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Yes GeorgeAB, great comments on the importance of the viewing environment.
I was able to see this projector on the Home Theater Cruise last October. While the viewing environment was not optimal, it was still very interesting as Joe Kane demonstrated the difference between the NTSC (SMPTE_C) and ATSC (HD) color space options. While very subtle, selecting the right color space brings out the last bit of color resolution. Joe used the "restaurant" scene from DVE Professional (also found on DVE), and the additional color detail in food and the faces was a noticeable improvement.
Joe also put up some gray scale patterns, and it was interesting to see what a difference accurate D65 color temp makes at the lowest black levels. Most display devices have a noticeable shift in color temp below 30 IRE (e.g., the black looks blueish, reddish or greenish), but the Samsung stayed accurate down to absolute black. My impression was that this made the blacks appear blacker than they really were such that the perceived contrast ratio appeared greater than the actual contrast ratio.
Finally, the absolutely smooth appearance of the image and the integrity of the colors made this my favorite of all the projectors we saw (and they were in the $10,000 to $40,000 price range).
My two cents is that if you want a projector that produces artificially-sweetened eye-candy that explodes off the screen with blown-out, bluish whites, and over saturated colors, this is not the projector for you. If, however, you want the most accurate image available in this price range, this is the only way to go.
I've got one on order and can't wait to run it through its paces.