Learnt Optoma going to release this 3D box, I ordered HW536 (about an HD66 equivalent) projector together with this box last Dec in HK. Got the 3D box shipped by end Jan. Here are some impression:
1/ Very impressive. Optoma projector + 3D box, a perfect match to me. (I used a Panasonic projector before. Color-wise, HW536 is much more superior, but it comes with a few non-intrusive rainbow effects.)
2/ My 3D set up:
PS3 (video) -> 3D-XL (HDMI) -> HW536;
PS3 (audio) -> Onkyo Amp (TX-SR803, very old model, thru optical cable)
3D Blu-ray & 3D games run without any hassle, yet needing occasional adjustment of "3D sync invert" for no reason. This is just a few key presses on the remote.
3/ 3D-XL comes with 1 pair of ZD201 3D glasses. It did not come with my order yet and I have to wait till early March. I ordered 3 pairs of ZD101. They comfortably fit all my family members. However, ZD101 may be too big for kids below eight to wear.
4/ The vision thru ZD101 may need a few minutes for you to adapt to. After that, you could stay with it for hours. I got a couple of 3D movies from Amazon, that include documentories and cartoons. All play gorgeously. You will see if you get to it.
5/ An interesting thing to note is that 3D-XL supports SBS as well. I don't know what it represents before (SBS: side-by-side) until I got a 3D video (horror movie) from Japan which was shot in SBS format. Initially, I got a (compressed) split screen which showed left eye screen on the left and right on the right. So I thought 3D-XL might not support this format. Later on, when I did a bit more "homework" over internet, I recognized that it should work. What I missed was a match of these two: on the video disc, it says this is a Side-by-Side 3D video; on 3D-XL, it has a button marked SBS. A press of SBS button solved this. Wow! However, as new Blu-ray discs are not produced this way, so I suppose none of you would encounter this problem.
6/ 3D-XL has two inputs and we don't have 3D broadcast here, so I tried to connect my other HDMI video (2D) device and output to HW536 thru 3D-XL. Result is acceptable but definitely not good. It seems this box has no video pass-thru and convert all input to "interlaced" mode. The video quality is obvious degraded if any HD output is processed thru 3D-XL to projector. The blurring is obvious especially for fast moving objects.
7/ Seems 3D-XL must be the last device before projector. I tried this:
PS3 (HDMI video+audio) -> 3D-XL -> Onkyo Amp -> HW536: result: 3D video ok; loss of main sound track; (haven't tried with 2D video.)
DVD player (HDMI video + audio) -> 3D-XL -> Onkyo Amp -> HW536: result: Blank screen and no sound though the player looks running fine.
This might be obvious as 3D-XL will process all signals that is good for a DLP projector, and not for an AV amp, and, is not supposed to preserve, say, sound tracks.
Don't know if result of this connection would be different for HDMI 1.4a compatible Amp. My bet would be a "no".
Hope you will find the same when you get it.