I mentioned earlier in this thread that I received my C3X1080 yesterday and am awaiting installation assistance, but I thought I'd throw out my initial impressions of the unit, image, etc.
I do have MC - even in the center of the screen, but my understanding that no C3X1080 is going to be perfect in this respect (folded light path being the main culprit). I have a couple other issues that I won't bore you with, but the biggest surprise is that the max throw distance on my unit is 2.1, NOT 2.6 as advertised. Don't know whether that's a defect with my unit or SIM changed the specs. I spent way to much time dissembling my equipment rack (because I normally use the top of it as a projector shelf and had to move it about 16 inches to go from a 2.8 throw to a 2.6 throw) in vain.
Anyway, once I McGyver'd a makeshift projector stand and got the projector positioned correctly it was close to midnight and started to watch some material. I had a mental list of everything I wanted to check out (material I know extremely well) and started with King Kong. OMG! The depth! Blacks were VERY good (my projector history was CRT -> RS1), punch was great, it simply looked amazing. I normally watch only a minute or so of each chapter and move on, but I was mesmerized. I had to force myself not to watch the entire movie (considering the time and the amount of material I wanted to get through before going to bed).
Next up was Unforgiven. The beginning of this film has a lot of candlelit scenes that was too challenging for my CRT and ery much improved upon with my RS1. With the C3X it was like being there. Awesome. Almost watched the whole friggin' movie... took some willpower to move on.
I then watched a bit of Black Snake Moan. Holy @#@#! Again, incredible depth, punch and clarity. I am simply not a good enough writer to describe how the dramatic increase in image quality pulls you into the movie.
I also watched a bit of Viva Las Vegas because with the RS1 I had noticed some scenes with major color saturation and I wanted to compare. Elvis' neon pink sweater was very similar (so I guess it's in the source). Anyway, the film looked amazing - I was IN Vegas!
That's as far as I got in 3 hours... I should have made it through a LOT more than that, but I kept forgetting to hit chapter skip and never wanted to get up to change the disc...
I can honestly say these were the best images I have ever seen and I can't wait to check out more material. Here's the kicker (and this may discredit me with some of you): I have a 132" 2.35:1 HIGH POWER screen. I expected to have to wear sunglasses, I had ND2 and ND4 filters on hand. I simply lowered the lamp power to 200 watts from the get-go and never needed them. Was it bright.. hell YES, but somehow it was acceptable. I measured over 700 lumens (again, low lamp so not indicative of the projector's full light output) and it was over 50 foot lamberts. Ideally I like it in the 20's so I'm VERY surprised. What I was watching last night was probably less (with an anamorphic lens in place) so I'll have to re-measure.
I also closed the Iris at one point. Compared to open iris it seemed, well, dimmer, but I resisted the urge to open it back up again and spent 50% of my time last night with it closed. The manual infers that it's better open, so I'll play around with that some more.
OK, I'll shut up now. :-)