Well, my 5030UB just came in today. I replaced my 1080UB I bought 5 years ago.
First Impression, is I am impressed. I recalibrated the black & contrast levels. The blacks were almost spot on out of the box. The whites(Contrast) were a bit off. I have not done anything with the color levels yet. Picture looked fantastic on the Blu ray Hunger Games.
I am projecting the image on to a 150" 2.35:1 cinemascope 1(no gain) screen and using the zoom method, so even losing 25%+ of the light, it still is a light cannon. I could only image it with a A lens instead of zooming would really impress.
The noise in bright mode level on my machine as 42db. Seriously only on a extremely quiet scene did I even notice the fan. 42db is almost nothing, If you ever get a chance to use a db meter, you can blow on it and it reads that. Well plus with my 900w SVS sub rocking my theater, I could care less on the small fan noise. Normal brightness mode blew away my old projector and even with lights on in my theater, the pictuce still looked decent.
Ill post more later as I get into the 30-40 hour range and start to adjust the color levels, etc
All in all, is it worth $2599, absolutely!!
One last thing, I like the more beefy look of the 5030
and the power cover for the lens when off is nice
SteveEdited by SteveFred - 11/21/13 at 8:48pm