Originally Posted by ahro
Just a few comments:
There may have been some changes in the pre-production models, but I believe everyone has firmware 1.0
I don't know what people are talking about regarding the iris. I don't hear much from the iris and it works for me going from bright to dark material and back again. Guess I'm just not sensitive to the noise.
I do wish folks would post their calibrations, so others could get a sense of how people are using the PJ.
I believe Art caused a little bit of confusion on the firmware issue. His first sample was a pre-production unit. He did not mention what the fw version was on that sample. In his follow-up report that the problem was, for the most part, solved he again did not mention the fw version on that second sample.
Before I ordered my 6000 on 12/01/2009 I called BenQ. It was confirmed that Art's pre-production unit did have an earlier fw that was never used on production units. At least at that time the shipping fw was v.1.0. Was also told that no new fw version was being anticipated.
I also do not understand the concern over the Dynamic Iris function. Everything I've read suggests that no manufacturer has a DI that is perfect.
My main seating position is just behind and about 3' under the pj. Yes at times one can see the iris in action if you're really looking for it. With audio muted you can also hear it's action. I watch movies at close to reference level audio. The noise is a non issue concerning both the DI and the fans.
One option for those annoyed would be a hush box.
I have watched with the DI turned off. I'll take the much better black level over the less than perfect iris action and be happy. I had a PE-7700 prior to the 6000. The 6000 is, of course, better in every way. Black level may be the biggest improvement.
The other major plus is the lumen output. In economic mode shooting to a 133" screen it is very bright.
I did a quick calibration with my colorimeter at 100 hours. Measured quite well. Must have about 200 hours on the lamp at this point. Time for a more serious calibration. I'll report back.