My replacement got here Friday. My dtr's birthday party was set to start at 5 pm, and UPS rarely gets to my house before 4. Leaving less than 1 hour to unpack it, set up the mount, adjust pic, etc. Panic was setting in. Yes, the b'day party was no big deal you might say, but this is not a five-year old... she is 17, and had spent all week helping me get the room ready. This included framing in a doorway, installing in-ceiling speakers and wiring them, and running cable for all the items in the room. I wanted her to reap the reward for her work.
Well, for the first time ever in over 6 years of buying many items and in-shipping them by UPS, they showed up at 10:30 am! We got to work and the room was ready by 5:30 pm, due to some unexpected snags.
They watched Hot Fuzz. I only peeked in for a couple of minutes and the pic looked very good with original OOB settings.
We watched Zodiac last night. It has been a while since I watched any tv really, let alone a PJ since moving to the new house. So I don't feel like I am in the game enough to comment on PQ specifics, but in general looked very good. I got the impression that the pic overall might be a little dark, like the brightness was too low (B & C are still at 50, OOB settings).
Another questionable item is jaggy lines on straight-line images. Don't know if there is a technical term for this, but I hope you know what I mean. Is this fairly common and to be expected for a PJ? I remember reading the BenQ W500's PR
and they mention being successful at removing or ameliorating this.
Overall, an excellent experience. The room is still painted in light colors, white ceiling, etc, so there were some reflections. Maybe that contributed to the dark-ish look, but it may be the movie itself.
7 hours on bulb now, no glitches, Sept 06 build, serial ends in 'A'. I think from reading of the variety of alphabets used this has no meaning re new or not.
So far TD's service has been EXEMPLARY. Well, they didn't send me an email re shipping the replacement and I had to call, but that may be because it was done over the phone. Apart from that they have been fantastic. I live in GA (they are in IL) and the replacement got here in less than 48 hours (!) after completing the phone call with them.