I'm upgrading from the Mits HC3000U 720p DLP, a first-rate projector even by today's standards. Before that I had a Panny AE700U. I never thought I'd be going back to an LCD, but boy is the AE3000U miles ahead from the AE700U! Anyway, I connected the AE3000U to my PS3 via the Onkyo SR705. HDMI cables of course. My current screen is a 106" 16:9 Da-Lite High Power, which I love. I plan to go 2.35:1, just don't know what screen yet. My room is fully light controlled.
Fired up the PJ and adjusted focus and zoom, then centered the image. Right away I could see the image pop off the screen. Great detail just looking at the PS3 XMB and background. Sharpness is not a problem with this PJ. It compares favorably with what I'm used to with my 720p DLP.
I tried the following Blu-rays: Iron Man, DVE, Cars, and some 1080p trailers. I'm blown away by the PQ; just awesome. Rich colors, great shadow detail, great contrast, excellent blacks, and great detail. The image has a real depth to it, almost 3D for a lack of a better term. I could only make the pixel structure out from when I walked up to the screen, about a foot away.
I tried Dynamic and found it pretty useless, even for gaming. The picture is too bright and washed out. I agree with those who've said Cinema 1 is a little dim. And I have a High Power screen. However, Cinema 2 looked perfect to me as far as accurate colors and greyscale. I'm no expert, but know what an accurate image should look like. Normal mode is bright and punchy w/o being washed out; good for screens with lower gain.
The focus, zoom, and lens shift controls are easy to use. I only wish the focus and zoom were available via the remote. It's great to have the long zoom and lens shift with the AE3000U as I had to live with a short zoom and no lens shift on my Mits HC3000U.
Next I checked for issues. There are minor convergence issues in the bottom left and bottom right, some blue fringing ... see pics below
. You see them up close only, about 2ft away from the screen. I don't see any convergence issues with any actual movie/program, even when I walk to the screen. Not sure if this is a problem to worry about or not as this is my first 3LCD. No dust blobs, so that's a relief.
The only issue of real concern is I may
have is a dead pixel, which would bother me. When I had 'Iron Man' on, I could see the bluish speck, but I couldn't see any speck with anything else. Anyone have a suggestion on how I can check if there really is a dead pixel or not.
I tried the PJ's blue and black blackgrounds, but don't see anything with those.