Posted 16 December 2011 - 08:48 PM
Thought I might share my experiences and thoughts on my new TW8000 I picked up on Monday.
I'm upgrading from a 2 year old TW3000 and prior to that, a Barco 808 CRT projector.
My first impression was a great big thank you to Epson for leaving the mounting holes in the same postions for this generation of projectors which meant it was only a 30 minute job to take down the 3000 and put up the 8000. Also of note is that the remote control IR codes are the same, so I didn't have to reprogram the Harmony remote for basic funtions like power on/off and menu access.
As for the picture - WOW! - the brightness of the 8000 in its dimmest mode is brighter than the 3000 in Dynamic mode! It is almost too bright! I'm projecting onto a 130" 16:9 screen.
After a quick run through the standard settings and some 2D viewing, I played my recording of the 3D broadcast of the State of Origin NRL from last year and was blown away. I used the inbuilt 2D to 3D conversion mode to take the side by side recording and convert to 3D. The default 3D mode is 3D dynamic, which is stupidly bright without the glasses on, but Epson seems to have compensated well for the darkening effect of the glasses and the resulting picture once the glasses are on is very good. I'd say it's about the same brightness as I used to get from the 3000 in 2D in Cinema mode.
I decided on Tuesday that I needed to get 2 more pairs of glasses so the whole family could watch at once, so a bit of Internet research showed that the Panasonic 2nd and 3rd generation glasses were compatible. As no one seemed to have any extra Epson glasses in stock, and the Panasonics are available in a 3D Starter Pack with 2 pairs of the medium size glasses and the Avatar 3D Blu-ray I thought I'd give it a go. I got them on Tuesday from Bing Lee for $220, which seems pretty good value. The Panasonics are much lighter than the Epsons. They're also somewhat smaller in lens size, and they have a 2D mode so if someone doesn't want to watch in 3D, they can watch in 2D while still wearing the glasses. One caution though, I wear glasses anyway for watching, and the Epsons have enough room to easily fit over the top of my normal glasses. The Panasonics are a tighter fit, so if you have largish lenses on your normal glasses, you might have trouble getting the Panasonics over the top.
So, we've spent all week wathing 3D on it and I'm loving it. So far, in 3D, we've watched Rio, Pirates of the Carribean 4, Lion King and IMAX Space Station. We watched Pirates of the Carribean 4 in 3D in the cinemas and I was disappointed- it was too dark and lacked detail. However, the Epson nailed it and we were all impressed. The IMAX Space Station was very impressive. We haven't watched Avatar yet, that's for tommorrow night.
I can't say enough good things about this projector - the only slight disappointment is that the American models appear to have a panel convergence function which mine doesn't have. I don't know if the 9000's have it.
We have around 30 hours on the lamp now and I'm planning to do some more serious calibration on the weekend, but so far I'm very happy with it.