Originally Posted by bdbaba
Most importantly, how does the pic compare to your 8602?
I must have a faulty iris in my unit -- or the iris needs to break in. I am getting used to it, but it is definitely audible, even with all seven of my Klipsch heritage speakers doing their thing.
As you mentioned, the fan noise on eco is not a problem.
I just used a pixar disc --Toy Story 3 -- to do the basic calibration. I will have to try the one you are talking about.
Colors are vibrant on the W6000, they look almost wet in some ways because of the richness. The contrast is also pretty good. It is noticeably better with the Iris engaged. The Iris without the update isn't as smooth as the one used in the SP8602.
As far as how it compares to the SP8602, The skin tones aren't as realistic looking. People tend to have more of a tan than they should. There isn't as great variations between individual skin tones as the SP8602 portrays. I'm sure with a good color calibration they could come closer. But out of the box they aren't.
Shadow detail is good on the W6000, it is better on the SP8602..you just see more dark details.More shades of black come across on the SP8602,in mixed scenes it's really noticeable. The SP8602 is brighter after contrast and brightness calibrations, even though the Benq has a higher wattage lamp by 20 watts.
On daylight,mixed and dark scenes the SP8602 has more depth.
This could be the difference in DLP chips used. The W6000 uses a DC2 and the Infocus a DC3.
Image noise is seen more on the W6000, the SP8602 is cleaner. On text using an HTPC the w6000 is a tad sharper than the SP8602. However, I don't notice the difference on movies.
Unless you had them to compare, it would be tough to see any major issues with the W6000. It really puts up a beautiful image, especially for the current refurb prices! The SP8602 throws a more refined image as a whole. It does cost quite a bit more , so there should be some improvements.