My RF glasses are delayed, so got the DLP-link. Here are first impressions.
As I said before, I was super impressed with HD66-3D even though it was 720p as in 3D the resolution seemed higher. So I was curious what a true 1080p 3D would look like on HD33.
Well if 3D makes 720 look like 1080, it makes 1080 look like real life ! I was once again completely swept off with the 3D quality of this projector. The 3D settings are almost perfect right off the box as guitarman mentioned.
Because of the high resolution coming from two eyes, things looked almost real....earlier with HD66 I only could see depth but in any of the pop out scenes, I never found them pop out of my screen...they almost seemed to stop at the screen surface...but with HD33 I was delighted to see all these truly pop out . I found this has other great implications....not only did i find a lot more depth (compared to HD66) but also I could clearly see that relative depth between objects is a lot more pronounced. You could almost discern subtle differences in depth between objects making it real life (more details below)
The contrast is a way way higher than 2D and so everything looked perfect like guitarman said. The brightness is just perfect (I was worried about 3D brightness from a recent professional review where lumens looked discouraging). The ghosting is almost ZERO....it behooves a professional reviewer to call a spade a spade....if they mention cross talk for HD33 its a disservice to customers looking up to these reviewers. The color is superb in the default mode (interestingly it picks Graffics in 3D). In HD66, I was never quite satisfied with all these aspects but was willing to look past these owing to minimal crosstalk. But once I saw HD33 3D, the HD66 3D looks crappy and I wonder how I enjoyed it....I am spolied
Few things I noticed with DLP-liknk on HD33 vs HD66 are
a) HD66 looked washed out without glasses as it used whitesync-frame, but HD33 seems to have address this by using a red-sync-frame? Can someone confirm that their 3D image looks reddish without glasses by looking ar dark portions of the scenes that would look red w/o glasses ? While the glasses remove most of the red frames, I do feel that overall image with glasses is slightly reddish...especially in dark portions.
b) HD66 would lose sync in bright scenes.., I am glad to report that HD33 didnt lose sync in many cases that I saw it happen before on HD66 (.may be because of the red-sync-frame)
c) HD33 never swapped L and R frames so far...unlike HD66 where it would happen 50% of the time
overall this is good news for DLP-link glasses and us as they are cheaper....except that I would like fellow owners to confirm that Item "a" above is what they see too.
some sample scenes I watched:
1) Legends of Guardians: one word WOW ! the owls looked so much more real in 1080p-3D...the rain scene is simply superb...you almost feel drenched in rain. If there is one movie you have to see in 3D, this is the one. This movies has almost every scene in night time or dusk with a lot of blacks....all of which looked awesome with super high contrast.
2) Tangled: This movie is brighter and more colorful and has some high contrast scenes ("flower and the witch", "when they are drowning", "floating lamps") and HD33 never showed any sync issues or any ghosting. The "floating lamps" scene is very dark and HD66 had most of the details washed out even with the glasses...HD33 thrilled me with awesome contrast and brightness that allowed me to see very fanint details in this scene. Overall this scene alone is worth the movie, 3D is thrilling with reflections on the water in the night etc !
3) Open Season: Hated this movie in 2D, but was awestruck when i watched in 3D on HD66....but felt that the picture quality was just not right. With HD33, I was just amazed how good the movie looked in 3D and everything is just perfect. The 1080p literally yanked you into the other world. The layers of depth are the best seen in this movie with background mountains, trees, grass etc. The flood scene with an ultimate drop off at the water fall will put you on the edge of the seat and makes you wonder if you got drenched along with the characters.
4) Legends of Flight: This movie has some amazing 3D visuals where some planes are flying with mountains in the back. Guys dont miss out on this one if you like to feel like soaring in mountains on HD33. There are some scenes I literally pulled my stomach in as the nose of some planes jutted out of my screen, lest the rotating blades will touch me.
5) Despicable Me: colors look just amazing and HD33 kicks HD66 in the but in the sharpness and colors more so in this movie. The roller coaster ride will surely make you feel invigorated !
In summary, even movie theaters do not come close to HD33 in delivering true 1080p 3D and I am SOLD !