Okay. My review.
It's taken me a while to get this review done as I wanted to get as much content under my belt as possible before posting a review. I try not to post anything right away as I would rather have the wow factor from owning a new toy get under control before I rave that it's the best thing ever since my last projector I've now clocked in over 50 hours so I think I have an accurate idea of what to expect.
BEST 2D PICTURE I HAVE EVER SEEN Really. I know that everyone is super excited about 3D which I've been into for over the last year. So 3D is not new to me and I was equally excited about the 2D performance of the Sony.
Boy does this thing deliver. Blacks are amazingly black with the auto IRIS. WIthout the auto iris they still are satisfactory but I see no reason to disable the IRIS anyway as it produces NO VISIBLE pumping at all. I actually thought the IRIS wasn't working as I can usually see it pretty easily on the Epson projectors and a few DLPs that I owned, but I tried the ultimate stress test. The End credits revealed very minimal changes to the black level when the white credits fade in and out. This was the only time I saw the IRIS working. The blacks with the auto IRIS are slightly better then an RS25 I saw and without IRIS it's close to an RS15. Also, shadow detail is fantastic. I watched the Expendables and the entire intro is very dark with tons of detail that can be lost if shadow detail is weak.
Bright scenes are one of the strong points of the Sony and are about equal to the Benq W6000 i owned. The Sony has superior ANSI contrast to the JVC (more then double) and it shows it brighter scenes. The Sony really has that DLP "pop" then many other non DLP projectors don't usually have. There is no blooming or washout of blacks at all in mixed scenes. The Sony really does have the "wow" factor.
A HUGE advantage of the Sony over any other projectors I've owned and seen is the motion. Joerod was right. The motion on this thing is better then any Plasma or even DLP. Sony is using new high speed SXRD panels on the VW90 and wow this thing keeps all of it's resolution during motion. To keep the motion res you do need to engage Film projection mode 1 or 2. Mode 1 darkens the picture way to much, and mode 2 is fine but does produce a very slight flicker (only notice it on test patterns or computer use). The FI on the Sony is also amazing. It produces almost no artifacts at all even on high and is much, much better then the Epson I owned. I find FI great for any live action stuff like sports, concerts, nature docs, and animation. I have no seen even one motion related artifact on the Sony be it Red fringing, blurring, false contouring, etc. There are a few occasions that the FI stuttered but it's very rare and only happens for a micro second.
Sharpness is also exceptional. I have less then half a pixel misconvegence on any part of the screen and sharpness is even throughout the entire screen. Detail is amazing without any edge enhancement. Very smooth, detailed image that really seems to almost be beyond 1080p. Sony increased the fill factor from the Vw85, and even up close pixel structure is very hard to make out, and from normal viewing distance the image is SHARP but still film like. This may sound strange but seeing the PS3 menu screen on this projector made me smile. It just looked better then on any other display I've seen, be it my Panasonic plasma or previous projectors. The image is also clear of any type of noise, or moire that can be seen on other projectors.
It's a mixed bag.
Brightness is low in 3D but acceptable to me on my 1.4 Carada BW 110" screen on medium setting. Im using the Sony glasses, but I have ordered a pair of Xpands that I will hopefully have soon. I can't wait to see how they compare.
Ghosting. Coming for the Acer (NO ghosting at all, Nada) the Sony definetely has some ghosting issues. It changes from scene to scene, and some movies it's far more noticeable then others. Also it seems that dark reds, browns, etc ghost a lot more then other colours (not sure why) Also, high brightness mode with the Sony glasses produces too much ghosting to be usefull, but medium is OK and low almost eliminates all ghosting. It can be distracting but when Im not looking for it, it doesn't really bother me anymore. I've watched over 6 full movies and it's overall not a deal breaker.
Colour is much better then the Acer and so is the contrast. The 3D pops even more in dark movies like Christmas Carol, and Polar Express. The image detail and sharpness is also much improved over the Acer (720p) and it really brings movies like Avatar to life when you can really see the texture, pores, veins, patterns on clothes, etc.
The Sony is Better for me in every way except for ghosting then the Acer. Yes a projector costing 20x less then the Sony can beat it, but only in 1 way. Some people may be more annoyed with ghosting then others, and it can be a deal breaker for some. The pros of the Sony far out way the the cons and I find myself more involved when watching a movie on the Sony. The Sony in bright mode is about the same brightness as the Acer, but since high mode is not very usable, the edge goes to the Acer for brightness, but that may change when I try the expand glasses.
Bottom line for 3D. It's OK, but there is room for improvement obviously. Ghosting is an issue and the brightness is not great but can be "fixed" with a high gain screen. I still wouldn't hesitate for an instant about recommending the Acer to someone. It's still the best money I ever spend on electronics in my life. If I couldn't afford a Sony or JVC and wanted 3D then the Acer would be an absolute treat, and it still does some things better.
Bottom line for 2D. Smooth, Superior motion handling, SHARP, NO noise or artfacts, great FI, great Blacks, Superior ANSI. Really no reason for DLP to exist anymore in the mid range market. Sony has fixed all the issues that LCOS had and I guess only a three chip DLP might be better. Sony has a winner!!!!!
This was my initial review but the ghosting kept bothering me more and more. It got to the point where I couldn't enjoy 3D on the Sony. It was Despicable Me that was the final nail in the coffin. That movie completely destroyed the Sony for 3D. Ghosting in almost every single scene.
Im hoping to get my X7 within a week and hope to post a full review soon after. I'm not confident that the JVC will beat the Sony for 2D, but from reading others opinions it seems that the JVC will be a step up in 3D performance from the Sony. I also wonder if the THX certification is going to make any difference whatsoever between the RS40 and 50 for 3D