Got my H9500BD set up in my theater last night and first impressions are holy crap this thing looks incredible ! Had some trouble though as I was planning on shelf mounting it on top of my rack where my Epson 8100 (thought I had 6100 but it is 8100, bad memory) used to be but there is no option for shelf mount. Ended up mounting it upside down on top of my rack on top of a laptop cardboard box I found in a closet and using the packing material from the PJ box and some cardboard shims managed to McGyver it into almost perfect position requiring very little vertical or horizontal lens shift ! Actually the cardboard box was perfect size as my UH380 anamorphic lens fit on there also !
I did not get my Oppo BDP 93 in the system yet so no 3D testing as of now. BluRay player for now is Sony S550 and Lumagen ProHDP video processor does the vertical stretch and other color management. The Lumagen does allow me to lower the black level even further than it already is which is really good, way better than the Epson 8100.
So last night I watched Transformers Dark of the Moon. Of course most of the movie was spent fiddling with the controls and settings, and this is not a good movie to test colors as it has a little bit "burnt" tone to most of it. However black level, contrast, and detail looked great. I tried the 2D to 3D conversion on this movie and it looked like, well...3D! No ghosting at all and really clean, I enjoyed it...
Today I wanted to try a darker Sci-Fi type movie, so I put in "Splice" 2D Bluray. It looked stunning, shadow detail was good. There is one scene where it goes to complete black, and the H9500BD got it very black, much blacker than my Epson would ever do. There is another frame where it goes to complete white, and bright white it was..Colors looked good but i did notice skin tones a little washed out, there is a "skin tone" adjustment in the color management section, the default is zero, and I ended up with it at level 4 out 5, seemed to help some...Anyway, I ended up watching the entire movie which tells you something. Settings I ended up with were Eco Mode Off, Brilliant Color On, and Dynamic Black High. This gave me the punchiest picture but not too over the top.
Couple things I noticed on set up. The dust filter you have to install, the one that comes in the box is not extra, you just remove a small panel in the back and slide it in, takes 5 seconds. The vertical lens shift is pretty small, horizontal a little better but not much. The movements are course and they do not work independent of each other, especially the vertical.
I think I'm going to leave the Lumagen in the chain for 2D, and use HDMI 2 strictly for 3D running it directly from the Oppo to the H9500BD. That way I could fully calibrate for 2D at least, although I don't have the expertise or tools required, Could hire someone..