Originally Posted by coderguy
You have the Benq w7000 for 3D now, how you like it?
I haven't decided what I'll do yet, honestly I've been in no hurry for 3D because not that much content I want to see. Leaning towards the Mits, but waiting on Z's final assessments. I'm letting the content build and not buying 3D anymore for a while so I can watch it all when I get a good 3D projector. I don't agree with some others that 3D always looks fake, though it can, but I've seen it get very close to looking out a window (more so on Epson than JVC). The JVC 3D is only good in dark scenes due to contrast (and sometimes not even then), otherwise it chokes. Actually some of the IMAX 3D was bareable on the JVC on a brand new lamp (and a couple animated flicks), but now it's totally a joke.
The 7000 I have here has a small (but noticeable) focus uniformity issue, and possibly a lamp issue (this could just be something I was seeing in the transfers though......not sure yet) so I have only spent about 6 hours with it. I have an advanced replacement on the way from BenQ and might get it this week still, but if not sometime next week. Having said that, I can say from my limited time that the 3d experience overall is a major upgrade over the 40/45! The COMPLETE lack of ghosting cant be stressed enough as far as how important this is for the 3d experience in general. Even though I would assume the actual depth and pop out is the same between the 7000 and my JVCs, I get the impression that both are more noticeable on the BenQ simply due to the lack of artifacts that detract from the experience. Even if ghosting does not bother you, I still firmly believe it has a significant impact on the 3d experience in general. You get the perception that both depth and pop out are more intense when you have no artifacts like ghosting and flicker to deal with. I am sure some could guess what disc I threw in first.........Patagonia.
To see this disc 100% ghost free was almost unbelievable. I did not think it was possible, but there it was and it was fantastic!
Flicker is another thing. Watching something like Toy Story 2 in 3d the other night which I checked out for about 30 minutes or so (I must have threw in 10 discs over the ~6 hours just checking out various things that I am familiar with) which would have noticeable flicker on the JVCs was so much easier to watch and the 3d was much more impressive in general.
FI in 3d...............this is everything I had hoped it would be and I would not buy another 3d projector without this! Having a low, med and high setting is nice and for something like the IMAX docs, or anything animated, the FI on the BenQ takes the 3d experience to a whole new level. Watching Grand Canyon for example I would watch ~30 seconds with FI off and then go back and watch the same segment with FI on and it was much more convincing and engaging for me with FI (I like medium the best from what I have seen so far). I dont use this for film as I have never liked what it does to the film look. Popping in Avengers the other night I could immediately tell FI was on and had to turn it off which made everything look right again as far as films go. The native DLP motion is very good to my eyes for film based content.
A few other observations, this thing is BRIGHT! Too bright actually for me with 2d which I never thought would be the case. I know this can be tamed in the service menu which I will experiment with when I get the replacement and I am guessing I can tame this to a good level for what little 2d I will watch (still going to use my RS45 for 2d movies as I much prefer it for that from what little I have seen of the 7000 so far).
SHARP! This 7000 is very sharp (at least the parts that were uniform on this particular sample which the replacement should fix) and a noticeable step up from my 45 which I always thought was very sharp. I actually prefer the look of the 45 as far as this goes for 2d movies, but for 3d I really like the added sharpness for whatever reason (?).
LOUD! Man, this unit is noticeably louder vs the 45 in low lamp, and high lamp is louder still of course. This wont be an issue for me under normal viewing when I have my sound cranked up, but watching the other night I had the volume way down from normal at -25 or so from reference (I usually watch movies at -1 which will easily drown out the fan noise) and it was loud. Also, I assume I am hearing what is the iris at work (?). The iris on this particular unit is pretty damn noisy, but again this will be a non issue I am sure when I am watching as I normally do with the audio cranked up.
I have a few little complaints, but nothing major and I am waiting on my replacement to see if some of my issues were due to this particular unit. Overall though, so far this 7000 is living up to my expectations as a 3d only unit which is saying a lot as my expectations were HIGH.
Significant improvement over the 40/45 I have owned and it cant be stressed how much a complete lack of ghosting, flicker and FI does for the 3d experience. I only use FI for animated films and documentaries, but over 2/3 of my 3d collection is either animated or documentaries so for me, this is a significant feature and something I would not be willing to do without in a 3d projector from this point forward.
I will report back when I get the replacement though and update my feelings/findings as things could change once I spend more time with it. So far so good though overall.