The new PJ arrived a while back but its only now that I've been able to get my hands on it. I cant get a calibration done till next week so I have no exact numbers, just observations. I intend to have a full review up next week, but Jason or Alan will have theirs up for the site by then, i would imagine.
The only regret with this machine is that I didn't have it much earlier and thus could have indulged in some "Gouger Baiting" as I know Alan is a huge fan of the series.
Out the box into the mount and powered up in 2 minutes, no problem. Screen is 8ft wide unmasking to 10.5ft. On power up, with no input selected, black level was noticeably black, no hand puppets here. Scrolling through the test screens was straight forward and revealing. Colors were very rich and the machine is very bright. Using the zoom screen to align, it was apparent there was zero CA. Alignment looks similar to the HT5000, i.e as near perfect as makes no difference. Zero at center and fractions at the edge. Corner to corner focus also perfect.
OK enough BS, what about the image? Stunning, utterly stunning. Clear as a bell, clean as a whistle and with that super color that comes from having 3 chips. CR is very high and ANSI looks massive. Without doing a back to back, I'd say this machine has all the SLAM and huge IMPACT that the HT5000 is known for just in a smaller package. This machine will handle 12ft wide properly. Zooming out to 12ft (overlapping the screen) the image looks to still be way over 20fL. Don't quote that as i need equipment to be sure.
I'll go into far more detail (menus, iris etc) when I've had time with the machine and get time to write.
For all prospective customers this really needs a good look. For those who've ordered already, you have no worries. Over the last year Sim2 have nailed the big domestic 3 chip market with the HT5000, they are dominating the top end of the single chip market with the 380 and 3000e. The C3X has ruled the 720 3 chip market for a couple of years. This baby takes its place right at the top of the heap in its market area. Small wonder sales are well up.
At this price it stands alone, calling, siren like, to the image obsessed. If you hear her song you credit card will be drawn inexorably to its death on the irresistible beauty of this little machine.........Sorry, became overcome by the intoxicating lure of the velvet bag