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Sorry, I got busy yesterday and was unable to fire up the PJ's, will work on it over the next couple days (regarding the HW45ES vs HC3800).
The 45es is extremely accurate out of the box while the HC3800 is good (not excellent).
I will say that they trade punches, 45es wins one round and then the HC3800 wins the next (due to content/source variance).
With all three units in direct comparison (HT3550, HC3800 and HW45es) the 45es actually has the purest/brightest whites (D65/6500k), then the HC3800 and last the HT3550 (which honestly looks gray in comparison to the other two). Of the three my HT3550 is definitely the unit that will require the most calibration work versus it's best out of the box presets (regarding D65/6500k/rec.709).
I'll state the obvious, the 45es easily wins on native contrast (among the three being discussed). The HC3800 can get darker on full field black with the iris active. The 45es bests the HT3550 even with it's iris active. The downside to the HC3800 is the iris is visible at times, more so than the iris on the HT3550 (but the HC3800 iris is more aggressive).
The HC3800 and HT3550 beat the 45es when it comes to color, the Sony is limited to rec.709 while the other two can exceed it (especially the HT3550 with wcg filter).
I will post more on the 45es vs HC3800 but over-all (my opinion is that) it's more of a side-step than a true upgrade (going from 45es to the HC3800). Consider that my 45es is still very bright with only 187 hours of total use on it's original lamp. That does not mean that there are not certain areas where the HC3800 shines, it's just an uphill battle versus the 45es when it comes to over-all image quality under $2K.
More coming soon...
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