Originally Posted by golffnutt
I can definitely see a brighter, vivid, saturated, accurate color on 1080p vs. 720p. I only wished I could see a sharper picture (more film like) with 1080p than 720p but I can't, at least with the 3800 I can't. The picture to me is still a little soft regardless of the calibrations I make or settings that I change. Will have to live with it I guess. Probably will keep it for a couple more years and then maybe dive into 3D depending on where the technology is at that time. Life is good, not complaining about my 3800, for the money, it is great with a great picture. I just happen to have, as they say, "champagne take with beer money", lol.
I wouldn't expect a 'Wow' moment coming from the HC3000, which was a good PJ. But you do at least see the improvements.
720p to 1080p isn't necessarily an increase in sharpness, in fact, sometimes it appears
to be softer. What you get is an increase in resolution, which isn't really the same as sharpness depending. If you sit far enough back, the difference may not even be noticeable. Focus uniformity, lens quality, set up (screen flatness, PJ square with screen, etc.) can have more of an effect. Also, make sure you don't focus the HC3800 until at least 30 mins of warm up (an hour to be safe), as the focus is different when cold, and will be out of focus slightly from cold to hot (or vice versa depending on when you focused).
Another thing to try is the new Darbee darblet. I just got one and it does make things sharper, more in focus, w/o any noticable artifacts. Check out the darbee thread, the WSR on it, etc. I'm really impressed, makes my HC3800 appear to be sharper--more in focus. Even works well on my 32" Sharp LED LCD from 9ft away! Strangly seems to be more dramatic on my 32" LCD than the HC3800, but it's dramatic never the less.