I got my Omega 3D kit in the mail yesterday, and played around a little bit with them before going to bed (I thought I could slap the system together in about an hour, but four hours later I finally made it to bed!). I am just testing the water, so to speak, so I can make a decision on how I want to have my permanent display set up--and I also promised a friend that I would build him a 3D theater as well. This is (keep in mind its only a test run!) my set up:
3D Bluray-->HDMI splitter--<
First impression: when I finally had everything all put together, I found myself believing that the Omega 3D is going to prove to be far superior to shutterbox technology.
To be honest, I was less than satisfied with the results I achieved, but that is simply because of how different my projectors are. My five year old HC1600 just can't hang with my new Acer H5360 as far as brightness and color goes, and the Acer doesn't even compare with the placement flexibility of my HC1600 (the HC1600 has two dimensions of keystone correction, while the Acer's is a complete joke). So it took some finesse to get the images lined up, and when I did, getting color and brightness to match was unattainable for my skill set. True to what motorman told me, I found that the left Omega filter was too much for the HC1600, but the right filter did a decent job. Both filters seemed to work ok for the Acer. But even finding the best filter combination left me with much to be desired as far as color/brightness matching is concerned, but the two pj's were miles apart before the filters were put on. I did the best I could with matching them up, mostly by turning brightness waaaaaaaaaaaaaay down on the Acer.
I bought Dredd 3D for the purpose of checking out the 3D systems (the Acer paired with a single 3D-XL is a system in its own, which I played with while waiting for the Omega filters). While there was a huge gap between the two projectors in color quality, some scenes did match fairly well, and it was there that I was able to enjoy what the Omega system had to offer. A smooth, natural, deeper 3D than the damn shutterbox. I realize that it is technically not "deeper" but I *perceived* the depth better.
So while I am hopeful about the results that are possible with the Omega system, I am perplexed on where I should go from here with projectors. Two 3D theaters is a costly venture, and I was hoping to do one theater with two HC1600's, and another with two Acer H5360's. But I have severe doubts about the HC1600's performance ability--although, to be fair, the Acer is ridiculously bright and colorful, so I may find that two 1600's together may work a lot better, but I now know how much "pop" I can get with the Acers, so will I ever be satisfied? Then I have the Acer's severely limited placement flexibility. I have major doubts about getting two of those nightmares lined up. Since I have the Mits lined up pretty darn good with the Acer in its "dead even, straight forward, no tweaks" position, I can let the Mits stand in for the Acer, and move the Acer 6" higher or so, and see if I can get it lined up again. If so, then I will definitely go with two Acer's.
Anyway, I am hopeful about the Omega's potential, and pleased with what I have seen so far. My only complaint is the reflective quality of the insides of the glasses. Even with the lights off, enough light leaked into the inside of my glasses to reflect light back and forth between my prescription glasses and the Omega lenses to be at least mildly distracting, but I did not give myself a chance to get "immersed" into the movie. The IMAX glasses have a glare that I notice when I first put them off, but do not bother me much when I watch a movie, and I believe the same will be true of the Omegas.