Finally got my 8700ub. SO glad the Acer H9500BD has limited placement options.
When I turned on the 8700ub, it didn't look so great. Then I make a few adjustments (Theater Black 2, color temp, super white, etc), and wow, it POPPED! So clear, so vivid, my wife noticed it too and was in awe. She was saying it was leaps and bounds over our old Panny AE-1000u. My wife was raving about the blacks and dark scenes. It was so difficult to watch dark scenes on the Panny, but not this beast. Sports looked awesome, even my wife was asking to see how certain sports she doesn't care about look.
Then I turned on Frame Interpolation to high and we both almost shed a tear (in joy!). We FINALLY feel like we got what we wanted in a PJ: a PJ to give us a picture like that of our Samsung LED TV, but on a larger scale.
Very, VERY happy so far.