Originally Posted by sb1
Now that the new has worn off and I've had more time with it, I'm seeing (and hearing) some things I don't like.
First, the iris has seemingly grown louder. To the point where I've turned it off. I have a white ceiling, and can tell absolutely no difference when it's on or off due the reflection back on the screen (I suppose, assuming it's working correctly). A lower gain screen may help the contrast issue and keep so much light from bouncing back and lighting everything up.
Second, focus is wavering. The movie can start with each pixel of the "cross hairs" pattern (from the remote) clearly visible, but by the time it ends the pixels are not nearly as defined.
Third, and probably worst, is image noise. It seems to be color specific as parts of the image are clean. I've come across some seriously disturbing stuff in certain scenes. Not grain, but noise. I thought perhaps my HP screen was simply revealing some artifacts that wouldn't be present on lower gain screens, but I put of a piece of blackout cloth as well as white poster board up and it's still there.
Sure, when you take away these issues the picture is great, but these aren't issues easily overlooked. Once I got over having a new projector the faults became more apparent. Closer inspection of white text has also revealed a convergence issue, with red being one pixel to the left, and green being one pixel to the right.
The last few nights are the first chance I've really had time to sit down and inspect things. We've shown a few movies, but with kids running around and me not really being in inspection mode with the picture. Now that I've actually been looking at the details, I could certainly be happier.
It's embarrassing to reveal that after nearly a year of researching what my next projector would be, I still made the wrong choice. However, since I've read about pretty much all these issues several times in other Epson threads (yeah, I thought I'd get lucky with mine), that people should know these issues are still very much alive and doing quite well. I view this post more as a public service message than a complaint.
*Note, I did not buy my 8700 from AVS.