that's my 1st post here despite a lot of lurking during the past monts.
First of all "thank you" to people who provided valuable info about this projector.
I wanted to buy an home cinema since I re-settled in Europe (Belgium) and I was thinking of entry-level units. After a lot of reading, price study, reviews reading and showcase visits, I figured out that I was sensible to Rainbow Effect... So it let me few choices (LCD technology) and with my budget I wanted the Epson 8345. I liked the idea of lens shift because my living room setup is restrictive.
After some reading the dust filter seems to be broken and the image is just OK.
I had a budget of 1000 € but thanks to recommendations found here in the forum I understood the adage "you get what you pay". Then I bought this piece 1400€, bundled with a 92" optoma screen.
I precisely positionned my unit to be right in the middle of the screen to limit lens shift. Actually lens shift could be bad the the image and you can't do much with this unity anyway. I'm very meticulous and it was fun to use plumb-line with my wife to position the projector
Then I used SoloForce numbers for calibration. btw, thank you for sharing your numbers, your contribution to the community is great !
And the experience was outstanding ! Sometimes Greys are not very precise and I need to re-check the calibration but every time I turn on the projector => WOW !
Usually I watch Blu Rays using a PS3 and the image is cristal clear. Also I find the image interpolation very good with DVD.
I'm not playing games but I should. I'm not using 3D because calibration seems laborious and from my point of view this projector is not designed for 3D, it is a marketing speech.
So yes I'm very happy with my choice, I feel very lucky. My message here would be :"if you want to invest in an home cinema, wait, save money to get a good one".
I hope the unit won't be broken before many years...
My next step is to change my stereo 2.0 HiFi system to a dolby 5.1 one. If somebody could share a good link on an affordable/effective 5.1 system I'll be grateful.