There is an amazing jump in quality when playing blu-rays through my 500es as opposed to hdtv or tv recordings and rips. This projector rewards higher bitrates and quality mastering no doubt. Picture on blu-rays (like Lucy, Oblivion, Interstellar and others) is so good it sometimes makes me feel like I've discovered the Holy Grail. Then I turn on a TV show I've missed, bitstarved 720 or even bitstarved 1080p and I'm let down- but it's the quality of the quality of the source. So many compromises are made to HDTV bitstreams, some channels more than others, that the overcompression from the Cable Company seems to carry into even more compression from a recording or rip source.
Of course, it has me buying a lot of TVshows on Blu-ray so that I can watch my "stories" and have my jaw drop at the quality of the pic at the same time.