Originally Posted by Ronomy
Great! Let me know how it works out. I like my Acer H5360 but if something happens to it I will be looking for a new 3D projector. I hope it continues working well and the VIP 3D Theater works great too.
I got the ACER H9500BD projector ($1699....more on that later) and the picture is really, really sharp and bright. The 3D mode is also plenty bright (according to the specs, the light should have been a little low, but it was more than bright enough IMO). I watched the new release of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" in 3D and the pop out was amazing. Very gimmicky, but fun for my purposes. I always thought people were BS'ing when they said they jerked their heads back. I know better now. The picture is pretty amazing and I couldn't be happier. I still haven't played with the (minimal) color adjustments, but that and programming my Universal remote are next on my list. The colors out of the box looked great from where I was sitting (literally), but maybe I can improve things.
A few downsides:
The menu is slow and difficult to navigate. Generally this isn't too big of a deal. This projector is (now) about half the price of the Panny and Epson. That seems like a reasonable trade-off.
There aren't as many adjustments as I would like, but the color, brightness, sharpness, 3D effects, etc. are so good out of the box, that also seems like a reasonable trade-off to make.
Vertical/Horizontal "Shift" - this thing is kind of a bear to set up. they should call the shift "diagonal right" and "diagonal left". I was able to get a full 16:9 120" screen with the center of the lens 3" above the top of the screen, about 7" to the left of center of the screen and about 13.5' from the screen, but pretty much (still a little room for adjustments if necessary) maxed out zoom and shift. I had to do a LOT of tweaking to get it just right (physical, zoom, focus, and shift). After it was done, however, it's no longer an issue. Again, a trade-off I can live with.
The glasses are really clear and comfortable (very, very slight greenish tint, but really isn't noticeable unless you take them off and on, off and on, etc.), but are kind of hard to purchase. By all accounts the pair that comes with the unit are about as good as it gets. There are some Optomas out there, but I can't comment on how the stack up to the Acer glasses. Rumor has it you can buy them from Acer, but it takes awhile.
That pretty much does it for issues I have with it other than the fact that TigerDirect dropped the price $200 (to $1499) six days after I bought it. Can they give you a credit on your credit card? Of course not. Why would I even ask such a stupid question? What you CAN do, however, is to return the unit for a full refund and buy a new one at the reduced price. Costs them shipping (they ship free with no tax) and would have cost me shipping, but I found a small flaw, got Acer tech support to agree with me, and can ship my current unit back free. Kind of dumb if you ask me. What's even dumber is that TigerDirect told me I didn't even have to unpack the new projector. I could just send it back and they would accept that as the return and credit my card for the original price I paid. Makes about as much sense as the price of oil if you ask me. If you buy with an AMEX card, you get an extra year warranty.
For just under $1500 out the door, I got a really nice 3D projector (which does a much better job converting 2D to 3D than my Sony BDP-S780 Blu Ray player) with a 2 year warranty. I think that's pretty good bang for the buck. We'll see how it holds up.
Sorry about posting to this thread, but I did get asked.....