"The W7000 achieved its highest contrast ratios with DynamicBlack on, resulting in a contrast ratio of 1,800:1. This is quite low for a DLP projector. With the DynamicBlack control off, the projector’s native resolution was about 650:1, which is the lowest native contrast I’ve measured for a DLP."
This pretty well seems to be what people are saying here. I have no idea how Art at Projector Reviews rated this projector as an ultra-high contrast one.
He said this: "Update 2/19/2012: No question about it, the “finished” W7000′s blacks are visibly better!"
"The new firmware does improve black performance. It’s not a truly gigantic improvement (nor was one expected), but it is significant enough to move the W7000 from a projector with ” OK blacks for the price”, to one with “Especially good blacks for the price”. All considered, the finished W7000 now offers blacks that are roughly comparable to the Panasonic PT-AE7000, perhaps a tad shy of the Optoma HD8300, and a little further behind the Epson 5010. Still, these are very good blacks now. Making other issues more important to your final decision. "
Home Theatre had this to say, which again is supported in this thread:
"As I said in the Performance section, the W7000's main performance issue is its inability to produce a truly deep black, especially on a smaller screen. Its auto iris does help in the areas of contrast and black level, but the iris is a tad slow and noisy. I occasionally saw the brightness shift as the iris performed its job, and the function also produced a soft, high-pitched squeal (almost like a soft cricket chirp). It wasn't loud enough to be a huge concern under normal volume situations, but I did notice it during a few low-volume scenes."
On the positive side Sound and Image had this to say about the 3D:
"As to 3D, well, wow! This is the fourth 3D DLP projector I’ve reviewed (see also the Mitsubishi and Sharp in this group), and the third brand. And as with the others, it is far, far better on 3D than competing technologies.
The key is crosstalk. There was, effectively, none. The left eye saw only what it was supposed to see. Likewise for the right eye. All 3D ghosts were banished. I froze the picture on a couple of my favourite scenes and searched them carefully, and there wasn’t the slightest hint of image breakthrough from one eye to the other. To check I put on the Werner Bloos ghosting test picture, and again, a perfect score was the result. No crosstalk, and so, consequently, excellent 3D, with beautiful rendering of depth where provided by the source material."
The low contrast and being forced to use DLP-link glasses for 3D has me losing interest in this projector.
The pictures (I know that photos don't tell the complete story) posted on page 123 of this thread are not encouraging regarding the Benq's black levels. They might not be 100% accurate, but they do give an indication of substantial differences between the Epson and the Benq.
Edited by Deja Vu - 11/25/13 at 1:09pm