Just got my 8500ub today, actually I pulled up in my driveway and there was the FedX man. I snatched it from the FedX man and ran inside, really!. The unit was cold so I let it reach room temp while I connected up the HD DVR and PS3 from there temp location. No ceiling mount ever again!!!, so with my ceiling mounted cabinet I had the unit up, connected, aligned, and focused in 3 minutes. Out the box color is superb!, I am sure there will be some people that wont change a thing. I did up the saturation by 1 maybe 2 and this pj just looks good. My number one observation is that I dont hear the Auto Iris!!!!!! I upgraded from a 6100 and the Auto Iris drove me crazy on quiet scenes, especially when I fast forwarded. Inky blacks, Inky blacks, Inky blacks. Sports center looks great with a good amount of CAN lighting. More later... Thanks Jason/Epson for the quick turn!!!!