Here are a couple photos of the ALCS game last night. The pictures for some unknown reason are looking a touch desaturated compared to the actual projector image which has some very vibrant colors. I intentionally over exposed one of the images. Still need to seriously calibrate the projector, there are many menus of adjustment. I'm sure that once the settings are dialed in it will be even better.
The projector is very sharp these pictures don't really it justice. The contrast to me is much better then the 8350 despite the 40k contrast number being lower. Without having an 8700 in the same room I couldn't say with any confidence that it is better then that projector.
The room this is in has lite grey walls and a white ceiling. Which is definitely not the optimal test environment, I compensated as best I could for the light walls with the HCCV screen.
In this environment for me I believe the 8700 or even 5010 would be a waste of money. My personal opinion is that the contrast is very competitive unless you're in an extremely dark theater room, and you're the person that's obsessed with contrast ratios. I much prefer the brightness that will allow for a table lamp to be on without washing out the image completely. 99% of the people that come over to watch a movie will be impressed. If the 3010 is as good as what I'm seeing, the 5010 will be even better. Though at double the price its hard for me to justify it, especially after seeing the 3010's picture quality.
The projector is very bright these pictures were taken in cinema mode. Dynamic mode out of the box is like looking at the sun. In dynamic mode even with all the table lamps in the room on, the screen is easily viewable with very watchable contrast.
In 3d mode the projector somehow gets even brighter. So bright that at one point I had to turn down the brightness even with the 3d glasses on. I had a few people over last night that were very impressed with the 3d quality. I specifically asked that everyone study the image for any type of crosstalk. No one could spot anything. They did say that in both 2d and 3d the image had a lots of depth and looked like the image was going to pop off the screen.
Unfortunately my blu-ray player started acting up and not reading disc's correctly. I'll be picking up a PS3 for 3d movies and games fairly soon. I don't currently own any 3d content or player other then, a couple Xbox games. However from what I've seen I'm very impressed with the 3d for gaming. Hopefully the cable company will get its act together and start offering more cable content for all these 3d TV's and projectors that are being sold to us consumers.
Also, I am one of the people that can pick up on the rainbow effect very easily. So a DLP for me was not an option. The Optoma was nice but I prefer the image of the Epson as well as their customer service.