I was asked to post this in the owner's thread. I got my X35 this morning, so here are a few of my thoughts so far, coming from a HD350. I have an Isco II lens, Darbee and a Lumagen Mini3D so I decided that I didn't need to spend the extra £2,100 (in the UK) for the X55:
Just done a very basic set up (the lamp will no doubt settle over the first 100 hours anyway): Just gone for a User setting, 6500K, custom gamma at 2.2, Standard colour space and everything else is still at zero after a quick check with AVS HD709. There is an extra 'Black level' setting that I will have a play with later: There is a bit of light getting past my curtains as it's bright day here, so hard to tell what the setting does.
The very good news is that at these basic settings (and my Lumagen in circuit, but set to 'neutral') I can hit 94 Lux with the aperture down to -15. This gives me 12-14fL and maximum contrast (~50,000:1) due to the minimum zoom/minimum iris setting.
I have to open it up to -8 for 2.35:1 content with my lens (the steps seem to give smaller increments than my HD350 did), so less contrast in this wider aperture setting.
A quick watch of the start of Casino Royale (the last disc I watched on my HD350) shows that motion is smoother even with the CMD set to 'off'. It may not be as good as the Sony, but I still appreciate the improvement (HD350 never bothered me on this score, but I can see this is better). The picture is very sharp (again a nice improvement over the HD350) and convergence looks good, though I moved the Horizontal Blue setting one click to the right as it seems a hair sharper using a white grid test pattern from the Lumagen.
I've set up a 1.85:1 lens memory for use without my lens and another for 2.35:1 with my lens in place. It takes a few seconds to adjust but in practice by the time I've moved the lens (it's on a stand) the projector will have adjusted ready for whichever aspect I'm viewing. A side bonus with my particular installation is that the image for 2.35:1 can be made slightly
smaller than with my HD350, so I can reduce the masking applied in my Lumagen.
The remote sensor must be in a different place or is more sensitive than my HD350 as with my Lens in place I no longer struggle to get the remote to work, which is another nice improvement for me.
Will do some more tweaking later I expect once it gets a bit darker. Merlin* and Strictly come Dancing* will no doubt be my son and OH's choices respectively, so I'll just sit and marvel (I hope) at the improved blacks and smoother motion. :thumbsup:
* BBC HD broadcasts shown on a Saturday night 1080p broadcasts so tend to look better than typical over the air HD fare.