Great news! The Projector FINALLY made it through customs clearance and was delivered today. I've spent a good part of the afternoon setting it up in my room and I must say it is a HUGE upgrade from the Optoma GT750 I was using.
To back-peddle a bit this is the situation I am in.... I have a big air duct/bulk head going right through the middle of my basement multipurpose room which has given me problems what projector I could use. I was forced to use a short throw 720p projector (GT750) that had 3D. It was great for what it was and it served me VERY well for about a year but 720p + no zoom + no len shift +... you get the idea.
I set to work on altering my hushbox to be able to have the back of it sit flush with the bulk head. I got an Atdec ceiling mount to mount the W1070 inside the hushbox. The wiring was simple since when I finished my basement I ran the HDMI and power right over where I had planned to mount the W1070 because I hoped that a 1080p 3D projector would come out that fit my space. The W1070 is a godsend. I mounted the hushbox, mounted the projector inside and fine tuned the picture position using the Test Pattern buried in the W1070's menu. For the price, the Atdec ceiling mount did a great job allowing me to fine tune angles and picture position.
For those of you with lens shift/offset questions. My setup includes the following. The top of my screen is 15" from the ceiling. The center of the W1070 lens is about 8" from the ceiling. I needed the top of the image to be 7" below the center of the image at 8'4" away. I set the lens shift all the way "Up" on the W1070 (which is "Down" if ceiling mounting") and that got me the EXACT offset I needed for the image to sit square. Very happy and relieved that my previous calcuations were correct.
I have not tried 3D yet (Sainsonic glasses on their way!) but here are some initial overall impressions.
- Fan noise - about the same as my GT750. Sitting here typing with the DVR on pause I can hear a fairly quiet hum. Once the action on the screen starts I imagine I won't think twice about it though just like my GT750. The fact that the back of the hush box is now covered helps as well but not by much. I may look into sound dampening material in the distant future. Happy for now.
- Smell? - Has anyone else noticed an initial electronic smell emitting from the fan after extended use? Its not overheating. Maybe this will go away after a while. Not very strong but noticeable.
- Image is amazing. To get perfect colors you may need to do the calibrations from Cinema mode like Art has mentioned in his review. I did them and the colors were good but the image was too dim with the ambient light that I like for everyday use. Did I do something wrong? I would say if in a light controlled dark theater, go for the cinema but the brightness and colors are fantastic right out of the box. Best I've seen in a projector. VERY happy.
- Picture is VERY sharp. I'm using with with a Darblee Darblet in Hi Def mode at 60%. WOW. amazing depth, sharpness, and image clarity on 1080p content. Highly recommend the combination. Biggest upgrade coming from 720p was on-screen text. This is really important with gaming. On Halo 4 at 720p the new fine text on screen looked a little weird and pixelated at 720p
- Brightness - the picture has great contrast on all picture modes. I like standard so far since I have had ambient light throughout the day. I was worried about taking a hit from the GT750's 3000 lumens going to the W1070's 2000 lumens but I cannot tell a difference between the two. GREAT!
- Rainbow Effect - If you are going to see rainbows, the place you can test in on the test pattern on the menu. Thats the only time I ever see rainbows on projectors like my GT750 but I could not force myself to see them on the W1070. This is going to be different for everyone and I'm not sensitive to them in the first place but this is among the best DLP projectors I've seen in regard to RBE.
Overall I'm very happy and it was definitely worth the cost of admission and hassle to relocate the box. I think the setup looks a little more polished as well with the hushbox further back. For you reference I am using a 100" Dragonfly (by SnapAV) HC 0.9 Gain Screen. Perfect for my needs regarding ambient light and contrast.
The W1070 finally gives me an image that I feel matches the sound I am getting from my Episode 7.1 surround system being fed by a Denon CI2112. I'll will update this with my 3D impressions with the 144hz Sainsonics I will be getting soon.
Here are some pictures of before and after. Enjoy!
Before (GT750, note how short of a throw this PJ has. Sort of distracting sitting back a ways)