I too was waiting for a Panny AE2000u price drop or possibly the new Epson. When I saw this thread I decided that this projector would work for me and bought one last night. I don't mind saving a thousand dollars over the Pan/Epson and believe I'll enjoy the picture just fine for a couple years ... Well, in a week or so I'll find out. Since the reviews indicate blacks are somewhat lighter when compared to some of the other new 1080p projectors, but not majority the 720p models i believe I'll be just fine. If not only because I wont know what i am missing?? I am going from an Pan AE900u to this projector which had weaker blacks.
Please comment on my plan on using a light gray/silver screen like the Elite ezFrame screen or Elite HC gray, see the review, to improve black levels on say 110-120" screen (or?):http://www.projectorreviews.com/proj...C/proscons.php
Room is light controlled, dark walls, 13.5' throw, 11.5 seating, for HD movies, 70% of viewing, and some ambient light for HD-TV/sports, no light directly on the screen.
Also, Projectorreviews wrote: a great matchup would be Da-Lite's HC Da-Mat, and Carada's affordable HC gray surface. Carada's is one I've never worked with, but from my understanding it is a dark gray, that should match very well. If you want to go larger screen sizes, the Firehawk, and Elite's HC gray surface, would be reasonable options. I'd avoid, in general, white surfaces, unless your primary purpose is non-movie content, such as sports viewing.
Any suggestions? Thanks