Glad I found this site! Looks like some great info here.
I've had my 6500UB up for 3 days. Some room details:
18x25 Foot, dedicated theater, 9 ft. ceiling, soundproofed, 12 ft to first row, 19 to raised second, and 133in. Da-lite Silver HC screen. PS3 is primary DVD source. Dark walls, and ceiling. IE, pitch black if wanted in the middle of the day.
I replaced a Optima HD80 with the 6500UB. I thought the HD80 looked pretty darn good. That was until I installed the 6500UB. WOW! What a difference! It's everything others have mentioned here. "Pop" seems to be a great single word to describe the images. It is SO much more vivid than my previous PJ, with Black Scale, and contrast, that the HD80 never approached. And the depth is breathtaking. That said, as others have noted it certainly does not have the "film" look that I had gotten used too with my Optima. Granted, I haven't made a single adjustment to it yet, other than playing with various pre-programed modes.
I used the same mount as the Optima, and had it dialed in way faster due to the ability to adjust more than the Optima was capable of. And with much better range of adjustment to boot. I could never go back.
For those of you who mentioned poor packaging, I can't say mine appeared to be anything to write home about, but you seem to show yours in a moving companies box. Mine came in a very nice Epson box, and was well sorted. I hadn't given it a second thought, other than it was mentioned here. I did note that the manual references some Color Mode options that are not on the projector. (HD, Silver Screen, ect.) Perhaps the price of being an early adoptor? Minor detail anyway.
The manual also says that X.V. Color gives the most "natural color reproduction when viewing movies through HDMI." I call BS. I think this mode looks like total crap. (Is that too honest for this site?) Seriously, the color is the WORST on this mode. I've tried it on a few Blueray's and it's the same. Big deal, the others look killer! Vivid is too much in my theater, but I would imagine excellent in a room with less lighting controls. So far I'm leaning toward natural, and Theater Dark 1. Once I've put a few more movies through it I will start making adjustments.
I am also very interested in all the NASA level geek speak I'm reading on this site about 4x4's and interwhatever. Since my Optima never had these options, and I'm a newbie to this stuff, It's going to be entertaining to sit back and learn from many of you. I had already messed around a bit with the 24fs on my PS3 to see if that brought a bit more "film" feel to the picture. I also have been beating my head a little trying to figure out how to turn off (and on) the inter, and 4by options mention here. For a simple person, it's not a simple as it should be. Still haven't figured that one out entirely. All that said, I keep getting engaged in the picture, and I end up sitting back and just watching rather than making many adjustments. I'm sure with a little tweeking, I will get a bit more "Film" and still have the depth, and image that is better than I could have imagined. (House of Flying Daggers on BluRay is not to be missed.)
Bottom Line, even if I had to watch it "Stock" this projector blows my HD80 out of the water. I can't wait to dial it in a bit more. Opps. I meant calibrate it.
Okay, enough of this off to watch another movie....