I spent some more time with the 5030 this evening. I found some interesting behavior with the memory settings. If you calibrate living room mode high lamp and also 3D cinema mode, you must load the memory setting for each respective setting even though the projector will switch modes automatically between 2D and 3D.
The issue is that you will still have the RGB corrections for the previous mode and grayscale will be way off.
For example - here's the modes I programmed:
2D low Natural
2D High Natural
2D High Living room
3D High Cinema
If you use the memory settings for each 2D mode, it will switch grayscale settings with no problem. if I go into 3D mode, the 5030 will select '3D Cinema' (which is correct) but it will have the wrong grayscale setting. You must still load the memory setting for 3D. now the grayscale will be correct.
Then if you flip back to a 2D mode, same thing, you must select the memory setting for correct grayscale. Not sure if this is 'as-designed' or a bug, but it's important to note if you program different memory modes.
I went back and watched some 3D after a calibration through the glasses. The 3D is very impressive on this projector, especially at this low price point. The image is rock solid, definitely better than the Sony HW50 and the JVC's. I don't expect this to change with the new models. For those sensitive to flicker, this is as close to DLP as it gets, even vs. the VW1000 which has about the same perceived flicker at the HW30 and HW50.
Journey to the Mysterious Island is an excellent 3D BD for checking color and sharpness in 3D. Left eye through the RF glasses.
The Rock is clearly impressed with the 5030's 3D performance.
some quick center lumen measurements, 10 hours on the lamp.
The projector is 20 feet from the 142", farther than I usually keep them.
Low lamp Natural mode - (D65) - 519 lumens
High lamp natural mode - (D65) 698 lumens
High lamp Living room mode - (D65) - 1173 lumens
Gamma gets a little strange in Living room mode and needs adjusting a bit.
@ Elix - I just saw the 780 TI was released, that went to the short list quickly since I am not messing with aftermarket fans for the ATI.