ive seen this projector, with and without the HQV only saw it in action for about 30 minutes and were getting one in the shop so hopefully soon i should see it in action a little more.
according to the epson rep, the only noticeable difference between this and the 800 is better contrast and better detail...hopefully less SDE. i havn't seen the 800 but i cant stand seeing the lines seperating pixels. same bulb, so same lumens (still 1600) this projector is plenty bright.
its my understanding it uses the same panels as the 800, just different optics....the 10k contrast ratio doesn't mean a whole lot to me since there just BS numbers anyways.
and for the HQV, it definatly sharpens up the pic. to me it seemed like as soon as he flipped it on that, the pic came more into focus. not that it was out of focus before, just better now. cleaned up some noise and artififact too....definatly a improvement in less then perfect old movie transisitions...fire looked more defined and less "bloomed" more dark detail......overall, its a nice add on but i can find somewhere else to spend 3.
ill probably end up with this over the ax100...maybe the 800. epson has nice discounts for dealer/employee's