I've had the 8000 set up since last Tuesday, only really got to do some viewing on Friday. Previous projectors have been Panasonic and Sony. The 8000 is an upgrade from my Panasonic 4000. I've not done any calibration beyond the very most basic brightness/contrast. Some observations:
- Detail is much better. I believe this may be in part to better convergence and better focus. I could never get the corners and center all in focus with the 4000.
- Much brighter (admittedly, the 4000 has about 1000 hours on the lamp so side by side comparison isn't possible).
- Much better blacks than the 4000.
- Much better color... almost too saturated.
- Color uniformity is still an issue. Hanging from the ceiling, the top of the picture is noticeably blue while the bottom is red. Now this is very slight but it is there. The 4000 had a much worse issue with red in the lower right corner.
Ghosting... this is my first 3D projector so I cannot compare it to anything but theatrical screenings. I have huge issues with ghosting with any presentation using a linear polarized system (most Imax, etc). I am seeing a fair amount of ghosting on the 8000. I am constantly trying to dial it out with the 3D mode option but it seems to only correct the very shot that I'm viewing. Perhaps it is due to setting screen size incorrectly on the projector (which doesn't allow me to set exact size of 106") and the blu-ray player (Sony S790)? I've even tried using dynamic mode in hopes of heating up (and therefore, speeding up) the LCD chips (something suggested elsewhere). Perhaps I'm just very sensitive to ghosting? I'm using the 3rd generation Panasonic glasses. I do wear prescription glasses myself.
The 3D discs I've viewed are The Avengers, Hugo, TinTin, Creature from Black Lagoon, Tron:Legacy and Transformers 3. Oddly enough, some of the shorts on the Sony 3Net app on the blu-ray player showed much less ghosting than the discs.
Any advise on eliminating these ghosts would be greatly appreciated. I'm thrilled with the 2D performance, less so with 3D.