OK, here's some quick scatter brain thoughts.
I calibrated all modes. By "calibrated", I mean uber basics, such as turning off interpolation and setting brightness and contrast only.
I find that "Natural" and "Bright Cinema" offer the best picture out of the box. "Cinema" is "Eco" mode. It sets off warmer tones and doesn't allow the image to pop at all. I guess a good mode if you want to...save energy?
Honestly, it's hard to tell the difference from Natural and Bright Cinema for my eyes. Both clipped whites the same on the AVS calibration disc. Both of these modes I would gladly "set it and forget" it to for gaming and cinema.
"Bright Digital" gave out the brightest picture I have ever seen in projectors. I felt almost blinded. This thing pours lumens out. Be warned, this mode will rev the fan up more.
Keep in mind my feedback is not using UHD discs, nor is it using 10-bit colors. I'm using the 5050UB with old stuff, but old good 1080p Blu-ray stuff.
First off, 4k enhancement for 1080p content blurs it up fine text to my eyes, just like I would imagine based on previous Epson screenshots. For movies, it is hard to tell when you switch it on/off, but for dashboards (PS3 AND Xbox), it blurs the text. By blur, don't take it literally, but I mean "smooths." It doesn't allow that crisp edge to be as crisp as it was with it off. I am deciding from this point on to leave 4k enhancement off for EVERYTHING 1080p sourced. Honestly, my take is that if you don't see pixel structure, leave this "Off" and don't look back for 1080p stuff.
Secondly, image enhancement is really cool. 4 and 5 are too harsh. 1 is not good enough. 2-3 are good settings, and it really adds a nice picture for everything I've seen thus far--far more than 4k enhancement does or should do. Right now I have it on "3", but I may further explore to see what is best, "2" or "3".
I'm a person that doesn't like my image altered or fussed with and image enhancement really is something that I can do. But, one thing I won't do is set a mode for each thing I do. So I will continue to see if "2" or "3" is best for 100% of everything. If it's 2, then I will leave it on 2. So far, 3 seems appropriate for the 3 movies I tested with.
How does this compare to an old 8700UB? It's not going to change your 1080p film experience in general, but I will say first and foremost the picture is VERY vibrant and punchy, where-as the 8700 was muted (but just as accurate). This thing obviously has more contrast--I can't tell you if the blacks seem blacker (probably so) but I can tell you that there is far more contrast in the picture which gives a pleasing image. Definitely an upgrade.
Not a $3,000 upgrade if all you want to do is 1080p 8-bit stuff, but definitely an upgrade.
This is a very good projector for 1080p cinema viewing. I'm excited to see what it does in gaming, HDR, and UHDs.
Last edited by FendersRule; 07-16-2019 at 07:52 PM.