Originally Posted by zombie10k
The 1000 is a great projector but it takes a while to warm up until the convergence settles in so I use it mainly for movies. I would use the Planar more, but the throw distance doesn't really work in my setup.
it's mainly about convenience. It's bright @ 900+ lumens, fast boot up and the lamps are cheap. I leave it on for 6-8 hours without thinking about it. Plus the 3D is nice on this model.. zero flicker or x-talk and it has my favorite 3D glasses.
it's certainly not perfect, but still find it quite a bargain @ the woot deal price.
I'm going to post this here simply because Sharp's are very hard to come by and there are still a few Mits floating around.
I think you under-rated the Mitsubishi hc7900 / hc8000 (or you had a bad sample), because it did not work on your screen and screen size, no offense. I just got my hc7900 in, it seems to be better than the Benq w7000 IMO other than brightness.Things that are different on my unit than yours were:
1) The hc7900 I received has no focus uniformity problem at all, the focus uniformity is virtually as perfect as the JVC or w7000, It is sharper than the Epson 5020 and 5010 I've seen. The hc4000's I've seen all had some focus uniformity issue, this projector FIXES that, it does not share (at least my sample) the same focus uniformity issue that all my hc4000's had. I'll have pictures at the end of the week showing my CLOSEUP EAGLE IMAGE between all 3 projectors overlapped.
2) Although not quite as sharp as the w7000 on TEXT when at +1, I'd say natively it might actually be sharper, the only issue is that the Mits sharpening algorithm is lacking on text. When I turn both the w7000 and hc7900 to ZERO sharpness, I'd say the Mits has a slight advantage, only when I set them both to +1 does it appear the Benq takes back a slight advantage. Seems to me its just a poor sharpening algorithm (but not that bad, only slightly). I'm going to try to run it through a third-party sharpening that will affect text and see if I can make it sharper looking than the w7000.
IMO, the hc7900/hc8000 is the sharpest sub-$2000 projector NATIVELY without enhancements, and might actually be the sharpest NATIVELY under $4000 (still evaluating) other than the JVC's. When comparing many of these PJ's with no enhancements, the Mits seems unnaturally sharp for a 0.65" DLP.
3) The hc7900 was said to be slightly brighter than the hc8000, it's too bright on my 106" HP screen even mounted for only 1.3 gain. It's about right for 3D, but too bright for 2D. Lamps are so cheap (I can get them under $100), that I don't really care about it not being as bright as the w7000 to be honest.
4) There is a white-level uniformity issue (red tint) on the bottom left (and slightly on entire left side), but I've seen this on about 70% of DLP's I've owned. It always wears off after a few hundred hours. Since it's only in the bottom left corner, not enough to bother me really. It has something to do with the lamp wear-in process needing to lose more red and auto-balance itself. It's not really noticeable in video so much unless I am looking for it.
5) The OOTB color accuracy is similar to the w7000, a bit too much red on the hc7900 vs. too much green on the w7000. At 200 hours should be closer.
6) WOW it's so QUIET, this thing is as quiet as my JVC is on lamp low. Crazy quiet, quietest DLP I've ever owned by far, and actually probably the quietest projector on LOW overall. I have to put my ear right up to it to hear it. The Benq is way way louder, not even close.
I'm still evaluating VIDEO, this is as far as I have gotten.