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Currently I have both the BenQ W1070 and the Sharp 30K in my theater. I have auto-calibrated both with Chromapure and a Lumagen.
In a blind test of 2D movie viewing, 3D movie viewing, or web surfing on a desktop, I am pretty sure no one could pick out which one was which unless they were looking for a specific memorized cue. They are that similar. Of course the obsessed on this forum could make an educated guess with a 50/50 chance of being correct short of specifically knowing what to look for. And, before anybody asks, I have not taken time to measure brightness. I am watching on a Seymour Centerstage 128" diagonal in a way less than perfect environment. While it is light controlled, I have white walls and ceiling (I am assured by my wife that in the new home build coming soon I can add whatever black treatment I choose).
Regarding focus on the Sharp; the machine I have has very good uniform edge to edge focus. Certainly not the optics of a much higher end projector, but it doesn't suck either.
Anyway, after going back and forth between the 2 projectors for the past 2 weeks for surfing, basketball, and 3D I actually prefer the BenQ. Still watching my JVC for awesome 2D. I hope the BenQ lasts a while before a failure of some sort, because really, the craftsmanship and build quality is crap. The Sharp on the other hand is well built and offers great mounting flexibility. FWIW, I will keep the Sharp for anamorphic 3D in the new theater build to compliment the 2D of the JVC; of course by that time there will be another new year model on the horizon.