Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: ottawa, ontario canada
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I had a chance to spend a few hours with this projector last night. Many thanks to Kelvin also an AVS member who invited me over for the unboxing at his home. Both Kelvin and I have had many LCD units and I currently own a JVC so this was our first real test with a DLP home theater projector. Kelvin has a beautiful home theater setup, all sound treated and is using a 106" Dalite High power screen. We tested mostly 3d with bluray iso's and also Black Ops 2 via xbox 360.
We were using a temporary setup projecting off of his couch, the lens shift is very limited and adjusted by using a screwdriver (first I've seen of that). First impressions was a very bright, punchy, sharp image. Did a quick eyeballing of contrast and brightness and brought the sharpness setting down and then got right into 3d. My experience with 3d in the theaters has been limited, I saw Harry Potter last year and left unimpressed. I do however own a LG passive 55" 3d tv and although I do enjoy the odd bit of 3d on it I find the screen too small to be satisfying. I was lucky enough to spend a few hours watching the new Sony HW50es at another member's home a few weeks ago.
This projector does 3d very well. In my opinion much better than the Sony. I believe that LCD/LCOS technology just isn't there yet to do convincing 3d. This little Benq puts up a beautiful 3d image. No ghosting, no flickering, panning is smooth and it is plenty bright. We watched a few scenes from Avatar, Titanic,Hugo,Tangled and I believe the Avengers and I was astounded by the image. Black ops2 was also very good. Much, much better than my LG passive panel.
Contrast and black levels is certainly not on par with my projector but it is by no means a slouch.
So, my pros and cons
handles motion very well
Cons: Lens shift is pretty limited
contrast and black levels are no match for my current projector JVC HD250
a little noisy but not objectionable
light leakage from the front
this particular unit had a small dust blob visible in the light path
unfortunately didn't play any of my 3D HSBS files
I did notice the odd rainbow
If it goes back on sale after Xmas I will definitely be picking one up as a 3d, gaming,sports unit to add to my JVC. At $1000 its hard to go wrong.
JVC HD 250