Originally Posted by Flavio Amorim
I am looking at buying a 1080p projector. Is the benq w1070 a good choice? Which one would you recommend?
The contrast of the h180x is 18000:1 not 4000:1
So it is. I only looked at the Amazon listing which shows the HD66 and H180X side-by-side, and read off the wrong contrast ratio.
The BenQ w1070 was a top contender for when I was doing my setup because it boasts good color reproduction and brightness. I recall that the black levels were reported to be decent. Comparing it to your Optoma, though, I'm not sure if there'd be a lot of difference. Single chip DLP projectors aren't known for great black levels compared to 3-LCD or other high-end systems. With the w1070's top reviews and low price, it would have been a winner for me except for the limitations it has with throw distance. For my particular setup, I was not able to make it work (using calculations) with the only place I could mount it and the size of screen I needed. I looked at other DLP and some LCD projectors but couldn't find anything better. Eventually, I realized that by trying to keep costs minimum I was only putting myself in a position where I'd be buying a placeholder unit and unsatisfied long-term with the image from the sub $1000 projectors.
Before you get set on any particular model, a question you should answer is: what don't you like about your existing setup? If it's just resolution, that's an easy fix. If you're looking for great color reproduction, or intense blacks, or a more authentic cinematic look...those are other issues. For me, those last three things were really important to me, and so I had to substantially up my budget. I got an Epson 5030UB and haven't looked back. But, even that model was to facilitate my room, my screen, and my viewing conditions. They're not the same as yours.
If I had a dedicated room like yours, I'd be thinking about a 120" to 135" 2.35:1 screen using a 1.0 gain Stewart screen with a JVC or Sony 4k projector, aiming to get at least 16fL - 20fL image brightness. But that's some money right there, and for me, also a different house.