Just got it in and hooked it up today. Watched a few minutes of Baraka and then Speed Racer with the whole family. Wow. PQ, to use my wife's word, is "fawsome." I was a little bit worried about it maybe being too bright in my environment, but I changed it to Cinema and eco modes, changed the auto iris to 1, and dialed the brightness back just a tad, and it's golden on a 106" Cine Grey screen from 16 feet back. It beats the Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 720 I had before in every possible way, which, I suppose, really isn't a fair comparison, but it's what I have to compare to. The Epson was plenty bright in torch mode, but the image looked like a** in that mode, and it was way too loud. On the other hand, Cinema Black, though it looked much better and was quiet, just wasn't bright enough, especially after I got a few hours on the bulb. If it compares equally well when it comes to longevity, I will be one happy customer. That remains to be seen. I live in Texas in an old house, so, it's dusty here. There's not a hell of a lot I can do about that, but I'll do my best. I noticed the manual says to contact customer service once a year to have it cleaned. Anyone done that? Is it on their dime?
For anyone who may be thinking about buying it, like I was, okay, it's not perfect. The blacks, at least out of the box, aren't quite inky black (I know there's been some posts on this; I'll have to try the suggestions out later), and I did notice some minor artifacts a couple of times that I'm assuming is what the reviewers were talking about with the frame interpolation thing. Still, I would describe the overall image exactly as I did above--fawsome. Inky blacks or not, the image pops, and while I'm sure a better picture can be had where money is no object, money, for me, is an object, and I feel like a got good value for it on this projector.
Okay, one last thing to throw my credibility, not that I had any to being with, entirely down the toilet--I don't get why Speed Racer got dogged like it did. Sure it was over the top, but I thought that's exactly what a Speed Racer movie should be. The performances are good, it's visually interesting, and overall it's just a fun family movie. Now, up next, Master and Commander. Yeah, baby. That's what I'm talking about.