Originally Posted by midblue
It is visible on dark scenes with white patches, such as star fields or movie credits. But maybe I'm just looking too hard for it now?
Are you sure this is "normal" though? I'd believe that it's within manufacturing specifications, but "normal" seems like a stretch. Horizontal convergence is perfect, if I use a vertical white stripe pattern there is no overlap, it's only vertical convergence where there's a problem.
Guspaz, if you're still around this thread, did you end up sending yours back?
Sorry, I never followed up on this.
I did take the 8345 back to Futureshop for a replacement. I could have mailed it to Epson, and probably got an 8350 back in exchange (+200 lumens, supposedly), but Epson only ships via Purolator, and their shipping depot is inconvenient to get to. Canada Post or UPS would have been nice.
Anyhow, the replacement model is improved, still not perfect but better. With this unit, the convergence issue is not visible on video content as it was on the previous un it, so it's good enough.
I bought a screen for my projector towards the end of March, a Da-Lite Theater-Lite, which is an 80" 16:9 portable unit with a 2.2 gain screen and a 45 degree viewing angle ("Wide Power" surface). It's a huge improvement over my bare wall, and even though it's not perfectly flat (it's a portable unit with only one telescoping bar behind the screen), it's good enough and the slight wave isn't noticeable on video content. Considering this thing cost me like $250 or so, I'm thrilled.
I've been living with this setup for the past few months now (only a month or so of use on the screen), for television watching, movie watching, gaming, etc. I'm very happy with it, and don't at all regret my decision to buy this setup instead of a 50+" samsung HDTV. I'm also a huge proponent of lens shift, even more so than I was before (more on that in a bit). In the future, I will not buy any projector that does not have lens shift, point finale. It's just too handy, allowing more flexibility in placement. In my case, it's on top of a bookshelf behind my couch (my apartment is ~360 sqft, my 80" screen is rather insane for a place this size, which is awesome), and this sort of setup would be completely impossible without lens shift and a decent amount of zoom.
This projector has also spoiled me. I work for a convention where I'm in charge of, among other things, projector purchases/management for panels, workshops, and video screenings. We own 22 projectors of varying ages, all but 2 being DLP office projectors (try finding a 4500 lumen home theatre projector for under a thousand bucks to drive a 180" screen), and only two of them have lens shift, and even though those two are actually rather crappy projectors, they're still precious just because of the flexibility they offer us in placement.
Another way in which the Epson has spoiled me is colour reproduction; I get great and accurate colour at home, but our convention projectors are terrible in that regard. I can't count how many meetings we've had where the art department has had to explain "No, really, that purple outfit on the mascot really looks red on my laptop!" or something similar.