So we had Pat Bradley come in today to do the calibration once-over on the HD5; I thought it was good before- there has definitely been an improvement. I'll relay what I gleaned, since I was not present for most of the calibration.
post-calibration peak white: 40ftL (lamp is set to lowest output- now running constant-intensity)
grayscale was actually pretty close "out of the box"
color gamut needed to be tweaked - handled with aplomb via PR
verified settings for our source equipment
setup all of our aspect ratio presets 60P and 24P where applicable
The material I saw post-calibration was a few scenes from the Blu-Ray of "the International" - according to Pat, a very good transfer. According to me- more proof that the HD5 was the correct direction for us to take. The image is sublime- it really does show the full detail of film and HD video sourced material. I can't wait to see cuts from the Art of Flight.
For those considering screens from 120"-16' the HD5 is a supremely capable projector for relatively little money considering what you get. At this point, I honestly don't know if I'll ever go back to a UHP lamp projector...I can't see why I'd want to. Sure blacks may be blacker on a small UHP source- but that unit couldn't do 40ftL on a 12' Microperfed screen. Colors are exceptionally accurate now.
I guess the best way to put it is that I want one for myself, every time I see it, I want it more...
So over the course of the rest of the week we'll be installing our new dual-pane projection port, new screen skin, and working with savant to get the aspect ratios preset to respective sources.
For those that are interested in viewing the HD5, contact myself or jbm007 to make arrangements.