My 3010 was finally delivered last night. Took me no more than 5 minutes to unpack and place it on the back wall shelf, upside down (replaced 8350). NBA was on cable and the image looked very good right away with no adjustments (Cinema mode). I did take out the WOW disk and adjusted a bit, but it didn't need much.
I have to say, I think the 3010 looks better or at least as good as the 8350. Maybe my particular 8350 didn't focus as well as it should, but the 3010 looks sharper (I can see text better in WOW sharpness screen).
I am using a 120" High Contrast Gray 0.8 gain screen, so I think that really helps with black levels and with 3010 being a brighter projector, the picture to me looks better.
The images do not seem grainy and I don't see pixels. I also do not hear the iris at all (the projector is 3-4 feet above my head). I am using Cinema and Eco mode. I checked the convergence screen and while it is not perfect, I see the red line maybe 1/2 a pixel to the right of others, but from 12 feet, it looks good.
Decided to try 3D (I have the panasonic player and Avatar). At first, just could not get it to work, came coming up in 2D. Changed the panasonic to side by side and the image came up side by side, but of course I realized that is not what I want. Full HD is the right setting, but it wasn't clear, it says to use it for 2D, so was confused a bit, but finally figured it out. I am using a 15 foot monoprice (not high speed) cable from a few years ago and a monoprice HDMI splitter (I have a plasma and projector and only one HDMI out). I was afraid it was the old cable, but turned out to be the HDMI splitter. I connected the projector directly to my receiver (Denon 891) and 3D started working. I then put the HDMI splitter back in, and it continued to work. What i figured out is that if HDMI splitter is there when I start the blu ray, it does not recognize 3D, but if I use it after 3D is recognized, it seems to work fine. Strange. Ordered the new 3D HDMI pro splitter from monoprice for $50, which looks just like my old one, just with 3D (I guess the old one is going to be posted for sale soon), so that should solve this issue, I hope.
I watched Avatar a bit with both Epson glasses and PS3 glasses. They seem about the same, not much difference. The PS3 glasses are large and I seem to get a slight reflection of what is behind me in the lower side of the lenses. When movie started though, I forgot about it, so maybe not a big deal.
I was worried that 0.8 gain would be an issue, not sure about that yet though. Avatar is a dark movie, but seemed just fine. It will take some time to adjust to watching 3D movies at home on a large screen. Will have to rent another 3D movie to make sure.
Overall, pretty happy so far (mostly that I don't have any obvious issues). But I only spent a couple of hours with it. Will try a few more disks later tonight.