Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Arlington, Texas
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I received my w1070 two days ago and thought I'd give my first impressions. I'm going to be using this projector for 70% movies and 30% games. It's connected to my HTPC via my Denon 3312ci. I have a nVidia 460 GTX and use XBMC and TMT5 for 3D playback. All my 2D movies are M2TS files and my 3D movies are ISO files. My previous projectors are an Infocus X10, Acer 5360 and Panny 7000. I've also demo'd in my home a JVC RS40 and Benq w6000. I have a 159" HP screen. The projector came from NCIX shipped to the US and was packaged very well. Setup was pretty simple, I have the projector shelf mounted behind my main seating. Yes I had to tilt the projector and use keystone for it to work in this setup even with using the small lens shift. Everyone is right about focusing this projector, the wheel is very sensitive as the focus dramatically changes with the slightest movement.
Here are a few things that stand out:
Colors 9: This projector has amazing color, contrast and pop for it's price point. The picture has a nice punch to it and colors look very natural. My games pop and look outstanding on it.
Blacks 7: Blacks are better then I thought they'd be. Very nice improvement over my Acer and X10 but not quite as good as the panny 7000. No where close to the RS40.
Noise 10: VERY quiet in IMHO. I run the projector in smart eco mode (which works very well btw) for everything including 3d and I can barely hear it.
Brightness 10: It's the brightest of all the projectors I've seen even slightly beating out the Acer which has roughly a 1000 hours on the bulb.
Sharpness 8: With some elbow grease, I got the picture nicely sharp. It's about on par with the Panny 7000. I was hoping for the same level of sharpness as my X10 but sadly it doesn't compare (The X10 is EXTREMELY RAZOR SHARP). I might pick up a Darbee to help out.
3D 10: I'm absolutely BLOWN AWAY. Its BRIGHT, sharp, and crystal clear. Contrast is amazing, picture is very colorful and has tons of depth. Blacks look even better! It's a HUGE improvement over the 5360 which was really good on it's own right.
I HIGHLY recommend using Smart Eco and Brilliant Color, makes the picture look outstanding. For the best 3D set brightness to 47, sharpness to 15 and gamma to 1.6. Make sure brilliant color and smart eco are on. For games use same settings except change gamma to 2.0
All said this is a great projector for it's price point. I'm a very happy camper!