Ok got my 5020UB installed finally. Had to return first because that looked to be "Previously (ab)USED" :-) If you see my room photos, I am giving my general impressions based on those light conditions.
My setup is:
Samsung BlueRay player directly connected to the PJ with a good quality, brand new HDMI cable. Sound goes to Onkyo via Coaxial cable from BD Player.That Onkyo SR706 plus $180 Polk 5.1 set (5 yrs old) made my professional installer's head spin. He could not blv that the sound is coming from those tiny speakers
Back to PJ:1. Brightness or PJ Color Presets experience
Movies: The projector's default setting is the THX mode. Day time with some light windows? THX is too dull. Simply put, not bright enough.
Change the mode to either Dynamic or Living Room, projector is perfect but there is a problem. See #2
During nights, the room is pitch dark and the THX mode looks great.
TV: via TIVO+HD Antenna. CBS, NBC look stunning in THX mode no matter what light conditions are.
XBox Games: Same as Movies.
Roku: For Netflix but Netflix is better on XBox Netflix App.
So you see Brightness is a mixed bag. I am surely going to put blackout curtains to reduce light and improve my movie experience.2. Noise
I tested this in pin drop silence. The projector in Dynamic and Living Room modes go to Normal bulb mode and that means the noise coming out of PJ increase by about 10db (from 32 to 42db). There is a 5ft distance between my ears and the PJ. Its almost unacceptable. Its loud. Having said that, PJ in other modes is virtually silent. Great!3. Convergence
Coming to the talk of the town. Honestly, mine is not bad but I could only test to a certain extent. When my eyes refused to check pixel level details, I went back to watching movies and it was all good. There does not seem to be any tint on any side of the screen.4. FI (frame interpolation)
Fantastic effect on all the FI settings(beyond off). Movies do show more reality. But again, I don't know how much do I need that. Movies in theaters don't have it or do they? I will try it in soccer games or cricket to feel the effect. I am not happy with the fact that 3D does not have FI which I could have got with Sony HS50 which was around $600 more 5. Color
In all modes, the color is superb.
Thats for my general impressions. I have some pictures which I will load in a bit.