Originally Posted by falafala
dont settle for loud iris...thats a bug too andf many of us solved it with replacement PJs.
Hey, falafala . . .
Thanks for kicking me into grear . . . the iris noise with my replacement unit was a lot louder than the first projector (that couldn't achieve good focus). So, after watching a few movies, it was obvious that the noise wasn't normal . . . it was just too loud.
I called Epson, and a second unit was shipped out. I've watched a couple of movies . . . and the iris is at least 10 times quieter than the last unit. In really quite scenes where the audio is practically non-existent, you can BARELY hear the iris do its thing. Plus, the unit has good focus and seems to work well.
The only disappointing aspect is that, while Epson said they would be sending a brand-new (not refurb) unit, there are a number of scuff marks (minor scratches) on the top of the unit ... plus another scuff mark on the right side. Also, along the horizontal seam (right side) where the white plastic top and bottom panels join there is what looks like some abrasion where someone had difficulty putting the top and bottom together without scraping the casing where it meets the bottom part of the plastic housing. It's minor damage, for sure. But, I can't figure how a new unit would look like this. Even one of the stickers on the bottom of the unit has something sticky on the face of it.
When you get a NEW replacement from Epson, the way it's packed looks exactly like a brand new unit - with all of the new looking manuals, AC cord, remote, etc. Epson instructed me to simply take the new unit from the new box, and then simply place the defective projector in the box they shipped the replacement in. They just ask that you keep all of your original accessories, and return the defective projector with all of the unopened accessories that came with the replacement. They must open up the units to removed the glasses - since both replacements were without the 3D glasses.
I think I'll simply keep this unit, even though it's a bit marked up. My only concern is that it's a refurb . . . but maybe some new units are market up from handling at the factory? Since my original purchase was within the first month when new units are promised replacements, I sure don't like the idea of a used (refurb) being sent out as new.
At least it works well . . . and one is supposed to look at the movie on the screen . . . and NOT at the projector itself (on-the-shelf) as the source of good entertainment.
The one aspect that makes me wonder about projector manufacturing in general is how different the three 3010's I've had have performed. The first - very poor sharpness. The second - great sharp image but super loud iris with 3D performance that had more ghosting than my first unit. If the iris hadn't been loud, I could live with the ghosting - not a deal breaker if the unit works well otherwise.
The 3D performance of the 2nd replacement is the best yet. I put in a couple of movies where slight ghosting was obvious with the first and second unit. This projector didn't show any - none at all! I then played a bit of Hugo (worst ghosting of any movie I own) and it still showed ghosting in a few spots where I expected to see it. But the ghosting was much less obvious.
It seems that the crosstalk / ghosting issue is something that really plays out differently - not only from one make vs. another - but even when comparing the same exact model against another of the same. These differences might be a due to various firmware versions in use, or perhaps different main boards, etc. are used in different production runs, for example.