Originally Posted by rprice54
Okay, got a little time here. Moving up from an Epson 8500UB, only had 700 ( mostly ECO) hours on the bulb, so it was still plenty bright. Had a chance to move up to a 3D unit (ie my buddy wanted my 8500) so we did it. I have a legacy AVR so I had to spend a little time setting up and convincing the blu ray player to send 3D to the PJ and Audio to the AVR. Thus the need to run two new HDMI cables as well. I'm using a 110" diagonal Elite Cinetension (1.1 gain) screen, HP isn't an option for me- wide viewing angles and ceiling mounted PJ. Plus I already own the screen. PJ is 12 feet from the screen. Anyways...
3D: First thing I did was fire up the PJ and start Cars 2 for the kids. I didn't change any settings. I think it defaults to 'Dynamic' with medium glasses setting. At first it seemed a little hard to watch, then I turned on the FI (which I normally don't like)- Wow. My first experience with home 3D, so I have no comparison. I've had issues with CRT flicker in the past, I seem to be sensitive to that, so I was a little nervous. Happy to say, no crosstalk, no flicker. The 3D, to me, was more of a depth, like looking through a window, than in your face reach out and grab it kind of effect, although there were a few of those thrown in for good measure. But I liked the depth effect, very cool. Only watched about 30 min or so, my eyes did feel a little dry/tired, but maybe I just wasn't blinking.
Next, tried the Avengers 3D. Turned it down to THX mode for 3D to see how the brightness would be. The first several scenes are very dark, and I do have to say it was a bit dim, but once the movie got going and moved onto brighter scenes there was enough brightness. I tried setting the glasses to the brighter setting but immediately my wife complained of 'seeing double' and she doesn't have any idea what crosstalk or ghosting is. So had to back that off. The 3D effect was not as well done, don't know if that's just the movie or how live action will look. The people seemed flat, but moving around in different planes from each other, does that make sense? It was like 2D people on a 3D set. I didn't watch the whole movie though, it was getting late. The scenes where Tony Stark has his holographic displays up were amazing though. I was happy my wife didn't get sick or anything, she seems to be sensitive to motion sickness, I was hoping 3D wouldn't be a bust for her.
Summary: I can see where people without FI and without the extra brightness would be disappointed in prior iterations of 3D. I'm glad I waited for this one. Seems like I'm gonna have to run 3D in full brightness mode at some point for darker movies. I'm a little nervous that 3D will loose it's pop before the bulb is really done, although for me, 700 hours over 4 years with the 8500, maybe this won't be an issue. If I were starting from scratch I might look for a little higher gain screen. Animated flicks for the kids, though, are amazing.
Can't comment on super resolution, I used the Chief Universal mount and the PJ isn't square to the screen yet, so half the image is out of focus. Gotta tinker with it. I usually don't like sharpening artifacts.
Haven't tried 2D yet. I've always been 100% happy with my 8500, so I can't imagine this will be any different.
Tried pixel shifting and now all them menus are pink. Gonna reset it and not even look for problems unless I see something at viewing distance. Nice to have I guess. Sometimes I think we get too obsessed with our hobbies and perfection.
PIP does work as I mentioned above, but the second screen is so small, it's a wash. I wish you could super size it. I've got room for it. But I will use it.
Only have Epson glasses. Ordered the cheapo Samsung glasses for the kiddos. I'll see if I can tell a difference.
That's my unofficial review. Here's to happy viewing.