Originally Posted by conan48
Congrats guys. Get ready for many Jealous people awaiting your impressions. You should start the owners thread
Make sure to put the word official in the title
Thanks but I'm not sure I would do an official thread justice like someone as knowledge as Zombie would or have the commitment to maintain it. I will try to answer or test whatever anyone wants to know though and here is what I have at my disposal so far. The Sony 500es at the moment is ceiling mounted and shooting from around 11' 4" onto a Stewart filmscreen 110" 16:9 1.7 gain retractable screen( this will be changed very soon as it takes away from the image produced by the Sony, to much texture from the screen and I want to go to 120" since this projector is way bright enough to light it). I also have a darbee, a lumagen mini and an Oppo 93 to add into the mix. I also have two pairs of the Sony tdg-bt500a 3D glasses and 4 Sony mastered in 4k bluray movies to try out.
By the time I got home and mounted it up and set up to shoot on my screen I only had 20 minutes to spend with it as the wife made plans to visit some friends today and we didn't get home till 2am now but I'm off the rest of the week so will have lots of time to calibrate and test and answer anything anyone wants to know, just ask.
I can give a few impressions though so far. This projector replaces my Sony hw50, length is about the same but the 500es is wider, thicker and a bit heavier, with it ceiling mounted most of the weight seems to come from the left rear section so I did have to adjust my mount a bit for that. It feels solid and well put together, not like a hunk of plastic like the hw50. My only knock on the 500es is when you see it face on, you can see right into the projector looking at the lens, it would have been nice if they were able to finish that area off a little nicer. Maybe a auto lens cover would have helped in that regard.
The motorized lens controls worked well but I almost seem to miss the manual focus for some reason. I found that to be a bit easier to dial in my focus versus the motorized one but then again it doesn't help when there's no pixel structure to pick out like on the hw50.
I won't comment on colours out of the box or black levels as I only got to watch at most 10 mins of a movie. I will give my impression on this after I have some time with it.
They have added a lot more features to the menus, a few new motion flow settings to try, you can set the brightness on the auto iris but haven't tried that yet and a few other settings that I will mention after I get some sleep.
Last few things I can say is fan noise for me anyways is not a concern. When I first powered it up I thought it wasn't to bad and was going to set the lamp to high to see how loud that setting was and was surprised that it was already in high mode. I put it into low and it sounded no louder than the hw50 when it's in low. So I will have no worries leaving it in high I believe. Other thing is its a lot brighter than the hw50 when they are both in high mode, you can see the difference and I'm happy about that, means I can go to a bit bigger screen or a finer and lower gain screen with no worries.
That's all for the moment, I know it's a little dry what I wrote so you can see why I'm not sure if I want to start the official thread but if anyone has suggestions or methods of testing just let me know, I'm here to answer or try.