Kris Deering was out yesterday to calibrate my audio / video of my NX9, Panamorph DCR, Lumagen, Lexicon MC-10, subs, etc. He showed up at 1pm, and we were at it to well past midnight. One issue after another. Computer driver issues, software issues (with things like REW not seeing the equipment). A MiniDSP that couldn't be properly calibrated due to the previous issues mentioned. A second, different brand sub controller (brand new) not working as it should and exhibiting issues he's never seen. Electrical issues causing feedback in the system, weirdness with the preamp iOS app / settings showing they were in place - yet not, etc. He said he'd never seen so many issues before, and none of it could be tied to one thing. All equip is brand new, and most of which, he was setting up himself, or removing and setting back up to troubleshoot... It seemed like everything (except for the NX9) had issue after issue.
Finally, after hours upon hours, I think we finally got it all dialed in. He said that my NX9 had the highest native out of the box contrast he'd measured at 30k:1. One that he just configured the previous week had a native contrast of 22k:1. Somehow, I guess I lucked out a bit on the unit.
It'll take a while for me to fully learn the Lumagen. While it's mostly plug and play now, simple things will need to be setup - like programing for Simple Control's remote app system, setting up macros, etc.
However, now that its up and live, I can say that the DCR lens and Lumagen made a significant difference. I compared several scenes (for example, in Blade Runner 2049, where they're in the rain after the holographic girlfriend can move freely around), where I couldn't make out details before. In this case, before the Lumagen / DCR, I couldn't see their faces well at all, they were too dark. Now, they're incredibly clear. Other scenes, like the difficult ones commonly displayed with The Meg, the details were far more clear, zero banding issues, perfect uniformity (most of which is a testament to how great of a projector the NX9 already is), and so on. I use a Shield for 99% of my viewing, and will kick over to an Apple TV for Netflix/Amazon streaming. So, I was likely not getting the full HDR data needed for some of these movies before, and that might have played a part here. Either way, I don't have to worry about that anymore.
I'll definitely need a week to fully play with everything, and to get a full chance to experience and enjoy it all, but I can say that it's an incredible experience.