Pros: lens memory+++, simple to adjust settings, deep colors
Cons: quirky with Logitech remotes (power off), black bars in 16:9 viewing
Some of our favorite action movies, Transformers, Casino Royale, Kill Bill, etc. are filmed in 2.35, or wide screen. so when in our movie room, we want to be 'at the movies' and not see the black bars on top and bottom for a typical HD TV. this projector solves that problem while also allowing the viewer to watch regular TV on the screen as well. I've happily sacrificed a slightly smaller picture size for sports center and Two and a Half Men to get a massive viewing screen for Gladiator (and didn't we put in floor speakers and a 12" sub for movies and not commercials". this projector "memorizes" you screen and with a push of a button and 30-45 seconds, you go from TV watching settings to a fully filled screen ready for any Blu Ray DVD
the 3D settings were very good (i've never really been a fan of home 3D) and were much better than my Samsung TVs 3D viewing.
there is little to no blur when watching sports, but it's dependent on the feed you're receiving. certain channels performed better. i'm in the NY area and had verizon fios. ESPN monday night football was better than the Jets game on CBS, i don't know why. tennis was excellent, the green court and the player's colorful shirts popped out at you, even my wife noticed that.
i did not test 2D to 3D, seems like an wasted feature. either it's 2D or 3D, no need to mix them, there's enough content for both.
boy is the box heavy...and it's extremely well packaged. UPS guy would have to be throwing it around to damage the projector.
bought a generic mount from Amazon for $40-50 and had no issues placing on a 8ft ceiling. beautiful box it's placed in, looks sturdy and is sturdy.
I used Elite Screens R115WH1-WIDE ezFrame Fixed Projection Screen (115" 2.35:1 AR)(CineWhite), purchased on Amazon, and think it was a wonderful combo. I received numerous compliments on the picture quality, even from those with professional set up, high end media rooms in their homes.
I spent 60-75 minutes calibrating the screen zooms and shifts from 16:9 to 2.35 and color/sharpness/blacks with different movies. The Batman Begins and Dark Knight are great movies to use for color calibration bc of the shadows and some bright scenes as well.
3) User Interface—
remote is simple and easy to use (Logitech worked for power on and simple adjustments) and i kept handy for small tweaks her and there. the more you switch between the 16:9 and 2.35, the more likely you get a small shift in the picture. it's inevitable that it won't be EXACT perfect every time. i don't consider that a knock on the product, it's a fact of technology. nothing happens exactly the same every time, and the motor of the lens isn't what we paid $2999 for, it's the images produced, which are excellent.
there are 4 different screen adjustments, all can be set for memory for different types of movies/tv, and are self explanatory.
as I stated above, this is a projector for movies, any kind of movie. Disney/Pixar movies look real life, as does Dora and Bubble Guppies (if you have kids, just make sure it's HD or your child will ask why Dora is fuzzy). Transformers Dark of the Moon was the first full movie I watched, there's no blur with the cars on highways and the slow motion camera pans are like you're at the theater. basketball isn't the best sport to watch, the tan glow of the court and the orange ball, something is lost. i never could put my finger on it. i never noticed any ghosting in the picture or spots on the screen or any inconsistencies with the picture.
I've had it for almost 12 months now.
would i buy this again? in a heartbeat. anything I would change? no