Originally Posted by 3Aims
Mine is unpacked and setup on my table. Kinda nervous to fire it up. My trusty Sanyo Z-5 almost let out a wimper when I moved it to the corner. Will post reaction later tonight.
Ok. The verdict? Freaking Love It!!!!!!!!
Quick background. My standards are probably lower than most. Coming from a Sanyo Z5 and current bulb has 1,000 hours on it. I have a 112" Carada BW screen. Bat cave media room. My wants are: (i) sharp picture, (ii) pop and great colors, and (iii) quiet.
All I did was change the color mode from Standard to Warm. Everything else is default such as: Default iris. BC on. 50s on all picture settings. Sharpness at 0. Face color at 3. Frame Interpolation is off by default. All I can think of for now.
Razor, and I mean freaking life like razor, sharp. Very bright in both lamp modes. Colors are awesome. This is with zero tinkering from default status.
Best of all, I would say the fan noise in Eco mode is on par with the Auto 1 mode I used on the Sanyo Z-5 (22-24 db - ish). Very quiet. The Normal mode is a bit louder but it's a dull fan noise and totally acceptable (26-28 db-ish). I plan on using the Normal mode if that tells you anything and I am a noise freak.
I brought the family in the media room and they were all blown away. We watched HDTV (X Factor and NFL - note we have FIOS and it's fairly high HD quality) and a Bluray for about 45 minutes. We did about 5 minutes of no audio to see if the unit noise bothered anyone. We are all within 2-4 feet of it. All approved. No whine or any sound that is distracting. To me it's the same fan noise the Z5 creates, just a true fan noise. I did not hear it at all with audio. I never heard the iris once. Not sure if I got a good unit or if all of them are like this. I have it table mounted and was sitting 2 feet behind it. I walked around it and listened from the front as I will be mounting this to the ceiling and it will be behind us. It intakes from the right side and exhausts from the left front. Same sound level up front in my opinion.
I'm totally thrilled and keeping it. As I stated, we are a HDTV mostly family and movies like 25% of the time. Probably not the best projector judge given our wants: (i) sharp, (ii) bright, and (iii) quiet. 3D is just a bonus.
The lens shift is great. My quick summary is with the unit around 13.5 feet from the screen and near the edge of the lens shift. I plan on mounting it around 15 feet. Middle of zoom.
Regarding the blacks. I would call them "good". I would put them in the middle of the Epson 8350 and 8700. I've tried both in the last two months. Coming from an old Sanyo Z5 I think the Benq's blacks are great, but having seen a 8700 in my media room I can say that they are not on that level. However, the Epson units are no where near as sharp. Not even close.
No 3D videos at the moment. That is a bonus for us.