*Steps onto soapbox*
You have to understand, this thread is 140 pages long (in my view at least), and there are 10-20 pages at a time with complaints about this or that. It's not the concerns that are the problem, it's the trashing of the projector that takes place immediately after it comes up. First it was about the bulb - would it be having the issues like the 8100. Then came the iris issues. Then came the dust blobs. Pages and pages of complaints about that. And now there's the convergence talk.
I think a lot of people feel the same way as jfried. Just think about it - it's an entry-level 1080p projector, albeit one with very solid performance, but I think people who upgraded to this expected a lot more based on the reviews of this projector and the early opinions on it. There's a few users obviously very disappointed with this projector, and coming from a previous one that they liked, it's understandable.
I, on the other hand, have never seen a projector used, other than a business class projector. I'm in Canada, and had one delivered to my Texas house, and was instantly amazed at the image. Well, actually the first thing that struck me was the size of the thing! I have read this entire thread, and a dozen people have mentioned being shocked by the size... well, I was ready for the size, and was still shocked!!
The house has a wide open & high wall, and we projected a 142" image on it, and were absolutely blown away. In a lot of ways it was overkill, but I just wanted to check it out! Of course, I am rolling it back to a 100" screen in my house up here, and that was a bit of a tough change to make! I know that I've heard people talk about it being as good as their plasma or lcd, and others saying that there's no way it is... well, we had the plasma on against the opposite wall, and when I looked back and forth, sure I could tell a difference. But when I was just watching the projected image, it was great to my eye. There were no problems watching hockey on the screen - the puck movement was easy to see. Pitched baseballs didn't have any strange movements either. It's probably not to the level of a higher priced projector with CFI, but it certainly has more smoothness than my ~4 year old LCD monitor. Then I started throwing movies in, expecting to watch 5 minutes each of 2 or 3 movies. My 4 year old was going to be waking me up at 6am in the morning, but at 2am, I was still throwing discs into the HD DVD player to get as much out of it was I could.
What sucks of all of this is that due to the size and weight of the projector, I couldn't bring it as a carry-on item, and I wasn't about to check it in, so I am stuck waiting for 6 more weeks until my parents bring their motorhome up here to visit and deliver the projector.
I'm sure that I'm going to have questions about the unit, so it sucks that people like jfried are stopping reading and especially that the MississippiMan's of the thread are slowing down on their responses. Sure, a lot has been touched already, and there's no problem bringing up issues or concerns, but the constant burying of this projector has been discouraging to say the least.
*Steps off soapbox*
Originally Posted by dysfunction26
It is funny you come here to whine about people whining...lol.
Originally Posted by jfried
I'm done with this thread. With all the griping about imperfect convergence, iris noise, etc. on an economy PJ, there seems to be no help to be had here for legitimate problems / questions. Have fun sending your PJ's back and forth to Epson, I'm watching a lot of movies these days on my crappy 8350, and really enjoying the picture. Bye,