Been a long day.. But not long enough to unpack this (bring on the projector porn):
Nice packaging job by Acer. I like the carrying case and they included an HDMI cable with the projector which is a nice touch.
I set up the 9500 in my livingroom (my basement is still be finished which is where the projector will end up). I used the same wall that I projected the Epson 3010 on to (wall is a light grey/green color). I projected onto a 120" diagonal area from about 13.5' and sat just behind the projector.
My initial notes/thoughts (I spend about an hour and half with it):
- Contrast really is good. Best blacks I have ever owned on a projector. Noticeably better than the Epson 3010 (which I had for about 4 weeks). With the dynamic iris set to medium, I did not notice any yo-yo or pumping effect in my limited viewing. I was concerned about this and pretty relieved that this does not appear to be an issue for me.
- Very sharp image, but not too sharp for me. Colors really pop and the higher contrast plus the sharpness make for a very strong DLP image. With bright color engaged, this thing really pops (I chose dark cinema mode). I turned bright color off and the image was more natural looking. So it depends on your tastes.
- I watched segments of three movies on Blu-Ray: Tron Legacy, Toy Story, and Tangled in 3D. My other concern besides the iris with this projector was the color accuracy, and I am happy to say that even in the default modes, I did not find this to be an issue. Once I log about 50-75 hours on the lamp, I will spend some time calibrating and will try and get the colors closer to 6500, but honestly, I don't think this will be an issue for many folks at all.
- I did not observe (neither did my wife) any RBE, but we have owned DLP before (4x color wheel) and we had no issues previously with RBE.
- Outside of a delay, I did not have issues going from 2D to 3D and then back to 2D. The switch between modes was not snappy (there was a noticeable delay) but it worked. I don't see an issue here for me, unless there are many more 3D channels in the future and I switch between 3D and 2D constantly.
- 3D. Another concern I had with this PJ was brightness. I am happy to report that this projector puts out a very clean and nice 3D picture. It is not as bright as the 3010, but I did not find the image too dim using the Acer glasses on my 120" wall from roughly 14' back. Considering my screen will have more gain than the wall I am projecting on, I don't see this being an issue. Although we will see when the bulb dims, but for folks in the 125" and below range, I think this projector will be fine, and if you have a high gain screen, even better. Watched about 30 minutes of Tangled and was very happy with the 3D image. Nice colors, good brightness, and good black level even in 3D. Zero ghosting.
How I think it stacks up to the 3010:
Pros. Noticeably better black levels, and an overall more dynamic image with that DLP pop. Dynamic Iris and CFI in 3D mode. This will come in handy for 3D sports. I liked the glasses better (the Epson's felt a little big and bulky). Lens shift is a nice feature to have.
How it compares (to me) to the 3010:
Cons. The Epson is brighter in 3D. The Epson is a better looking projector (physically). The Acer is not ugly, but the Epson, to me, is a better looking case and I like the lens in the center of the projector. The Epson was slightly more quiet. I would not say the Acer is too loud, but my Epson was near silent and I could slightly detect the Acer.
I will watch some sports on the Acer soon and share my thoughts, but this is a keeper for me. I can honestly say I am glad I returned the 3010 for the Acer. In my opinion, for 2D, the Acer is clearly superior and 3D is kind of a wash against the 3010 (Epson being brighter, the Acer having better black level and has CFI and enough brighness to satisfy me). But since about 90%+ of my viewing is 2D, the Acer wins out easy.
Will post more thoughts as I can, but I am in full build mode in my basement, so my projector viewing time will be limited