So I've only had a few hours with this projector. Much of my time was just trying to figure out stuff in the settings, and seeing the different options one has with this projector. I played some Forza Motorsport 3 on Xbox 360, watched a little Dark Knight, and topped it off with watching The Happiest Baby on the Block: The 5's to soothing your baby (we have a 10 week old and my wife insisted we watch it...so we did on the projector
). She later said, "I think I'm going to lose you to the basement."
Anyway, my initial impressions are that this projector is stunning. What's crazy is that I'm not even running this thing to its full potential because I don't own a blu ray player. I've been running everything through my xbox 360, so the DVD quality certainly is compromised, but it still at time impresses a lot simply due to the size of the image.
In terms of the fan noise, it certainly is noticeable with nothing playing, but even at three feet in front of me at coffee table height, I completely forgot about it. To those worrying about the fan noise, I would put it on the back burner. I was also even using the speaker from the projector, so if surround sound is a part of your setup you can worry even less. The one question I have for those who do have this projector are the different fan noises when going from "Normal" to "Eco". I did a few switches back and forth and I couldn't tell a difference at all. The picture is certainly brighter on Normal, but the fan speed doesn't seem to drop when going to Eco. I'd like to keep other's thoughts on this.
People also speak a lot about black levels when looking into projectors. This is my first and so I really can't compare it to anything. I really can't see how one could complain at the price point of $882. The picture is jaw dropping stunning. For example, I was playing around with it in the basement; watched a few scenes from Book of Eli, Dark Knight, and so forth. I did this for about 25 minutes. I then went upstairs to grab my wife to watch the baby movie. It's amazing how quickly the eye adapts because we have a 42" LED and this TV looked microscopic. I had to chuckle because I thought, "I can't believe I've been watching stuff on here." The color out of the box is great and I have no complaints about the details and/or black levels.
Now, onto my biggest worry...Rainbow effect. I may be jumping the gun here, but I saw absolutely no RBE. I searched. Hard. Reaaaalll hard. But I couldn't make out anything. I shifted my eyes, wiggled my head. You name it. But I couldn't find a thing. There is a scene in the Book Of Eli on youtube that I saw where RBE was all over the place. I rented this movie from the library to try out the same scene. No RBE to be found on the same scene. I want to keep trying it out to be safe, but I'm not too worried anymore.
Here are some quick pics that I took of the projector so far.
The 1st picture of each pair are from the settings taken on this thread. The 2nd picture is "Natural" in the color mode options.