Originally Posted by SauceXX
How would you describe the PQ differences between the W6K and the Sony? Besides the BenQ being brighter of course.
I had the W6000 for a couple of weeks, and just bought the HW15. I didn't have them simultaneously so didn't get a chance to compare directly, but I did have a VPL-VW60 at the same time. I wouldn't characterize what I did as anything remotely like rigorous testing or comparing, but here's what I recall.
Brightness: W6000 is easily brighter than the HW15, but on my 100" screen it was nearly to the point of being too bright. I had to use every option to back down the brightness for use in a darkened room. Of course, with some ambient light present, the extra brightness becomes very nice to have. For me, the HW15 is still bright enough in dynamic mode to watch sports with some light in the room.
Contrast: The W6000's brightness also created a sense of more contrast and "pop" to the image. The HW15 is very good in this respect though, and I don't find myself missing anything here.
Black level: Subjectively, the HW15 seems a bit better to me here. Again, the brightness of the W6000 is the driving factor as it leads to slightly higher black levels.
Sharpness: Definitely the W6000. The HW15 has that slightly "soft" LCOS look, which as often said, some characterize as being a bit more filmlike. There is still plenty of detail, it's just a slightly different presentation and some would prefer the sharper image. The HW15 is my first non-DLP projector so I've been accustomed to the DLP "look" for years, and while I like it I can also see how some would find it somewhat artificial.
Colors: I find the HW15 to have easily better colors out of the box and with a little user adjustment is very nice. The W6000 needed more tweaking. I'm not a color guru though, and I could certainly live with the W6000 after some adjustments.
Other picture stuff: Again, the W6000 being very bright brings out the best and worst, and for me the worst was rainbows. I did not notice them very much on my previous Optoma HD80 with its 6x color wheel. With the W6000 it was very noticeable, to the extent that every time I blinked I got them. If you're sensitive, they could be a problem with the W6000. Obviously, the HW15 being 3 chips doesn't have this issue.
Ergonomic stuff: The Benq menu was not quite as nice to me as the Sony (or the Epson that I also tried), though the Sony has one thing which annoys me - the high/low lamp setting is accessed through the "Cinema Black" setting which is just a little obtuse. The lens shift actually has somewhat similar range on both. Noise level - the Sony is definitely quieter especially since it lacks a color wheel, but the Benq isn't too bad and is quieter then my old HD80.
Overall, I just found the HW15 to have a more refined picture - the word "relaxing" keeps coming to mind, and for me it's just a pleasure and relief to not deal with rainbows. The W6000 is a little more in your face with the brightness. If you have a larger screen that's definitely an advantage.