I would say the blacks on the UHZ65 (calibrated) were better than the HT9060. Granted nothing is calibrated on this projector. I am also failing to see really any discernible difference between normal/eco/ecosmart as far as black level is concerned. I pause the movie and switch modes on a darkish scene and I really can't see any difference at all. The only difference in black really came with switching to HDR where it was substantially darker.
I'd also say the amount of illumination reduction is minimal in any of the modes. Full, of course, is a little brighter but not very much. Blacks do look pretty dark on HDR mode however the colors are all jacked up so it probably needs calibrated to make a fair comparison.
In general I am extremely happy with this projector. There is no question it is better for me than the UHZ65 calibrated version I had. The picture looks more natural (not sure how else to put it), it is razor sharp even with 720 and 1080p content. The brightness is more than sufficient for ambient light on my 115" wide screen.
I would rate the projectors as 7.0/10 for the modified UHZ65 and 8.5/10 for the HT9060. There is literally 0 rainbow effect I have seen, the projector comes on in about 8 seconds and I have 0 worries about it dimming over the next 10 - 12 years. Could the blacks be better, probably, sure. But for the price and the solid state LED light I really think anyone would be hard pressed to beat this projector. I have not seen the LK970/LK990 so I can't comment on any comparisons to that projector. Also my screen is not giant at 10' wide but probably not small either. Maybe black levels will increase after calibration. I think it was the projector reviews guy who said it never bothered him on the 9050 because of how good everything else is. I agree.
To me the negatives of this projector are the size/weight (need to figure out how to modify my already beefy mount to accommodate it as I custom cut a 2x2 to rig it into place), probably needs custom calibrated, and the blacks could be blacker.
The fan noise has settled down actually, I do not hear the fly dying in the buzzer sound anymore, maybe that was just burning off the oil or something on the bulb but since I literally sit 3.6' under the projector I can hear everything.
The stars are from Lost in Space 4k and the other 2 are from Passengers 1080.
Bottom Line: I will be keeping this projector!
P.S. These pictures are with 0 calibration and are out of the box just in case someone comes back months or years later looking at these as to be calibrated examples.
Last edited by svtdougie; 01-25-2019 at 08:28 PM.