Jacksonian, thanks for turning me on to this PJ! I'm VERY happy with this purchase. For the price, nothing can touch it.
I haven't had much time to play with it, and haven't calibrated it, but so far I'm very impressed. To refresh people's memories, I have a 1.1 gain 133" 16:9 Vutec Matte White screen. I was happy with my BenQ PE8700 for movies, but it was not nearly bright enough for gaming.
I tried it in various preset modes and tried Mission Impossible 3 in HD-DVD on a HD-A2, tried connecting my laptop at 1920x1080, as well as the Xbox 360 in 1080p mode. I have yet to connect it to my Verizon FiOS HD-DVR, and though it's the lowest quality signal (due to macroblocking and overcompression), I'm very interested to see how much sharper 1080i TV looks compared to the 720p output I'm used to.
First, let me say that WOW! HD-DVD is SO awesome. No visible artifacts, SUPER-sharp text and fine details, reminds me of theater sharpness (when the theater PJ is in focus). Even my WIFE said, "Wow! It's so sharp!" (Score!) Also, Gears of War looks so amazing it's not even funny. I'll be playing THAT a lot more! And my ********** downloaded 720p Heroes episodes 1-11 look pretty awesome considering; the 1080i new episodes from my HD-DVR are gonna be awesome. And hello, Superbowl party!
Now for some impressions. I found that the TW1000 in Dynamic mode is VERY bright, though blacks are quite poor and color isn't very accurate. In Living Room mode, blacks are a little better, but the colors don't seem very accurate. I like the Theater mode, though I think it needs some calibration to get better colors and better shadow detail. But in this mode, which is a balanced compromise between brightness and blacks, the blacks are noticeably blacker than my BenQ PE8700 (DarkChip 2), and the brights are WOW. I don't think I need to change to a High Power screen (not that my wife would let me). I think a slightly calibrated Dynamic mode may be great for games, even with SOME lights on, and movies will look plenty bright even in dark theater mode, though I found even on my 133" 1.1 gain screen, the Theater mode felt as bright as a plasma display.
I can't wait to play with this further. I'm going to calibrate with my Video Essentials SD DVD (until my pre-order DVE comes), and I'll do side-by-side comparisons with the PE8700. My gut reaction is that the TW1000 has MUCH better blacks and probably 2-2.5 times the brightness of the PE8700, but I'll have to do some head-to-head experiments... later. First, I'm just gonna enjoy the heck out of this thing.