Okay.. Spent some time with the 9500 tonight after a long day of working in the basement. Some thoughts:
- Kraine was spot on with regards to video noise and BC being turned on. I did not notice it as much the first time I played with the settings, but I noticed a scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Blu-Ray (it is the scene where Hagrid arrives on his motorcycle in the beginning) and it was a mess of digital noise. Also watched some of the scenes in Empire Strikes Back Blu-Ray with BC on and noticed the video noise on the same scene that Kraine pointed it out on in his review. So BC gets turned off for sure. I am really surprised Art did not notice the digital noise in his review with BC on.
- I spent considerable time with the iris settings on off, medium, and high. I have to say that I am happy with medium. I noticed some minimal pumping effects but it is not very frequent and I do like the additional contrast so it is worth the tradeoff. On high, it is definitely more noticeable and I noticed a few scenes where blacks were being crushed a tad. Off still looks quite good, but I will stick with medium for now.
- I liked Accumotion for 3D, and set it off for 2D, but it actually is not bad on low for 2D, and I am not one to turn on motion for 2D Blu-Ray. But no higher than low for me or it feels a little too processed.
- DLP is definitely a little less forgiving on movies with heavy grain than LCD. I am sure you can adjust some of this out, and it does not bother me so much, but I am sure some people will feel that DLP is a little bit harsh with grain heavy movies vs LCD and most likely LCOS.
- Watched 30 minutes of Kung Fu Panda in 3D tonight on the Acer. Jaw dropping. Really good depth and contrast in 3D. What a blast. I compared the 3D Heaven Glasses to the Acer Glasses and the True Depth rechargeable glasses and I definitely prefer the Acer and True Depth. Better contrast, a little more pop on the colors. That said I got a pair of the 3D Heaven glasses pretty cheap so they are keepers for guests and kids. They did not look bad, but the other two glasses were better. So I will most likely buy two more pairs of True Depth rechargeable or the Acers for the adults and use the 3D Heaven glasses for guests and kids. Pretty much a wash between the Acer and the True Depth's for me.
- Watched Cars 2 on the Acer for about 30 mins in 2D and the picture, for me, was noticeably better than the Epson 3010 that I owned (going from memory). The dark scenes in the beginning (with Finn Mcmissle sneaking onto the barge at night) have great contrast and the pop is definitely noticeable on colors. Black looks pretty black to me
- Very happy with this choice. The menu system, for me, is the biggest pain, pretty klunky and I wish Acer gave us a true CMS.
- That said, I am happy with the color accuracy. As Kraine posted, you can get pretty close to 6500, and I think you would have to have a really well trained eye to notice any color issues.
- I played with the 2D to 3D conversion for about 15 minutes and it is noticeably better than what Panasonic gives you in their 3D BD players (I have the 210). I am not totally sold on converting movies from 2D to 3D, but I played around with a couple of movies and it is pretty decent. Especially for animated movies (I threw in Meet The Robinsons 2D Blu-Ray, and Tron in 2D Blu-Ray).
On a side note, I have been talking to one of my neighbors who sits on the HOA board with my wife. I stopped by his place and he has a dedicated theater room with an Optoma HD20, a 106" screen, and some Polk in-wall speakers. He is ready for an upgrade as he really did not know what he was doing when he bought his gear the first time. We talked for awhile about home theater and he is going to bring in three PJ's this week to demo in his room:
- Sony HW30
- Optoma HD3300
- Panasonic 7000
He is also going to upgrade his screen to 120", get a new Denon receiver and is most likely replacing his Polk's with Triad Gold speakers and a pair of Epik subwoofers after talking to me (I love audio as well as video).
I am going to checkout all three projectors and may bring the Acer with me so I can do some comparisons, but his and my time is limited so hopefully can squeeze the Acer in. Wish I had this guys cash right now (Triad speakers will be my next big audio upgrade).