OK, so I late this morning I went downstairs and:
- hooked up the Sony BD player to the Epson and set it to output 1080p;
- fired up the PJ (it's so quiet!);
- ensured that it was in focus (I swear there's no pun there!
- blacked out my windows (not quite bat-cave black, but pretty dark).
The Epson's on-screen menu is really straightforward and user-friendly. I set the picture mode to "Cinema" and threw in the first demo disc: "The Police: Certifiable". As far as concert BDs go, "Certifiable" is a 10/10 for PQ (and for AQ, too). Using "Cinema" mode, I found the colours to be crisp and vibrant. Sharpness was good, blacks looked black, and contrast looked pretty similar to what I'm used to.
I cycled through the other picture options:
- "Dynamic" boosted light output and really caused things to pop. I suspect that this mode and "Living Room" would be the preferred modes for rooms w/ some amount of ambient light.
- "Natural" didn't look too different from "Cinema", while "x.v. Colour" caused everything to look a little more "drab".
Next up: "The Dark Knight", chapters 20-21 (the whole convoy scene right up to the rig flipping over). These scenes are generally quite dark, and I've always thought my InFocus could be doing a bit better with contrast. As far as I could tell, the Epson managed to at least equal it for contrast. (I can't say for certain, as I didn't A/B the clip with the InFocus, but I plan to have a look at the clip again later tonight.)
So, as far as colours, black and contrast go, I'm pretty impressed with the Epson so far. And that's straight out of the box. I didn't notice any panel mis-alignment issues (but I'll be looking more closely for that later) or any motion blur. I thought I might have detected a bit of softness in a couple of scenes on "Certifiable" but, since everything else looked sharp, it's likely that the softness was part of the source material and not the fault of the Epson. I'll be able to confirm that, too, when I A/B the two PJs.
Oh, and it turns out that the Epson does have a black-out mode, so this will make A/B-ing even easier!