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post #7921 of 9833 Old 03-03-2014, 01:34 PM
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Thanks kreeturez! You were correct in that changing the aspect ratio to real or auto fixed it.

Good to hear you're in business!!

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Yeah! Riddle solved. Great Morkeleb glad it's working as it should.

BYGFOOT: I too want to replace the fans with something less obnoxious. I'll wait until it's out of warranty then I certainly will. Should be easy-peasy. Yesterday I upgraded my firmware on my Benq W1070 from 1.06 to 1.08. I found that the (auto source) search times for changing between inputs was dramatically less. It wasn't too difficult to flash using the USB cable from my laptop to the projector. Directions are a little cloudy and I had to install the TI (Texas Instruments) drivers and reboot my Win7 laptop before I was successful. I did not save my configurations (User 1) prior to firmware flash, I just set them again, fairly quick to do. I like the "Withers" settings. YMMV. After flashing and resetting I thought the picture was clearer/crisper than with 1.06, could easily by my imagination. Watched Gravity Blu-Ray last night. Beautiful and breathtaking, Picture Looked fantastic, movie itself was slightly above average with almost no plot. But this is not a movie review, so back to BenQ.
I've played numerous games via the PS3 Super Slim and the projector has no problems keeping up with the action and I do not notice any blurring during fast actions scenes. I (unfortunately) can see the RBE if I'm looking for it. I try not to be conscious of it. Most times it is irrelevant. I think it is worth it to flash to the new firmware if your comfortable doing this type of computer work. IMO it was worth the slight trouble(s).
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About RBE, the W1070 uses different color wheel speeds based on refresh rate of the source.  If you set 50hz rather than 60hz the color wheel speeds up dramatically (you can actually hear it).  If RBE is a problem for you maybe that is something you can try.  I only use mine on a pc so I am unsure if this is something you can set in Ps3.

 

I also flashed mine to 1.08 (from 1.05) and I am glad I did.  Mostly for the input switching improvement.

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Flint,
Thank you for the possible improvement in the RBE issue. I notice it with all my sources, including laptop source. It does not bother me too much, it's just that I notice it.
Movie 24FPS seems to be the worst. Wouldn't that be a 24 Hz refresh rate? I could just be confused.
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Has anyone bought one of the w1070 refurb units from Benq through Amazon? If so what was your experience?
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@ wraunch:

Im using a 110 screen, haven't tested gaming but hear that the benq is about a half frame slower.
3D is very good, and mounting and calibration was dead easy. I would say the benq calibration values behave much more similarly to a traditional LCD whereas the Optoma was a little bit contrary.
For 110 inch screen, i mounted it about 10 feet from the screen... seemed to be the sweet spot. with even the little bit of vertical shift for the Benq gives you a lot of mount hardware options.
The absolute killer for me was the near impossible task of getting reasonable color fidelity out of the Optoma, and image noise (not just on the edges) that was very pronounced on the optoma.

Watching Hockey right now with a full on 75 watt light (pot light) almost right above me at 13' from the screen and the picture is great... strong, vibrant, no problem at all. Love it.
and like i said, Im a little bit OCD so thats a statement.
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Bygfoot, thanks! This is very helpful. Now just to decide if I save an extra $220 and get the refurb from BenQ through Amazon or not.
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Benq received my unit yesterday morning and going to ship a new unit today or tomorrow. You would think they would ship one ASAP yesterday.
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Flint,
Thank you for the possible improvement in the RBE issue. I notice it with all my sources, including laptop source. It does not bother me too much, it's just that I notice it.
Movie 24FPS seems to be the worst. Wouldn't that be a 24 Hz refresh rate? I could just be confused.
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I don't have experience with other sources, I do everything on my pc.  When watching blu-rays the projector is still refreshing at 60hz or whatever I have it set in the computer even though the movie content itself is only 24hz.

 

I suppose stand alone blu-ray players do output 24hz, and I have no information about the hz/color wheel speed relationship.  I only know 50hz speeds up the wheel compared to 60hz on a pc.

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I just updated my firmware from (W1070 V1.06) to (W1070 V1.08 = 1080ST V1.05)
I did notice a dramatic change in the source switching, which is good, but it seems like the picture is slightly less clear/sharp.

Admittedly I haven't gotten around to tweaking settings like i did the first time through so this may just be an effort issue on my part.
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I just upgraded from 1.07 to 1.08 because I can't seem to get SBS 3D in 1080P, it only works in 1080i 50hz/60hz.
But after the upgrade it still doesn't work in 1080P 60Hz or 50Hz frown.gif
I only get Top to Bottom....
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Hello.

Like many people here I'm a happy owner of W1070 well almost happy if it wasn't for the bad brightness uniformity.

Had it for a month now and done about 160 hours on it.

My pj is ceiling mounted and the right side of the screen is quite darker than the left side.

It was bothering me so much that I decided to remove the bulb from projector and have a look at it .

Straight away I've noticed a black metal wire within the bulb that is reflected and magnificated by the bulbs mirror.

I've twisted the bulb within the casing by 90 degrees and when turned on the pj the dark side of the screen moved from right to left .

Now that I know what is causing the brightness differences I'm gonna try to adjust the bulb so the wire is somewhere in the middle where the brightness is usually brightest.

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Hello.

Like many people here I'm a happy owner of W1070 well almost happy if it wasn't for the bad brightness uniformity.

Had it for a month now and done about 160 hours on it.

My pj is ceiling mounted and the right side of the screen is quite darker than the left side.

It was bothering me so much that I decided to remove the bulb from projector and have a look at it .

Straight away I've noticed a black metal wire within the bulb that is reflected and magnificated by the bulbs mirror.

I've twisted the bulb within the casing by 90 degrees and when turned on the pj the dark side of the screen moved from right to left .

Now that I know what is causing the brightness differences I'm gonna try to adjust the bulb so the wire is somewhere in the middle where the brightness is usually brightest.


I recently took my lamp out (was planning on ordering a spare so I wanted the globe model) and I noticed the exact same thing - here's a picture I took:

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You can see the wire there quite clearly.
This bulb is an Osram P-VIP 240/0.8 E20.9n

I thought it a bit odd at the time - but it appears that wire is part of the actual Osram globe so I didn't assume that it'd be related! I wonder why would Osram does that if it hurts uniformity? I'm also curious if maybe newer models of the globe are different? Alternatively maybe there's an Osram globe model that is compatible that doesn't have this limitation?

Thanks for letting us know, keep us posted!
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Thanks for letting us know, keep us posted!

So I managed to adjust the bulb so that about 80% of the screen has the same brightness and maybe 20% is brighter than the rest.

The brighter spot is now at the middle bottom of the screen and to me it's a big improvement.

 When watching movies with black bars at the top and bottom the picture brightness is 100% even.

I will take some pictures later on and post them here how it was before and how it is now.

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So I managed to adjust the bulb so that about 80% of the screen has the same brightness and maybe 20% is brighter than the rest.
The brighter spot is now at the middle bottom of the screen and to me it's a big improvement.
 When watching movies with black bars at the top and bottom the picture brightness is 100% even.
I will take some pictures later on and post them here how it was before and how it is now.

Excellent! Looking forward; thanks Dom!

When twisting the bulb, did you have to loosen any of the surrounding screws? Or could you gently twist it in place? (Obviously making sure to get no fingerprints on ;- )

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Excellent! Looking forward; thanks Dom!

When twisting the bulb, did you have to loosen any of the surrounding screws? Or could you gently twist it in place? (Obviously making sure to get no fingerprints on ;- )

First I had to remove two screws that hold the metal cover so I could get better access to four screws that hold the bulb in place.

I did remove the bulb to clean the mirror as there was some dust inside.

I would give more details if English was my first language but it's not and I'm struggling with detailed explanation.

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First I had to remove two screws that hold the metal cover so I could get better access to four screws that hold the bulb in place.
I did remove the bulb to clean the mirror as there was some dust inside.
I would give more details if English was my first language but it's not and I'm struggling with detailed explanation.

Cool, that's a good enough explanation; thanks Dom. Drop us some pictures if you get the chance.

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This is my first PJ so I don't know a thing about it or the lamp, and although this may be an obvious question, but can the wire be cut? What exactly is it's purpose?
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This is my first PJ so I don't know a thing about it or the lamp, and although this may be an obvious question, but can the wire be cut? What exactly is it's purpose?

No it can't be cut as it delivers power to the bulb.

I'm still twisting mine around trying to find best position.

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No it can't be cut as it delivers power to the bulb.
I'm still twisting mine around trying to find best position.

That is crazy !!!!
Why they didn't wire around the back makes no sense ...

Hope to hear (and see) some recommendations for how to deal with this and achieve a more uniform brightness...
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Bygfoot, thanks! This is very helpful. Now just to decide if I save an extra $220 and get the refurb from BenQ through Amazon or not.

Did you end up buying a refurbished one from Amazon? I pulled the trigger on one yesterday and it still hasn't shipped. I'll report back on its condition.
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I tried to get one but they sold out before I could. Let us know what you think.
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I actually bought it two days ago. I also noticed it was listed again on Amazon earlier today and they had 7 of them. They went fast.
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I really wish you all luck on the refurbished lamps but historically they have been anything but a bargain. Check the forum many people have tried them and most with regret as they usually use knock-off lamps which don't meet the original OEM specs, rejects in other words. You may have saved money but not in the long run.

Problems have been:
Low light output
early lamp failure
Even bursting under use. ( which can always happen but more prevalent in refurbished lamps) When this happens the pj can be damaged as well.

Not worth it to me for "100 clams SAVED?"

Again, I really wish you luck.

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Damn, I'll keep looking.
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We are talking about the projector not a replacement lamp. I know about poor quality lamp knockoffs
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Wow..I've read every single page of this thread (I'm bored.....LOL) and in that time the price is still $899 at Amazon....If it ever goes down again, I'll buy one of these thingys
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My PJ developed a weird problem .

Yesterday when I plugged hdmi cable to it the picture froze and was flickering.

 PJ wouldn't respond to remote or buttons on on it so I had to unplug it from power.

After power up PJ appeared ok but I noticed noise on dark colours that wasn't there before and also it's impossible to take decent picture of the screen anymore.

 

Before:

 

Now:

 

What do you guys think about it.? Should I RMA it.?

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It looks like the color wheel did not sync with the video.

Would suggest you connect cables before turning on pj. Always connect thing up before powering on is the best advise.

If the condition was a one time thing, I would not worry to much, just monitor it.

But if you can't get the color to sync as it should, RMA it.

Hope this helps

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Have there been any rumors about this model's successor? The 1070 released at the end of 2012 didn't it?
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Hi everybody! I want to upgrade my current projector and my top 3 options are the BenQ W1070 (and 1080ST), the HD131xe (and HD131xw), and the Epson Home Cinema 2000 (and 2030), but, there are a couple of issues with my current projector, an Optoma GT700, that I would like to avoid with my next projector. Let me list them:

3D COMPATIBILITY: I have a homemade HTPC with a Radeon 6570. I choose this specific card to be able to watch 3D movies. But even though all my components are supposedly compatible and 3D ready, I have not been able to see 3D content with the GT700.

The problem seems to be a compatibility issue between my Onkyo HTX-22HDX sound system, and the GT700. If I connect the HTPC and GT700 through the Onkyo, I don’t see any 3D options on the on the projector, but if I connect the HTPC directly to the GT700, the projector shows all the 3D options. So for me it is clear that there is a compatibility issue between the Onkyo and the GT700.

HEAT AND HIGH ALTITUDE: after about two years of use, the color wheel on the GT700 broke and it had to be changed. The technician told me that it would be better to have the “high altitude” mode on, but on the GT700 high altitude mode is really loud, to the point where it makes impractical to watch a movie. My home is at about 2600 meters (8500 feet) above sea level but the average temperature is 15 Celsius (59 Fahrenheit) which is pretty fresh.

Just for reference, last night I decided to measure the temperature of the GT700 during use. With the ambient temperature around 15 Celsius / 59 Fahrenheit, and with NON high altitude mode (normal mode), it measured 40 Celsius / 104 Fahrenheit.

PROJECTOR QUALITY: I live in another country so I would have to import my next projector, and while I understand that any electronics could have issues on arrival or fail within any period of time, one thing is to import a projector that has the standard ~2% failure rate, and another thing is to import a projector that is known to have quality/manufacturing issues. For example, on W1070 threads, it seems to be normal to read about a lot of people mentioning that they had to return not only one, but even two W1070, till they got a good one. Obviously, this is a luxury I cannot have.

So (1) would the W1070 have 3D compatibility issues with my current setup? (2) would it require high altitude mode or would it do just fine on normal mode? (3) if it does requires high altitude mode, does it makes a lot of noise, or is it usable? (4) Are there known manufacturing issues above the normal ~2% margin of error? And finally, would any other projector at around 800 dollars serve me better?

THANKS A LOT!
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