now sold, pending payment. There are many VAF fans out there, which is great to see. I will miss these beautiful speakers dearly.
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