Originally Posted by Grayson73
For what it's worth, I asked Art (projectorreviews) about the W1070 vs. 2030 and he said he would pick the 2030.
I cannot say for certain since I haven't seen the 2030 (obviously), but judging from years past, here is what I would say to that...
He also said the Benq w7000 blacks were very good and high contrast (they are fairly bad). As a matter of fact, the default dynamic On/Off measurement of the w7000 before tuning the IRIS was like 3,500:1 and native was 800:1. The Benq w7000 has some of the worst black levels of any HT projector released with an IRIS in the past 8 years, yet he calls it ULTRA high contrast. Heck, the Mitsubishi hc4000 had as good (really better) blacks than the Benq w7000 even though it had no IRIS, yet that projector did not make ultra-high contrast. So you can't always go by what reviewers say. The Epson 5010 with the IRIS turned off is around 5000:1.
I cannot fault him, everyone makes mistakes, but I'm just saying I don't always see eye-to-eye with him on Epsons either. He likes the Epsons too much. I am not ANTI-EPSON, but I have yet to see Epson make a high-contrast high-brightness LCD projector that does not sacrifice image quality in some way.
Why would the 2030 be any different than the last 8 years of Epsons, you have the low-end LCD's (6100, 8100, 8350, 3010, 3020, 2030) vs the high-end LCD's (6500ub, 8500ub, 8700ub, 5010, 5020, 5030). You get lucky on convergence or you don't. Starting with the Epson 3010, Epson decided let's totally rely on the IRIS and just give up the Native On/Off of the 8350 by doubling the brightness (and opening up the light path).
If I recall, the Epson 3010 had about half the native contrast of the 8350. If you are not getting better blacks by going with LCD over DLP, then what are you getting?
I have always been a fan of the high-end Epson LCD's IF you get one with good convergence. Beginning with the Epson 5010 now has convergence adjustment (though I do not think it works as well as JVC's, but I did not play with it).
All the Epsons he sees are cherry-picked, meaning they have perfect convergence, that's why you'll see him make comments like "This Epson was even sharper than my JVC", but we know the reverse to be true in the forums. Can an Epson be sharper than a JVC, sure perhaps a cherry picked Epson vs. a non-cherry picked JVC. This is exactly the comparisons he makes, since he gets the JVC's from random sources (not JVC directly) but he used to work at Epson and knows everyone there (and they treat him like royalty).
I am not saying he is anymore bias'd then any other reviewer on Epson, simply saying he gets perfect samples, and it's not really fair.
Now maybe the 2030 is different and is going to buck the pattern, but I'd be surprised somewhat if it were.