Originally Posted by nirvy111
Would you rather watch a movie in 3d on a dlp projector like the Benqw7000 or watch the same movie in 2D on something like jvc45? I bet alot people would prefer the latter. The fact is alot of people find watching feature length films in 3D uncomfortable which is why 2D is prefered. I think 3D can look very nice when it's done well but image quality at the expense of viewing comfort is not ideal
Firstly, there is less of a difference between a projector like the RS45 and the W7000 in 2D than you might imagine. Yes, the RS45 has better black levels, but the W7000 has far better detail and motion resolution. But, the black levels on the W7000 are still great, even if not as good. And, the increased detail & motion resolution is preferable to me over LCD/LCOS comparative inability to keep up with fast action. I personally believe most would be satisifed with either for 2D content, single chip DLP has now gotten to that stage IMO. And remember, while they are 3-chip, virtually all digital cinemas these days use DLP for both 2D/3D, not LCD/LCOS - so clearly there is merit in the tech for 2D viewing. With the latest 1.03 firmware I'd argue that the W7000 is probably the best buy under $5000 for someone that has an interest in both 2D and 3D.
Secondly, addressing whether I'd watch the movie in 2D or 3D, I'd rather watch it as the director/cinematographer intended for each particular release (though some movies have multiple versions crafted for both 2D and 3D) because usually that is the best experience. Often movies designed for 3D will look odd when flattened to 2D with their depth effects. In addition, there is some great enjoyment to see classics that have all of the original elements/depth layers available (i.e. not just a sloppy conversion using single deoth layer elements) retuned for 3D by their creators like The Lion King - during one of the jungle scenes I really felt like i was in the jungle; although I would say that the Lion King and The Lion King 3D are two different experiences that are both worth owning (luckly the 3D version comes with the 2D also). In addition, one could easily compare this to the fullscreen/widescreen debate in ther early days of DVD - yes, some preferred the look of full screen because it "filled the TV," but the director/cinematographer shot the movies for widescreen and fullscreen damaged the composition. This mirrors what happens when you watch a movie shot for 3D in 2D - it damages the depth composition. It really depends on each individual release if the film was carefully crafted (or re-tuned) for 3D or if a sloppy post-convert was done to make more box office money.
Lastly, you bring up a good point with glasses. YOU NEED TO BUY THE RIGHT PAIR!
Like many other areas of A/V, there are glasses that are uncomfortable and some that greatly damage the PQ. But there are also a couple that are near-perfect - for the W7000 I would highly recommend either the Acer JZ.JBU00.012 (US) or Optoma ZD201 (Europe). They are both the same design that have fantastic PQ and comfort for DLP 3D projectors such as the W7000. With the W7000 and either of these specific glasses you will literally have cinema-quality 3D.
So in summary, yeah I'd watch the movie in its intended depth and go for the W7000 for the RS45 overall for both 2D and 3D, I think the pros outweigh the cons when looking at the big picture. Just make sure you buy the right pair of glasses! Edited by Ruined - 6/14/12 at 8:51am