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I played with one quite extensively last night (didn't have my camera so no pictures). THX mode is pretty good for primary/secondary colors out of the box, but grayscale was way off. Unlike the JVC, the Epson you can fine tune the colors and grayscale while in THX mode. However, the colors were actually slightly undersaturated, and you cannot bring them out. So after futzing with it for a while (damn learning curve) I found I needed to go into another mode (Theater Black 1) that starts with oversaturated colors, then I can use the CMS to dial them in more accurately. Takes more time, but it is more accurate. The only color I couldn't get within a dE of less than .4 (yes...POINT 4) was blue, but that was still less than dE of 1 (anything less than 3 you cannot see even if you know what you are looking for).
Long of the short for those who aren't calibrating, THX is probably the best mode to use. For those who are, you won't want to use that mode.
Physically it is the same case as the HC6500, same remote, etc... Even the box is essentially the same.