Sorry I have not had a chance to get back here until tonight. I did not get home from work until 6pm last night and I have two little rugrats at home that need some daddy time.
I am flat out impressed with the Epson. I have heard complaints that it was dim but that has not been my experience. Yes the filter modes are dimmer than the non ones but the color and black level are flat out impressive.
So far I have tried out the xvColor mode with the the PS3. Coming from an out of date DLP, the Epson flat out floors that model. Contrast and black level is not issue in my setup. It is a full underground basement (no walkout) which is nearly completely light controled.
I am going to post some pics of the unboxing and setup.
I was not sure if I was going to like the mount that Epson included but after deciding to use I think I made the right decision. I could faintly see PremierMounts printed on the mount. I had to remove the extension arm since the unit was being installed in a low ceiling room, 7.5'.
The biggest challenge I had was on Wednesday/Thursday night when I tried to fish the new 25' Monoprice HDMI cable. I did not run any conduit when I finished the room a little over two years ago because I thought I had easy access to the joist space. Well I should have because the joist space I needed to run in was busy with duct work. The HDMI cable although thick was too flimsy and the end was bulky which got caught on things which should have been a straight shot. In the end, some 12ga romex that I had left over ended up being my guide.
I fired up the PJ at 10:30 last night and here is what some wanted to know.
-- Low is fairly quiet but it does ramp up occassionally. I think my ceiling gets warm from the duct work in joist space near where the PJ is mounted and my Onkyo 805 puts out a lot heat
Brightness. Flat out quiet compared to the jet engine sharp with color wheel whine.
-- Vivid is definitely brighter but it skews towards the green spectrum. Dimmer in the Epson Cinema filter modes but in my environment. Dimmer is still enough for my lowend GW screen. I am happy with Epson Cinema filter modes.
-- With 1080i/p feeds it looks pretty sharp, but I am sure single chip DLP still is the best in this regard. I got close and the convergence seemed good, but I did not get overly anal about last night.
Color out of the box
-- Excellent, light years better than my old yellow green DLP
Light spill that shines out of the box
-- None from my seating position. Plus my ceiling is painted a very dark blue so I don't think I would notice a little light spill. My room is a dark merlot with a dark blue ceiling. The lightest thing in the room is the faux wood flooring.
Even my wife said to me today that usually when I bring something new home she can't tell the difference, but this HD projector is a definite improvement.
I will try to post some pics in the near future.
The 1080UB was definitely more bright and had more detail in low light level scenes compared to the Home 1080 I saw at my local Ultimate last week, but in comparison I think that unit was throwing on 133" screen compared to my 92" and I don't know how many hours the Home had on it compared to my new bulb.