Okay, they are here. And I totally adore them. You are so right.
Looking at black on the screen (black bars, for example, like watching Monsters Vs. Aliens in letterbox) is even more alarmingly washed out when I flip up the glasses and flip them back down over my face. The Viewsonic glasses effectively get rid of the awful grey/washed out hue and replace blacks much closer to where they SHOULD be.
Really, MAJOR shame on Mitsubishi for not only selling a kit with an IR emitter that obviously doesn't play well with color on 2009 sets, or for at least not giving us a method to turn off DLP link in our 2009 sets like 2010 sets have.
If you have a 2009 set, it really makes no sense to use the IR emitter glasses once you see these. However, the good news is that the switch mode does work on the Viewsonics, unlike the Optomas, so I was able to get both IR and DLP glasses in a mode where they both worked simultaneously.
This is what we get for being the guinea pigs here I guess, but I am very disappointed that my 2009 3D-Ready set is not up to snuff compared to the 2010 as far as the black levels using IR glasses.
EDIT: By the way, they also came pre-loaded with 2 batteries (1 battery more than the IR glasses take) but kindly ALSO include 2 MORE batteries so you are good to go for a second round when the first ones die. Nice extra there. No bags or cleaning cloth, just the extra batteries and the nose pieces, but a very nice foam box/case. Very professional.
Tempted to sell all 4 pair of my IR glasses to a 2010 owner and just go full DLP-Link now.