There were only 13 hours on the Epson 6010 when I got it. I'm not sure how much more "breaking in" it might go through. Overall, though, I've probably gotten a pretty good feel for it. IMO, Epson has done a really good job with 3D on this projector. If ghosting is at or near the top of your list of qualities that make a good 3D display, you're really going to like it. I think I must be extremely sensitive to ghosting compared to most other people, because I usually see it where other people say they don't. I can see ghosting on the Epson, but it's very, very minor. It doesn't match the two DLP displays I've seen (Mits DLP rear projector and Acer 5360 projector), but I'd rate it above all the rest (JVCs, Panasonic and Samsung plasmas, various 3D LCDs from all the major manufacturers). It may not best a couple of LG passive LCD displays that I've seen, but generally speaking I don't care for 3D on those sets for a variety of other reasons, and if you get too far off axis they can ghost like crazy. The Epson does very well in both "white ghosting" (light objects overlapping dark backgrounds) and "black ghosting" (black objects against very light backgrounds). On most displays, it's one or the other, but Epson seems to have found a way to do justice to both. Franky, I found that surprising. I expected the light on dark ghosting problems I've seen on just about every other LCD display I've watched.
Ironically, I saw telltale ghosting in gray on gray overlapping areas (Monsters vs Aliens, the large chamber where Susan meets her fellow monsters for the first time - in the walls). Again, it was minimal, and most people probably wouldn't notice, but I thought it strange that this scene would ghost a tiny bit on the Epson, while I can't recall seeing it ghost in the least on other displays.
I agree with Jason about the Epson glasses. They're very comfortable and light, they sync up easily, and they seem color neutral and bright. I also had a chance to do a direct A/B comparison with a pair of the new Sony PlayStation 3 universal glasses. I didn't spend much time doing it, but to me that appeared the same. The Sony glasses are only $50, so about half of what the Epson glasses cost. The Sony glasses also synced with my Samsung LCD display, and just as effortlessly. I couldn't get the Epson glasses to sync with my Samsung, so I'd be much more inclined to buy Sony glasses as extras.
I watched equal amounts of 3D in 3D Cinema mode and 3D THX mode (the 6010 has this, while the 5010 does not). 3D Dynamic mode's colors were far too off for my taste. I'm sure Jason has tweaked those odd colors to get something much more accurate. I couldn't. But I didn't need the extra light of dynamic mode anyway.
As a matter of fact, I was getting plenty of light in THX mode on my 110" HP 2.8 gain screen. Much more and the black levels would have been too high for my taste. I had 3D brightness set to medium, although low also worked on my screen at this point in the lamp's life (i.e. brand new). I tried high, medium and low, and medium had really good brightness without any serious ghosting. The iris is not active in 3D mode, of course, but I really didn't feel a need for it.
It's always buyer beware when relying on other peoples' opinions, but...
I believe that people who are happy with LCD projector technology are going to pleased as punch with the Epson. It's 3D is really, really good. IMO, ghosting is not an issue on this projector - plain and simple. You can find it, but unless you go looking, it never blatantly calls attention to itself like the JVC RS45 does, or like both my Samsung displays do. Color is very good out of the box, as is shadow detail (especially in THX mode). Sharpness is not quite the equal of my RS45. (It's a tiny bit soft on the right side, though convergence is generally very good.). It has manual controls for zoom and focus, but that wasn't a problem, since I don't have a CIH screen. It just took a couple of minutes to set it up.
The Epson's weak area, IMO, is LCD's weak area in general when you compare it to the JVC - contrast. I'm absolutely spoiled by the deep, rich contrast of the JVC, for 2D and 3D. It's not just black level that sets the JVC apart. When in 2D mode, the Epson's iris closes altogether, so the screen is as black as it can possibly get, but IMO a dynamic iris can't match the JVC's incredible native contrast. It's the JVC's ability to show really white whites on the screen at the same time as really deep blacks that makes it so special. It sparkles! The Epson simply can't do that. As a result, it's 3D is never going to be as rich and deep as the JVC's. In comparison, it looks flatter. The scenes that come to mind are ones from the interior of Galaxar's ship, especially Susan's glittering suit, and her fellow monsters' shiny bodies. Even in bright scenes, though, the JVC's contrast makes such objects "pop" dramatically against their backgrounds. In terms of contrast, the Epson 6010 is to Jessica Alba as the JVC RS45 is to Jessica Alba wet. But that's not all 3D is. In terms of ghosting, the Epson 6010 is to Jessica Alba as the JVC RS45 is to Jessica Alba with a sack over her head.
The one movie that surprised me was "The Universe: Seven Wonders of the Solar System." I thought this would be a no-brainer win for the JVC. Because of the numerous space shots, the JVC can look spectacular, even if there are several instance of "dark ghosting." But the Epson really surprised me here. Probably, it's a matter of it's being primarily animation, but I thought the Epson held up very well in terms of contrast in this production. The blacks were very satisfying, and I noticed no instances of those horrible "white ghosts" of planets and stars against the inky blacks of space. I may not have had as many "OMG that's friggin incredible" moments like I did with the JVC, but there was never a single "OMG that's awful" moment, either.
We all keep saying the same thing - with 3D it's pick your poison. There's no perfect 3D display at this point. For those scenes when it's good, the JVC's 3D is phenomenally good. IMO, the 6010 doesn't hold a candle to the RS45 in dark scenes, in terms of 3D or 2D. For movies with many bright scenes (with "dark ghosting"), the JVC's 3D is just plain torture to watch. I can't say the same for the Epson. It's very good 3D in just about every scene I watched. I never once felt like cursing at the screen as I've found myself doing with the RS45.
I haven't watch much 2D so far - a few clips from movies and episodes of Fringe. It's definitely a different experience than watching on the JVC, but it was quite good. IMO, it's a definite improvement over my Panasonic AE4000. It's iris is non-intrusive, but since my head was about a foot away, I could hear it. In a normal mounting position, it simply wouldn't be a problem. When a scene fades to black, the iris closes completely, so there's no light from the projector hitting the screen at all. It's be a matter of taste, of course, but after seeing the JVC's native contrast without an iris, I'm not terribly impressed by auto irises in general. I don't particularly care for the auto iris on my Panny, and it can be almost seizure inducing at times (a bit of an exaggeration, but in some movies I really don't like it).
It holds its own very well with the RS45 in bright scenes, as expected. I think its frame interpolation is better than the Panasonic's, and the JVC's. I watched a bit on low, but most on normal (the middle setting). Motion on the high setting looked too artificial. What I didn't see was the strange "mosquito noise" type artifacts on edges that I get with FI on the Panny. I think I could learn to live with it for some content. That's more than I ever said about the RS40, or the Panny, or my Samsung flat panels.
I'm leaning toward keeping this projector, though I want to give it another day, and more different types of content, before I decide for sure. If nothing else, it will widen my perspective. For critical viewing in 2D, it's defintiely going to be a JVC. That will be my RS40, since if I keep the Epson, it will be in trade for my RS45. 3D on the RS40, IMO, is superior to 3D on the RS45, though in terms of ghosting, the Epson still wins easily. JVC took a big step backward this year, instead of improving their 3D.
I wonder sometimes how decisions are made in these corporate environments. Does JVC do focus groups in which they ask viewers what they think, or is it just a bunch of engineers in dorky glasses doing math and hoping for the best? And how much is left up to clueless marketing reps, who design charts and graphs that show why their technology is so much better than the competition, but without feedback from actual users?
Anyway, I don't have measurements to give you - just opinions, and long-winded ones at that.