I just recently installed a BenQ W6000 to light up a 125" wide 2.37 Seymour Centerstage XD at about 17ft from screen. I am coming from a Mitsubishi HC3000 ( " 720p " ).
The issue is no matter how well I focus (on cross hatch pattern& menu text), I cannot get text or the picture overall to be razor sharp. The overall image from a blu ray (Kung Fu Panda 2, Star Wars - A New Hope) just does not have that sharpness when compared to my Mits HC3000 that is even lower in resolution! So I thought, ok, maybe calibration would help. I performed grey scale calibration (using Eye1 LT + Calibration for Dummies
) and while the color improved a lot, the image still is not razor sharp and still missing that punchy DLP look that I am accustomed to from the Mitsubishi. It's weird but a close up shot of someone's face, I can see the fine details like facial pores fine. But a scene with a wide angle shot (ie Star Wars Star Destroyer fly over ) does not look as sharp as it should. I also want to note that I am not even zooming the image to fill up the 2.37 screen (aka "zoom method").
As a test, I took my old Mits and also placed about 17 ft back against the same Seymour screen and same HDMI cable. To me, the menus look sharper and the overall image looks more refined . I did take the screenshots below with my phone so there could be some shaky hands factor here but I think it's still obvious the Mitsubishi menu text is sharper (2nd photo below). In person, it looks as crisp as "AV Memory 2" as shown in the 2nd photo as opposed to "ISF Night" in the BenQ photo. It may not be obvious in the BenQ photo but when I see it person, it looks a bit out of focus (no matter how I adjust focus ring) and I suspect is also affecting the overall performance.
I also performed a search on this thread and saw Coderguy's response on page 59
. Could I be having a defect with my unit? After reading over and over about how razor sharp the W6000 is, I am sad that I am not seeing it and it just does not seem right that my Mits HC3000 appears sharper and the overall picture quality more refined than the BenQ!