Greetings, fellow owners - sorry to be so late to the 5020 party!
I recently upgraded my trusty 7500UB that I bought used just over two years ago, to an almost-new 5020UBe (~370 hrs) that was bought from a fellow local Forum member earlier this month. After comparing the two PJs side-by-side (well, "top-to-bottom" since the 7500 was still ceiling-mounted) with the same source material in my dedicated media room, it was an easy decision to buy the 5020 for the great price that it was graciously offered to me. I was also fortunate that he brought his calibration gear with him to perform a complete calibration in my room, and it was dialed in quite accurately.
For the few issues that others have discussed on this thread, my convergence did not seem to have any issues whatsoever. Nor have I seen any flickering/dimming lights that has been mentioned. I do run my lamp on Eco mode and do not use the Dynamic Iris, and I'm getting right at 14 fL off my 135", 1.1 gain Elite fixed frame screen. The PJ is almost directly above the main LP, but I have a simple, removable sheet metal hush box lined with 1" studio foam
that eliminates most fan noise save for the quietest moments. I don't use the wireless HDMI feature as I already have two HDMI runs to the PJ, plus my gear is remotely located in an adjacent room so no line-of-sight is available.
For the handful of movies I've had time to watch so far with the calibrated settings, I have to say that I am nothing but impressed (and very happy) with the overall picture quality of the 5020. I thought the 7500 threw a great picture (which I still think it does quite well), but the 5020 has just taken me to the next level with its overall better performance. Details are a bit sharper, colors have a bit more "pop" (which might be due to the extra brightness), and the blacks are just a bit blacker. One big improvement I've noticed is the depth the picture now has on good transfers such as Tron Legacy
. It really draws me into the movie more than before, which is something that I don't recall experiencing before...
So hopefully I won't have any issues with the 5020 and will only be posting here with general questions, or maybe even help answer another member's question. So for now, chalk me up as a very happy 5020 owner...