Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Russia, Troitsk
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Couple a days ago I've managed to watch at both 5030 and HW40 in a light controlled rooms (not head to head).
I'll agree with most of the conclutions from the earlier reviews about noise, out of the box color, brightness, e.t.c
Both looks the same for me in terms of native contrast. I don't like the 5030 iris, though. It improves black level a bit, but at the same time on the scenes with bright light spots it dims those lights and overall perception of the black level is not improved much. With such high native contrast, iris is a gimmick in my opinion.
Bought HW40, finally!
Lamp brightness will drop significantly in the first 10-15 hours. On 133" MW 1.1 at start it was too bright on HIGH. 20 hours later it's just enough.
I can confirm Estar/Optoma combo 3D RF transmitter/glasses works perfectly with the simple DIY cable made from an old network patch cable. No voltage regulation is needed, internal regulator in the transmitter rated up to 24V.