my experience with the HD25e
Just wanted to share my experience with the HD25e. I bought this to replace my ceiling-mounted IN76 in my home theater. Because of constraints in the room, I can't mount the projector more than 10 feet from the screen (Da-lite 77324 Video Spectra 1.5 high-gain 60 x 80" pull-down).
I was able to move it back a few inches because it is substantially smaller than the old projector. At maximum zoom, it just fills the screen, which my old projector couldn't quite manage, so the throw distance appears identical to the IN76. I'm very happy with the image and with the 3D effect. It is much brighter. I wish it had an s-video input, but other than that, it has everything I need.
I recently purchased a replacement lamp on Ebay which was supposed to be an original bulb in a generic housing. The housing didn't fit the projector, almost, but not quite. I had a similar problem once with a replacement bulb housing for the IN76, so I tried what worked before, swapping bulbs and putting the new bulb in the original housing.
This didn't work. I could get the bulb out of the replacement lamp housing O.K., but I could not get the original bulb out of the original housing. I couldn't loosen some of the screws that were securing the bulb. I tried all kinds of things to make the replacement housing fit into the projector, but ran out of options, so I sent it back, a little worse for wear, and got a full refund.
So I ended up spending double the money for a replacement lamp direct from Optoma. I just didn't want to take a chance on another generic housing.
Another thing I found out in my first experience with 3D was how touchy it is, at least with my Sony BDP-S5100. I found out that if the cable was connected to my Monoprice 2x2 HDMI switch that was also connected to my non-3D Vizio HD TV, it wouldn't play 3D content, or even show 3D options in the menu of dual 2D-3D disks.
I had to run a separate HDMI cable direct from the player to the projector for 3D. I also had to bypass the HDMI inputs and outputs on my Sony STRDH510 surround amp for the same reason. It can't handle 3D signals either. So I put in a ViewHD HDMI bi-directional A-B switch to shunt the 3D HDMI signal straight from the player to the projector and used a coaxial cable to handle the sound.
Most of the time, I have the A-B switch set to run the HDMI signal through the surround amp. I only need to switch it for 3D. I also use a Philips DVP5990/F7 player because I still have tons of DVDs and a few DIVX disks as well. I like to split the load between these two players. A DVR is also connected to the same system.
One of these days, I'll probably buy a new surround amp that is HDMI 3D compatible, but for now, the system works. All I need to do now is to get the projector calibrated and get rid of the dust glob that got in there when I was trying to get that replacement lamp to fit.