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post #11131 of 11142 Unread 04-12-2015, 02:50 PM
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If BenQ could release a low cost anamorphic lens attachment, then they would make me a very happy man for a very long time.

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If BenQ could release a low cost anamorphic lens attachment, then they would make me a very happy man for a very long time.
It wouldn't need to be Benq, just anybody. Of course, an A-lens really needs a sled, and mounting a sled becomes projector or at least "mount" dependent. So ideally, someone would make an inexpensive A-lens with a manual sled and universal mount all included for $200 or so.

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Hi there @syvmn , I just looked at this again to suggest to another user to try it, but I wanted to comment about this picture. If I were you, I'd take the stress off those ports from gravity because the HDMI plugs are not that strong and the connection can deteriorate. I would instead use a short HDMI wire and power plug, attached to another hdmi female-female socket / vent attached to the base on the ceiling, and plug your other wires to that. Then run the length of those wires to the back wall instead of letting them hang down. You've probably done something like this already, but please, don't let that HDMI cable hang directly like that! It will not last.

Also another note. Masking. In 2.37:1 mode, you could add some black pieces of wood with black felt material to mask the light bleeding out. Or course your main issue then are the white ceilings and walls reflecting your projected image all over the place, which then goes back into the image which then smears the colors and lowers the contrast (which let's face it, isn't super great on these projectors already). I suggest painting the ceiling black / brown / dark blue, at least (if not both ceiling and walls). Or you can do something cool like put black drapes on the walls leading up to the screen, that's what I have in my theater room and everyone agrees it's super classy and looks nice too. (Plus you can retract them during the day or when you don't want them there). I haven't painted my ceiling black yet but I will eventually.

You can also get some black felt material and thumbtack it into the ceiling/walls in the immediate vicinity around the screen to improve contrast, if you don't like the idea of painting.
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It wouldn't need to be Benq, just anybody. Of course, an A-lens really needs a sled, and mounting a sled becomes projector or at least "mount" dependent. So ideally, someone would make an inexpensive A-lens with a manual sled and universal mount all included for $200 or so.
Not gonna happen. Ask CAVX or the other lens guys how costly it is to make decent lenses. Prisms are cheap, but their quality leaves a lot to be desired. Plus they are bulky.

What I think is much more likely is that the market will eventually shift entirely over to laser projectors that have no optical elements and thus are focus-free, and can alter their beam / zoom to any arbitrary aspect ratio, like an old CRT you could adjust the height and width of the electron beams independently. That way you don't need lenses at all (anamorphic or not). You could even alter the aspect ratio in software. Let's say you detect an incoming signal of 2560x1080 or 1920x810 (say, letterbox Blurays) instead of 1920x1080, the projector could automatically either cut off the letterbox scanlines, or scale up to 1920x1080 vertically then scale back down to 2.37:1, or if given 2560x1080 it could scale it down internally to 1920x1080 but then stretch it back out by expanding the laser beam dispersion. (or scale it down vertically, which gives the same result, except a change in zoom).

My prediction is that pico projectors, once they can get their lumens up, will destroy the traditional projector market, at least in the consumer space. Low persistence, low blur, perfect blacks, great colors, no focus, perfectly quiet, portable, low cost, wireless, eco-friendly...you could even adjust the geometry to align the laser beams to perfectly fit your screen from a wide variety of angles, doing effectively perfect keystone correction in software. At that point you could even put markers or lights on your wall, and have the projector realign its beams in realtime so you could hold the pico projector in your hands as you walk across the room, and it could automatically adjust itself on the fly to keep projecting into the target screen area. Now that would be a neat trick, wouldn't it. Just need a camera in the projector to see the markers on the wall or even do some image recognition on the rectangle of your screen and then re-spec its internal corner points in 3D space accordingly. The maths behind that are fairly straightforward high school stuff.

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So how common are dust clouds on these projectors? Finally got mine setup and only in COMPLETELY dark scenes do I notice 6 very very light (gray or white colored) dust motes in the picture. Almost completely invisible, but noticeable.

I've seen some absolutely horrendous dust clouds, but I am just curious if I should return this projector for another, or are there generally always dust motes in every projector?
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Could anyone give me hints as to what size ND filter I can use on the W1070 and how to attach it?

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I could use some help here. I just sold my Oppo BDP-105 (non Darbee). This can easily buy me a BenQ W1070. I will be making my own screen out of the fabric linked previously that you can find on Amazon. The PJ will be in a dark basement with easy light control. I will be playing videos from my server using some sort of OpenELEC / KODI media player which I have yet to purchase. I was going to buy the W1070 regardless of whether the BDP-105 sold. Now that it has sold, my budget for PJ related hardware has more than doubled. So now I think I have some new options and I need help figuring out which one will deliver the best performance. All options below include the general screen made with fabric.
  1. BenQ W1070 no other accessories
  2. BenQ W1070 + Used Darbee Darblet
  3. BenQ W1070 + Used BDP-103D
  4. Sony VPL-HW40ES no other accessories
  5. Sony VPL-HW40ES + Used Darbee Darblet

So basically, I can now put this extra budget towards a better projector. Or, I can add better accessories to the BenQ W1070 in hopes that they will provide an improvement to the picture. Does the Darbee Darblet really help that much to the image quality? I've never experienced one personally. Is the Darbee a must have for a lower end projector like the BenQ, but not as important for something on the higher end like a Sony or JVC?
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I could use some help here. I just sold my Oppo BDP-105 (non Darbee). This can easily buy me a BenQ W1070. I will be making my own screen out of the fabric linked previously that you can find on Amazon. The PJ will be in a dark basement with easy light control. I will be playing videos from my server using some sort of OpenELEC / KODI media player which I have yet to purchase. I was going to buy the W1070 regardless of whether the BDP-105 sold. Now that it has sold, my budget for PJ related hardware has more than doubled. So now I think I have some new options and I need help figuring out which one will deliver the best performance. All options below include the general screen made with fabric.
  1. BenQ W1070 no other accessories
  2. BenQ W1070 + Used Darbee Darblet
  3. BenQ W1070 + Used BDP-103D
  4. Sony VPL-HW40ES no other accessories
  5. Sony VPL-HW40ES + Used Darbee Darblet

So basically, I can now put this extra budget towards a better projector. Or, I can add better accessories to the BenQ W1070 in hopes that they will provide an improvement to the picture. Does the Darbee Darblet really help that much to the image quality? I've never experienced one personally. Is the Darbee a must have for a lower end projector like the BenQ, but not as important for something on the higher end like a Sony or JVC?
I've heard good things about the Darbee, but I doubt it is a very future proof investment. I'd get a w1070 and keep the money for a UHD Bluray player and tons of UHD Blurays. Or maybe get an Atmos or DTS : X AVR later on in the year. Bluray players are dirt cheap and the oppos are nice if you want to bypass owning an AVR and use separates or powered speakers (I use JBL LSR monitors and they're the clearest sound I've had, for a fraction of the price of my old separates setup).

If you're desperate for something to spend money on now that won't be obsolete in six months then get an anamorphic lens. It will likely be very useful even if you keep the projector for a couple years until a 4K version comes out. The Sony 40es apparently has really nice blacks and low lag too, plus is much quieter, and probably has a better re-sale value than the w1070 to recoup some costs when you can afford a 4K model. Tough choice really. The w1070 is a champ though, and the extra noise can be easily circumvented by putting it in an HTPC case and using some Dynamat to mask it. That's what I've done and it looks slick. Probably lighter even with the hushbox than the 40ES. Although the black levels still leave a lot to be desired.

So yeah, if you can afford it, get the 40ES and skip the oppo or Darbee, keep that money for UHD Blurays or an AVR or anamorphic lens or if you need better speakers or a second sub. Or a second couch. Buying a projector has taught me that one couch is not enough, people always want to come over for gaming and movie nights. It's a blast for your social life.
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I'll add that audio gear is not needed for me. I've got Focal Electra 1028Be in stereo and a DAC and integrated amp that I'm very happy with. For a sub I've got a single REL Stentor II which is MORE than enough. I downsized from multi-channel to 2 channel and plan to stick with it for awhile. Focus right now is on the PJ and video equipment.
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I love my w1070 and oppo 103d. I also only use the Oppo for blurays and love what the darbee does.
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I often watch compressed x264 videos, and occasionally a full bit rate blu ray. Does the darbee help when a video has been compressed?
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