Originally Posted by Craig Peer
Buying the current model at a reduced price always makes sense.
For what it's worth, we went ahead with the 40es. The image is still just making me smile. Episode IV was our first screening on the new PJ, and it was a revelation. The color (hints of red) and texture in Chewy's fur is just one example of the "seeing for the first time" experience that we are having. Also, the 3d is unbelievably nice -- not a gimmick, but a real feature that is usable and attractive for regular real-world viewing (using the inexpensive PS3 IR glasses).
Out of the box, there was about a 1 pixel misalignment problem (one color shifted up/left, the other down/right), but this was easily and globally corrected via the built-in alignment tool.
Got a great deal, and couldn't be happier with the results. The picture is silky and rich. Very filmy. Good saturation. Good contrast. Good balance. I like the size and heft of the unit, and the quality that it seems to imply. I like the zoom and shift flexibility (although I did unexpectedly have to aim down just a *bit* to hit the lower screen edge, with very minor keystoning consequences -- NOT using the digital correction). Although it is possible to do better, the optics seem very serious -- we're getting sharp pixel definition. The light output is uniform and plenty bright. It is surprisingly OK with some lights on, but stunning in the dark. The unit runs very quietly. There is an overall sensation of "not a toy" with this PJ.
On the personal wish list would be i) auto zoom memory [our screen is 10' wide, 2.4:1, and I manually reconfigure according to the format for constant height], and ii) 4K resolution, but both features (especially the second) imply a different price category or other tradeoffs. It seems like it would be very tough to hit the price/performance ratio harder than this unit does for the time being. I had very high expectations, and it is delivering.