Originally Posted by zombie10k
The HW30's been out since last summer and have only seen a handful of complaints here and on the french AV forums (where the Sony's are wildly popular). There's always going to be a few lemons, but the Panasonic W7000 issues seem substantial enough to stay away from.
That screen is a nice size with no gain, so the 3D could be underwhelming depending on your expectations.
I understand not wanting to give up a quality copy. Can you run a 2nd projector?
One of the reason why I got interested in Sony is because of your mini-shootout. Excellent review, BTW. Yes, defective unit here and there is normal and inevitable, but like you said with the Panasonic, number of flickering issues are overwhelming. It seems like HW30ES is on the par with normal number of lemons.
I'm not expecting perfect, but there some quirks that I can't live with; flickering and bad convergence. Soft focus on edges are not that big of a deal, unless it's obviously noticeable.
Here are the qualities in the projector that I'm looking for:
Quiet operation (fan noise)
Film-like look (soft image is OK)
Brighter image (Pioneer FPJ-1 has 600 lumens, I'm sure any projector in the market today can beat this)
Minimal ghosting (can't stand double images)
Darker image in 3D is OK.
Not really expecting too much from the 3D; this is secondary.
Panasonic had these qualities that I was looking for, but because of that flickering issue; it ruled itself out. The HW30ES seems to have all these qualities as well.
Having multiple projectors is not an option for me. Yeah, it would be very hard to give up my Pioneer Kuro, but if I can get a nice HW30ES, I'm willing to give it up.
At this point, I'm heavily leaning toward the HW30ES. I just hope I can get a good one. Either bite the bullet now or wait until I can pick up a good one in a used market.
I really appreciate your input. It helps a lot.