Originally Posted by lapino
I can add this: have had the opportunity to check out a Benq W1070 and Epson 5020 in the same light controller theatre at my dealer. Projectors were side by side and was a good test for me because I could not decide if I wanted the Epson or the Benq for the price difference. So had the option to view a lot of 2D and 3D content, side by side and by putting carboard in front of each lens I could easily switch between both. Blacks were better, contrast too but I did not find the difference worth the money. The Epson was a lot quieter in 2D mode but even louder in 3D than the Benq. 3D on the Benq is better, no question about that (but I do not notice rainbows).
The only thing I dislike about my Benq is the difference in brightness between the middle of the (lower half) of the image and the right side which is a lot dimmer. This is very visible with subtitles, less so with normal movies or games but it's there. I suppose the reason for this is the Benq using a lot cheaper glass for the lens (the Epson is huge in this regard). But do I want to pay +2000 more to make this go away? No. Not at this time.
Excellent, thanks for posting your opinion. I was seriously considering the 5010 as an alternative to the W1070, but after reading your review (and others), even that "great refurbished deal" isn't really worth it. Although I do like a lot of the features that it has. Not willing to invest in it without being able to try it in person. The BenQ is ridiculously nice, for those who aren't as noise sensitive or if it can be placed further from the seating. At least it's not an annoying noise like I heard with the Epson.
Originally Posted by mbuck
After seeing a few projectors in action and reading up, I don't see the need for $3000 projector. At least for me.
I've narrowed my field to:
Mitsubishi HC7800D $1149
Epson 8350 $1259 (refurb avail for $899)
BenQ W7000 $1500
Panasonic AE8000 $2388 with 2 glasses
There were a number of others that got knocked off the list either for throw (I'm looking at 110" at 18') or lag (some had 80+ ms, especially the Epson)
Of course the hardest part is I can't see ANY of these in action. Everyone has their $5000+ projectors on display.
You're going to hate me, but being that I'm "still shopping" for that perfect PJ.... I'll tell you why I removed the ones you mentioned from my list:
- Mitsubishi HC7800D: pretty dim (see measurements
- Epson 8350: Read too many owners having problems and especially the premature light failures
- BenQ W7000: This is actually an interesting option and has some features to justify the higher price (none of which I care about that much), however lamp is 300w (400w total draw) and even in Eco mode the lamp is rated for 2500 hours - again, all of this just increases cost. Rated 2dB quieter than W1070, but never heard it in person
- Panasonic AE8000: I just can't justify 2.5x the price just to lose some noise, so I didn't even research it much
Just thinking out loud here, but one thing I considered is going with the 1080ST, since that would put the PJ about 5ft further away from my head, which decreases noise considerably (certainly more than the 2dB decrease from getting a W7000).... hmm... decisions decisions
Curious what you'll end up going with and your thoughts. No matter which PJ I look at I see problems (or a large increase in price) so I'm starting to come to a realization that I'd rather deal with a little bit of noise than all the other stuff out there. For reference, my wife and friends aren't bothered by it one bit, I'm the only one whom it seems to bother... GRRRR.