I originally bought an Epson 8345, but returned it after I got several auto-iris errors. Kudos to Epson, however, for their excellent customer service - they were going to overnight me a replacement but I was still under my store return period. I loved the picture but at 12' away on a 106" budget screen, I found the black level lackluster in a light-controlled room with dark walls, even with adjustments.
I ended up picking up an 8350 instead and have to say the little bump in specs makes a huge difference in the blacks. I had them both running for an evening, and found that i had to place the 8345 about 7 feet further away to get close to the 8350 black levels at 12',
now... my "problem"...
I noticed there is a gradual darkening from left to right of my screen image on a full black screen. ie: the left side is slightly brighter than the right. You don't really notice on full 16:9, but when watching letterbox it's very noticeable to me with the black bars. Has anyone else experienced this? I also noticed a small darker "blotch" in the lower left quadrant of the screen, that remains if I zoom the lens in or out, leading me to believe it's something on/in the lens or the internal LCD. It's not very noticeable, but I know it's there. Should I be concerned?