I got one on Sunday, and through a Best Buy Magnolia locally. They had one in the showroom set up, but couldn't get the 3D to work! Still, they said they could get one for me and I could have it for a 30 - day no restock fee, no questions return, and sure enough they had one for me in 3 days!
As I've posted elsewhere (over in the shootout thread and another one, I'm repeating some of that here), I have a JVC RS40 that I got almost 2 years ago, so an early adopter for 3D projection. About 3 weeks ago it quit sending the IR signal out for 3D. I tried swapping out the emitter, but no luck. I'm just sttil under warranty, so will be sending it in as it is also starting to display other occasional glitches.
I've LOVED the JVC for 2D, I'm an older 16mm film collector, I watch a lot of black and white and pre-1980's movies. I want a "film" look, not "plasma" (just so you know where I'm coming from). My set-up, I have a dedicated basement home theater, light controlled, with a very large painted 1.1 gain screen, 12 feet wide by 68" tall. This means my 4x3 image is about 8 feet wide, my 16/9 10 feet wide, and I zoom out to the full 12 foot length for "scope" pictures, more or less constant image height. To me size matters!
I also love 3D, and I was never fully satisfied with the RS40 for that - too dim and LOTS of ghosts. So when the JVC quit sending the signal, I took it as a sign to investigate what was new on the 3D projection front. I'm currently planning on keeping my JVC for 2D if and when they fix it, and considering a second projector for 3D as some here are now doing. So it came down to this Epson and the BenQ 7000, but I'm one who sees rainbows very strongly, and when the opportunity to get one locally came up, I took the plunge.
Still in the initial impressions stage, but so far the 3D BLOWS AWAY the JVC 40.
Out of the box it looks pretty good in 2D too, but I've barely watched it for that. The JVC has a smoother picture but I'm thinking some calibration can improve the Epson to be an acceptable all-around projector for lots of folks, maybe even me. Again, I'm TORTURING this thing with a 23 foot throw onto a 12 foot wide 1.1 gain screen for scope, so the additional lumens over the JVC are very welcome even though I'm not a "plasma" guy. We watched PROMETHEUS and I honestly think this dark film looked as good as when I saw it at the theater (and I know that's not always praise, but I saw it at a pretty decent venue). My wife saw the improvement immediately, and she's not nearly as critical a viewer as I am.
Brightness aside, it's GHOSTING where this really shines - I really couldn't see ANY compared to the JVC. MONSTERS VS ALIENS bridge scene? OK, maybe just a hint but I had to really look for it. Now I know on a higher gain screen you might catch more, but honestly, I really couldn't notice it in normal viewing.
Zoom-in scene to the number 4 on the clock in the opening of HUGO? Always a HUGE ghost on my JVC on the white clock face. 5020? None.
Convergence and sharpness look good too, not quite as good as the JVC (I got a good one there first time out) and I'm not doing critical testing, but standing right up next to a white screen uniformity and pixels looks pretty solid.
Would hate the lack of power zoom and shift for day to day viewing, but as a 3D only unit, no problem, the controls are easy to use on the top of the projector at least. And the range of them for placement purposes is really wide, I set it on a shelf below my JVC and had it focused and level in 5 minutes.
The glasses are lighter than the JVC's, RF, and USB charge fully in about a half hour, really good synch lock in my theater as I walked around and tilted my head. Love the lack of IR competing with my remotes and no need to replace batteries. Plus it comes with 2 pairs, a good deal, and they are cheaper than the JVC's.
I'd have to say that for the price point, and if you are a rainbow-sighter as i am, this is looking to be the clear winner of the current batch for 3D. It CLEARLY out-performs the JVC's and perhaps the new Sony by a bit according to the folks in the shoot-out thread.
I am having terrible handshake issues with my Oppo 93, especially for 3D. I now wonder if that was the issue for the folks in the Store display as well. NEVER had one with my set-up and the JVC. I have 15 foot cables, so I don't think length is the issue.
Strangely enough, it can't get the direct link between the player and projector at all, says "incompatible" or some such language rather than "no signal", but I can eventually get it when I run it through my Sony receiver, although it is spotty even then, but I think that rules out the receiver. I have Monoprice cables, 2 years old.
I've checked, Deep Color is off on the Oppo. SO now I've ordered a new 103 and new RedMere cable. IF I still have the issue, I may have to consider returning this unit, but I hope not because this looks to be a good one image wise. But the handshake is so bad now I just couldn't live with it.
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