I setup the 8000 last night. I don't hear anything high pitched at all, but again my ears wouldn't pick it up. My 2 year old and my 5 year old didn't hear anything either though, nor did my wife - so I think ours doesn't make any high pitched sound.
I did the convergence test here:
perfect... Not one pixel off on any of the colors that I can tell. I'm just projecting on a painted wall until my screen comes in, but if it isn't perfect - it's so darn near I don't care.
It is a better picture than the Epson 8350, and better blacks, but it isn't a blow out. My wife said it looked a little bit better, than the old one, but the upgrade in picture alone wasn't worth the price she said. I'm not sure I'm in agreement. It is probably a 20-30% improvement in picture quality if I had to try to put numbers around it. The auto transition between 16x9 and 1.778 is nothing short of SWEET! I love that function and that alone probably makes this projector a winner. The other point of note is that the black bars on the top and bottom are GONE in 2.35:1 mode even in my room with white tile ceilings. The Epson's bars were easily seen when zoomed into 2.35:1 mode. So that's a huge difference. I'm not sure if the projector is blocking that light output with a shutter or what - but you would never be able to tell you were over zoomed in to achieve the 2.35:1 mode even without velvet treatment. That's really nice. The projector is seemingly very high quality made, everything reeks of quality compared to the Epson 8350. I had a lot of quality issues with my Epson 8350, I was on my fifth RMA after buying one new from bestbuy. Therefore I never felt very comfortable recommending that model. My friend carp was on his sixth one. By contrast this projector seems like a high end Cadillac. It has th.e ability to do the 'soap opera' effect using mode 1, mode 2, or mode 3. I kind of enjoy that effect. My wife hates it. It's the same smoothing that occurs on a modern HDTV where the actors look too real and it looks like home movie filmed on a set rather than a movie. Luckily for some you can turn it off in the menus, but again - I like it. I like mode 1 the best so far, which is the lightest integration of the smoothing, and the default shipping mode on my projector. Text looks better on this projector than on my Epson 8350, so that's nice since I use it a lot as a desktop screen for browsing and casual computer use. The focus is better, and adjusted by the remote which is nice. You don't have to get out of your chair!
I watched Gravity in 3d last night and wasn't that impressed with the 3d. It's cool, but still gimmicky and I'm not sure I have it setup properly yet - at least I hope not. There were 'shadows' on the left and right of a figure which is called crosstalk. I haven't messed with trying to fix it yet, but out of the box the crosstalk was annoying with the super cheap incrediview glasses
I ordered in the post above. (all I have working at the time) My PS3 came up with a dialogue when I first turned on the projector that asked me to enter my screen size for 3d projector use. I've not seen that before. I set it at 114" because that's my 16x9 size. But I watch movies at 2.35:1 mode and that size is 144" 2.35:1 - so I'm not sure what the proper setting would be. I noticed the projector also has a menu to choose projector screen size. I chose 120" on it because it only lets you choose the size in increments of 20" (PS3 lets you choose size in increments of 1"). I'm not sure if this setting may have been causing me grief because when I made the size obviously wrong on the projector menu it introduced more of these shadows, so this may be something I can fix with some tinkering. I may also be that I'm not projecting on a true projector screen and just the wall until my screen comes in later this week, I'll see I guess. The 3d is definitely 1080p from the PS3. SBS does seem to reduce the resolution when I switched it to that mode for just a second - but then I don't use that and don't know anything about SBS, and it really messed up the 3d experience because the PS3 was not using that type of 3d.
Anyway - I'm happy with the purchase so far in my 3 or 4 hours of limited use last night and first movie watch.