Have been using my 8350 for a week now, it was a replacement for my Optoma HD70. I have to say, right out of the box, the colors are better, the screen is brighter, the blacks are MUCH blacker, and it is easily viewable in my living room with muted daylight coming in the windows. The contrast ratio is crazy good, the colors seem to be perfect and the resolution mind-blowingly crisp. Watched Blue Ray Avatar on it first night. Stunning.
Only a few minor issues:
1- the thing is a beast. I've had smaller luggage. Did miniaturization technology take a giant leap backwards? I went ahead and mounted it on the same mounting from the HD70, and it hasnt come crashing down just yet. Waiting for a catastrophe.
2- Switching between channels that are HD vs non-HD channels, it takes just a tiny bit longer to re-adjust the image (internally), and I don't seem to find a setting to store different aspect ratios for different resolution inputs; so they all run essentially at native, which means your non-HD channels will show up much smaller.
3- the S-video input seems to be kinda buggy with our Wii. Some screens give it what appears to be white lines on the vertical edges of the screen, sometimes worse, some times better. Not a really big issue, but just curios what that might be caused by.
Overall, if you are reading this thread wondering whether or not to get one of these (I got mine from Vis Apex for 1199)- go for it! Just be sure to have something beefy to mount this monster to, or a coffee table or shelf strong enough to hold an anvil.