Originally Posted by smokarz
People need to stop complaining about the the BLACK level of this projector.
This is a 1080p, 3D PJ with DC3 chip for $899. Yes, $899
If you want blacks like a plasma or a JVC, please pay 5x more and you'll get it.
I still love watching TVs on my Pannie plasma 50". But you just can't beat movies or games on a 110" for < $1000.
No, I don't have a W1070 in my batcave yet, and it will soon be replacing my 8100 which currently resides in there.
And if you want a little improvement in the blacks, get yourself a gray screen. This PJ has more than enough lumens to shine on a gray screen.
If someone, before buying a projector at even a $3,000.00 price point, has an expectation blacks should be as good as a decent flat panel LCD, they will be disappointed. Heck, even digital projection in theaters on 100' wide screens can look less than inky black. My Epson 5010 has a much higher contrast ratio than the W1070 . . . but so what . . . even it doesn't rival a good flat panel in the black level department. And as smokarz says, a 1080p, 3D PJ with DC3 chip for $899 is remarkable - something that, at under a grand, many wouldn't have believed impossible only a year or so ago.
If blacks are key to your enjoyment of television, don't consider a projector. Some people might find the compromise too much. For me, I can see that the black level performance of my two projectors can't reproduce the best blacks out there. It doesn't matter to me, since once the show starts, my eyes simply adjust to the image. And the blacks simply "appear darker" than they really are. Some folks are posting that if they look at the black bars above and below the image (when they show), that it's "too gray". Any projection where you don't mask off the projected image is going to show something similar to this.
The bottom line for me is that when projecting a beautifully mastered Blu-ray, the image looks completely cinematic to me on the W1070. My 5010 has better blacks but this can't take away from what, to me, is a superior image with my BenQ.