Originally Posted by Brookdene
Is there anybody in AVS that can state ' I am completely happy with my projector' there have been no problems, model version issues or technical problems whether it be the BenQ or any other DLP projector. Not had much chance to investigate issues with LCD models but I imagine they are not without problems. Let's hear from you contented owners.
I love my Planar 8150 (now sold as the Runco LS5). Bought it 4 years ago from AVS and it's been a joy ever since. It's the first projector I've had for more than a year or so. Only "complaint" I have with it is the black level, which could be better (but it could always be better), but not to the point that I'm yet willing to trade that for other sacrifices for other options (like motion handling/convergence/sharpness on LCoS models, or the $20k+ price for a Lumis or Mico).
FWIW, and I hope I don't derail the thread with this. I'm not really sold on BenQs quality. I had (still have actually) a W5000. It's a nice piece, through a nice picture (though not near as nice as my Planar) but I had trouble with the manual IRIS and it made 3 or 4 trips to BenQ to solve it, the last trip may
have solved it but it came back with other issues (random startup issues, random shutdowns). It could just come down to them trying to do too much to hit a price point. What I mean is feature wise my W5000 actually out does my Planar, the W5000 has a manual iris, the Planar doesn't, W5000 has motorized lens shift, the Planar doesn't. But you can just tell by handling/using them both that the Planar is much more well built with it's 3-4x higher MSRP than the BenQ and the fact that it's bulletproof for 4 years while the BenQ made 4 trips for service within one year bears that out.
I think what I'm trying to say is some of these "lower end" projectors just try to cram so many wiz-bang features in that they really can't be as well engineered and tested as they should be.
In contrast, my Planar is rock solid, never let me down, but it costs. Of course on the flip side there's your HD20, which IIRC is a very basic machine, but that just means Optoma didn't "waste" engineering/test time on wiz-bang features and they could make the ones they did implement work.
Oh, back to the question, my InFocus IN76 was rock solid too, it was also a "no frills" model. Though it seems InFocus has diverted attention away from Home Theater projectors lately.