Edit: projector is set to "Cinema 2" and low lamp.
Edited by youngmic - 11/21/13 at 3:23pm
So I ended up getting a 55ES today, which is my very first projector. On a 16 foot throw to a 137" temporary screen right now (just using raw material from Carl's to test everything out).
I'm floored. This thing feels decadent. Haven't even delved into calibrations yet, but the picture is sharp and beautiful. Watched The Fifth Element since I'm familiar with how it should look and it has lots of great color plus the black of deep space. It was a better experience than a lot of theaters I've been too.
It's amazing what you get used to. I had no idea just how bad the quality and color of my old 50 inch rear projection was. I knew it wasn't great, but wow. What a difference.