I've got about 15 hours in on this bad boy since Saturday night and am blown away. My eyes had to get used to how bright and sharp it was, even after dialing down the brightness through various settings. My throw is 15 Feet, and screen is 112" 2.35:1 Carada brilliant white (about 90" 1.78:1). Seating is at 10 and 15 feet.
Blu-rays are unbelievable now. Almost flawless. Watched J. Edgar and Tower Heist and sampled a bunch of stuff I had like Avatar, Terminator Salvation, Incredible Hulk, Deadwood, Lion King 3D...amazing. Still in awe about the image I have in my house now.
Still working on HD TV through DirecTV though. Any ideas? I seem to get some motion judder on random channels (saw it in a basketball game on ABC, again on Eastbound and Down in the previews for next week, yesterday on AMCHD on Walking Dead). TV really seems to be hit or miss, and I'm ok with that if that's the way it is. But if anyone has any ideas how to sharpen it up and improve the random judder I'd love to hear it. Or just setting changes as you move from Blu-Ray to HDTV. I'm not a big fan of the Motion Enhancer look so that's really the only thing I'm not going to turn on (gives me a headache).
One thing about TV, where should my processor be set in terms of resolution? It doesn't have video pass through (until I get the 3d upgrade when it becomes available...just using dual hdmi runs now for 3d from my oppo 93) so I've always had it at 1080p/60 for all directv. Could that be having any affect on the judder or pic quality from the sat box? Just not sure if the anthem is doing something that isn't playing well with what the sony is doing in terms of scaling. Sorry if that's a newbie question, but as I said a few pages back on this thread, I've never had a home theater component this nice or powerful so its putting my brain through the paces.
I haven't seen anyone mention gaming, but I like to play Call of Duty, and got a little worried at first when trying it out on the 1000...then put it in Game Mode and it was perfect. This setting isn't really an option for gaming, but a necessity as far as I could tell.
As for my screen, I'm going to keep reading what people are saying about all the new stuff. I'm happy with mine and its kind of built into a wall so it will be semi difficult to change out....but now that I've gone to this level of projector I'm keeping my eyes open on that subject. I do like the idea of a 2.0 variable aspect and throw the speakers behind the screen but I'm out of money now so its probably gonna be the carada for a bit. I can't really imagine changing screens would improve my pic a lot as my screen is really neutral with a little gain, but the 1000 makes me think at some point I'm going to want something bigger (like 135 inch or so) so who knows. Just thought I'd post that in case anyone has any thoughts or has been through something similar.
All in all, thanks JoeRod, Adidino and a few others who pointed me in the right direction. This really only happened because the shortage of 95s had me waiting a month, and in the meanwhile I kept reading this thread along with the others. So, I guess you're all to blame for the lighter wallet!!! In all honesty though, this one is going to last me a long time and as far as I can see so far I'll be happy as hell that whole time.