Fedex dropped it off about 6:45 last night. First impression was “Wow! This thing is bright.” Brilliant colors, great contrast, overall just a nice picture and pretty quiet. Pulled down the screen (84” 1.1 gain) in the basement, put in the Pixar Shorts DVD and went through the color modes. The contrast and blacks are definitely best in Cinema mode, but even in eco mode it’s still plenty bright. Then I realized all the lights were on. After turning out the lights I could see that the blacks were more of a dark grey and I could see the extra 40 pixels at the top and bottom, but still a very nice picture. I didn’t try the auto iris, so I don’t know if that would darken up the blacks.
Then I took it outside (which is what I bought it for) and hung a sheet (about 10’ screen). It was about 7:30pm and the sun had just dropped below the horizon. It was still bright enough to read everything on the remote, but the projector cut right through and the picture didn’t look washed out at all. Even in eco mode it was bright enough to basically look like and LCD TV. So far I’m pretty impressed with the PJ especially for $550. Maybe Friday I can setup the 16’ screen and really see what it can do. The picture is a lot like the 720HD, but much brighter. I’m wondering, as bright as it is, if I should look at a gray screen to help with the black levels?