I saw it at Electrograph's show in So Cal. Oh my! It's like a revelation every time I see it. The image had a 3D quality I normally associate with a high end 3-chip DLP that has been calibrated. Some of the comments people made while I was standing at the tent:
"It's a 3-chip (DLP), right?"
"Is this Samsung's new 1080p projector?"
"I don't like these projectors that cost over 10k. Real people can't afford them." (sorry, dude, but it's not even close)
stef2 - yes, you did interpret my post correctly. Any good DC3 projector will have an edge in black levels, and potential contrast, but not necessarily in shadow detail, as noted by Mountaineer. After seeing the 710 again, I have to say the black levels are better than any HD2+ pj I've seen, possibly better than some DC3 models. Even better is how TRUE the blacks and grays are. Not a hint of color, unless it's in the source material that way.
jkirk - I asked Joe Kane your question for you! Apparently, this was the first product Samsung has released that wasn't initiated by the marketing department. It was actually developed and released before the marketing department even knew it existed. Now they don't know how to market it. He also said everything that bubbawilly pointed out in his post. AND - I'm sure AVS could source it, or do a power buy with TVAuthority. (hint, hint, hint)
Kris Deering - If you like this projector calibrated, you should see it out of the box. The first one I saw was pulled straight from a sealed box and looked better than most calibrated projectors I have seen. Uncalibrated, it is never more than 10% off of 6500k at any point along the grayscale ramp. Calibration brings it under 5% variance at any point. Those are the numbers Joe Kane was throwing out, at least.
I've never seen the H79 and the SP-H710AE side-by-side, with the same source. That would be the only way to draw a proper comparison. However, I did get to see the H79 at a trade show. The 710 seems to have more "depth" to the image and more accurate colors, while the H79 (as I remember) would have a slight edge in black levels. They are both excellent representatives of their TI chips. If price were no object, it would be a tough choice, but I'd still go with the Samsung. Factoring in price, it's Samsung all the way.
I still love my Brillian 720p RPTV, but I'm trying to decide if I can a) fit a 100" - 110" screen above it, and b) how I can get the wife to understand the need for an even larger display...