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Refurbished w 1070 from the benq website for $677. Maybe it's been listed before, but this is such a nice price I thought I would share.
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Refurbished w 1070 from the benq website for $677. Maybe it's been listed before, but this is such a nice price I thought I would share.

Tempting. What's the refurb warranty on Benq?

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One year for the projector itself, other than the lamp which is 180 days or 500 hours on the bulb, whichever comes first.
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Ahhh so basically the same warranty as buying it new...now that is a tempting thought.

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Great deal! I'm even more confused now, I have 3 days to return my Optoma hd131xe and I was thinking about the 1070. The optoma is good but the image noise bothers me some. Any last minute thoughts? I've read post after post after post after post after post and I still unsure if I should get the benq.
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I would take the BenQ over the Optoma

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That looks like a good deal, I see the Benq always recommended. Would you recommend it over the viewsonic pdj7820?

 

http://www.projectorcentral.com/parts_compare.cfm?pid_1=7265&pid_2=7423

 

This comparison chart makes it looks like the viewsonic is better. It's also brand new on amazon and cheaper. So why the benq?

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That looks like a good deal, I see the Benq always recommended. Would you recommend it over the viewsonic pdj7820?

http://www.projectorcentral.com/parts_compare.cfm?pid_1=7265&pid_2=7423

This comparison chart makes it looks like the viewsonic is better. It's also brand new on amazon and cheaper. So why the benq?

the 7820 is ok, but it's brightness levels are ridiculous, it will wash out the picture with too much brightness. the benq has (from all accounts) better color reproduction as well as black levels...plus viewsonic projectors have typically had poor build quality. add in the fact that the BenQ has a 6x color wheel while the viewsonic has a 2x

if you wanted to save some money over the benQ, then from all recommendations the Optoma 131xe is very similar to the Benq for about $719 right now
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From someone who had both the 131xe and 1070 side by side, o would take the benq hands down. Much better color accuracy and noise. I thought it just had that film look we all are looking for. I would get the benq
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Thanks wormraper and butie120, looks like I might be changing my plans then. This would be my first projector, is it risky getting a refurbished projector vs. brand new? $677 is a very good deal... Just for the peace of mind alone though I might be willing to get it full price.

 

So more brightness doesn't = a better picture. For some reason I assumed the more lumens the better...

 

Will the benq1070 play 3D PC games, 3D blu-rays, and 3D video games on PS3? And on projector central it says, "~~ H-Sync Range 15.0 - 102.0kHz V-Sync Range 23 - 120Hz," does this mean it'll have 120Hz for gaming?

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Thanks wormraper and butie120, looks like I might be changing my plans then. This would be my first projector, is it risky getting a refurbished projector vs. brand new? $677 is a very good deal... Just for the peace of mind alone though I might be willing to get it full price.

So more brightness doesn't = a better picture. For some reason I assumed the more lumens the better...

Will the benq1070 play 3D PC games, 3D blu-rays, and 3D video games on PS3? And on projector central it says, "~~ H-Sync Range 15.0 - 102.0kHz V-Sync Range 23 - 120Hz," does this mean it'll have 120Hz for gaming?

I too have contemplated a refurb projector, but I went ahead and bought the 1080St for $799. It comes with the same warranty as a new one, but I'm saving anywhere from $75-150 depending on the price it's going for on Amazon. I've never bought a refurb projector, but I have more peace of mind knowing it's for 1 full year, just like yours (I know many warranties are decreased with refurb).

And no, more lumens does not equal a better picture. Lumens is required, but if you have controlled lighting you will get a better picture, better darks, better contrast, better color. Light control is more important than lumens itself. You only really need the high lumens count if you're projecting in a well lit room, say, a conference room, church, presentation, etc. Those projectors have 3000-4000 lumens but they are required because they have to fight light with light. 2000 lumens is plenty for home theater. Go with the Benq. You won't be disappointed.

The Benq will play 3D games and movies from your PS3. In regards to the 120hz for gaming, that I don't know.
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Thanks for the tip butie120. Why did you decide to go with the 1080st?

I checked it out and realized something I hadn't accounted for, and that was throw distance. At around 6 feet the 1080st will give me a 100 inch screen whereas the viewsonic and 1070 are only around 50-60. I might have only 6 feet, I might have a few more, but I don't have much room.

 

Is that why you decided to get the 1080st? Or are there other benefits? I might save up for that one instead.

 

edit: the 1080 is only $50 more on Amazon. Seems like a no brainer. I guess some people choose the 1070 if they have a large theater room and don't need the short distance? Otherwise why would anyone get the 1070, besides to save $50?

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Thanks for the tip butie120. Why did you decide to go with the 1080st?


I checked it out and realized something I hadn't accounted for, and that was throw distance. At around 6 feet the 1080st will give me a 100 inch screen whereas the viewsonic and 1070 are only around 50-60. I might have only 6 feet, I might have a few more, but I don't have much room.

Is that why you decided to get the 1080st? Or are there other benefits? I might save up for that one instead.

edit: the 1080 is only $50 more on Amazon. Seems like a no brainer. I guess some people choose the 1070 if they have a large theater room and don't need the short distance? Otherwise why would anyone get the 1070, besides to save $50?


the 1080 is a short throw projector (the the acronym st) and is BASICALLY the same thing as the 1070 ....just with a much shorter throw range... it's meant for uber short rooms where you need a large screen with little distance. the average pj throw range is around 10-13 feet for a 110 inch screen. many, like the epson 8350 are longer. the 1070 is already a REALLY short throw projector where you can get a 120 inch screen at 10 feet
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the 1080 is a short throw projector (the the acronym st) and is BASICALLY the same thing as the 1070 ....just with a much shorter throw range... it's meant for uber short rooms where you need a large screen with little distance. the average pj throw range is around 10-13 feet for a 110 inch screen. many, like the epson 8350 are longer. the 1070 is already a REALLY short throw projector where you can get a 120 inch screen at 10 feet

Yeah, for my application the short throw is needed. I need it because I have a soffit in my basement and it will mount right in front of that. I will mount it around 5.5 feet from the wall and still get a 115" image. Pretty nice. The other nice feature is that it reduces any sort of fan noise being that it's generally further away from the seating area. Plus, you don't have to worry about casting shadows by walking in front of the screen. It works great for me.
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