thanks darinp for the link.
Now this makes my decision much easier. Here I come RS25 (I know the RS15 is closer in price, but I figure I might as well go all out), and goodbye Epson. What makes me right off the 8500?
1. Only 10% better contrast in usable modes like Theatre, and natural. The ridicioulous 200 000:1 is for the most Dynamic mode alive which is unusable for movie watching.
2. Again the damn IRIS is just as LOUD. This is a quote from Cine "Noise-sensitive home cinema fans will disturb themselves at this audible screen mechanics" they are talking about the IRIS and yes I am one of the ones that will disturb themselves.
3. I doubt the quality control has improved at all. Im on my second 6500 unit and it's already frakked. There are some users on the 6500 forum that have gone through more the 5 units!
4. People interested in Epson are better off buying the 6500 now with the crazy deals going around!
I know it sounds like Im bashing Epson (kinda am), but the 6500 for the money does put out a really good picture, but be prepared to go through a love hate relationship as you call Epson for your replacement. I still prefer the Epson picture to the BenqW5000, SOny Pearl, and Sony VW60.
Also be warned that if you are sensitive to IRIS noise and your projector is close to your seating position. DO NOT BUY THE EPSON. The noise will drive you crazy!