Got the projector up lastnight and was able to spend a little bit of time with it, but not as much as I would like due to a commitment to take the kids out to look at xmas lights..
Initial impressions are great. Here are my thoughts so far:
1. the RS65 is a lot brighter than my RS50 was. The difference for me is night and day on my 2.:35, 130 diag, 1.4 gain Black Diamond 3 screen. The RS50 lit it up, but I was alwasy wanting for more light. I never did see the RS50 for 3D. The RS65 is so bright even with the IRIS cranked down to the max, its still a major difference. I guess part of this is the new bulb. My RS50 had 150 hours on it. I like the extra brigtness, but I do hope that it will dim a little over the next 50 hours or so.
2. Lens memory - works great. Easy to use and so far pretty exact. I have it set for 16x9 and 2:35 and love it. Others have complained on the time it takes to change aspecs, but for me this is not a problem. Would be nice if it was one button rather than a few button presses, but it works well and is a big improvement over manual.
3. Black Level - as indicated above this is a bright projector, and on a full black screen has higher black levels than my RS50. I attribute that to the new bulb in part. During normal movie use I cant tell a differerence. It looks great, its only duriung fade to black that I can notice it. Overall I am happy with the black level althought I dont think its a step up at this point.
4. eshift - works, no pixel structure is visable at my seating dist or right on top of the screen which is cool. I havent compared to having it turned off, but the picture is pleasing and not digital. Coming from a G90 I can say that the picture is sharper with eshift on than my g90 was, but so was my RS50. Overall I have no complaints on eshift and I havent noticed any artifacting induced because of it. If someone could PM me how to access the service menu I would like to compare with it on and off to give a better opinion. Overall happy with it though.
Problems: - I have the white letter smearing issue talked about on the RS55 thread. Only noticiable if you are right up on top of the screen and disapears when you backup a few feet, but its there. Not sure what can be done about that. Another thing is when in focus mode, I have noticed that when I first start the make the focus adjustment the lens shifts a like 2-3 inches to the upper right before starting to focus. The next time I do adjustment it shifts back. The focus itself works fine, just shifts at first. Did not see that on my RS50.
I plan to have the unit calibrated. I am not that technical to discuss the color profiles. I currently run the unit in the vivid setting because I like saturated colors.
I will post more tonight as I get more time to play with it.