Originally Posted by sooly1
OK, this is my first projector. This little W1070 has changed my opinion of projectors. I had seen an older epson non HD projector at a buddies house and that's what got this whole home theater project idea started. I thought, boy, if I could have my cake (1080P) and eat it to (3d) for a resonable price, I'll do it.
My wife wasn't real keen on spending the money, but as we sit here watching her favorite Harry Potter movie in 3d, she says "hunny, this.....is......amazing...."
I'm obviously not a projector reviewer by any means but I will give you my impressions after three movie viewings and im going to do it in regular everyday persons speak with no techie bias or jargon.
Screen - 100 inch Cheapo Elite manual pull down screen from Amazon.com. I have a year and a half year old daughter, and a 12 year old son. I didn't want a fixed screen. I can roll this up and not worry that the kids are going to put their hands on it or run into it when carrying a drink ect... A decision I'm sure I will not regret regardless of the quality of the screen. The picture this gives right out of the box is better than my 3 year old 50 inch plasma.
Projector - W1070 was plugged in, firmware 1.04 ordered from Amazon.com 2/11 and delivered on 2/14. This projector is SHARP. Crystal clear picture. Much better than any of the three flat screens in my house. Throw distance wasn't hard since I set this up on a small table in my living room. I was able to move it to where I needed it to be.
Tip: spend the extra time squaring up your projector to the screen. Use the test grid line image built into the projector.
Sound from the projector is poor, usable, but poor, get a surround sound system, or at least a sound bar (anything!). The quality is poor and I couldn't handle it. Let's face it, you shouldn't be buying this projector for it's sound anyway. I don't see myself ever using the built in speakers ever again. If we have an outside movie night, I will bring an older set of computer speakers out for sure!
I hear that DLP has rainbow issues, but Deathly Hallows is a dark movie so I can't really comment because I havn't seen any rainbows in 3d on that movie. I wasn't able to detect them in Finding Nemo either. That movie has BRILLIANT color so I thought maybe I would see them, I was trying to see the rainbow effect, and couldn't detect anything.
Movies - Star Wars A New Hope Blu ray. I'm 32 and have never seen the first three in the theater. Wow, you can see imperfections in Vaders mask that I never knew were there. I'm a HUGE Star Wars nerd and have watched this movie countless times. This is a whole new experience. On a side note....Han shot first
Finding Nemo Blu Ray. The colors in this movie are intense. My daughter was captivated by the movie. Usually she wants to run around and play while watching this on the 50 inch plasma. Did you know Nemo and his dad has individual scales? You could tell in some scenes on the plasma but the clarity is amazing on this projector.
Harry Potter Blu Ray 3d. Love the depth that the 3d adds to this movie. My attitude towards 3d has been changed. I don't really like the things popping OUT of the screen, but adding the depth to this movie was great and I hope that more movies do that. This is the only 3d blu ray I have at the moment.
Glasses- Sainsonic 144hz glasses ordered from a link in this thread. They fit over my thick sided squar glasses and felt comfortable through the entire movie. Linking was simple, just hit the button and done. I had my laptop open with the glasses on and it held the 3d link through that as well. 30 bucks a piece for 4 glasses well spent!
Player- PS3. I am using the optical out to my surround sound system and the HDMI to my projector. I had to set the PS3 to do optical out and then video out to the HDMI. Once it recognized it was a 3d capable projector it asked what size my screen was, set it to 100 inches and was done.
Surround sound- Onkyo 7.1 non 3d receiver. I almost ordered a 3d capable receiver, but I gambled on the optical out trick working on the PS3, thank god it did! Sounds great, AND I get my 3D. I feel that I may spend the money in the future on a better Onkyo receiver, but for now, this works perfectly fine and sounds great.
Gaming- I have an Alienware laptop with an ATI Radeo 6990 Graphics card. I used HDMI out to the projector and plugged in my headphones. Switched the audio out to the headphones and loaded up websites, a few pictures, and played about an hour of Star Wars the Old Republic on it (tomb of freedom nad server char name Noley) WOW what a difference from gaming on my 17 inch laptop screen. The image was spectacular. I could look back and forth between the game on my screen and the projector. No comparison, the projector wins hands down.
Cables- Monoprice.com redmere 30ft HDMI 1.4. Old optical cable I had laying around, probably from walmart
cable worked perfect for 3d. Monoprice.com was easy to order from, and the cable arrived the same day as the projector. I ordered the projector and cable on the same day.
Overall Feelings - I'm upset I didn't do this sooner, but the bang for your buck performance wasn't available before this little gem came along. I know I don't have any other projector to compare against other than an older standard deff epson, but wow. I have that theater feeling IN MY HOME! My family watches movies as recreation more than anything else so the expense vs useage is going to be amazing for me. I look forward to purchasing a few more 3d bluray movies in the coming weeks. My wife has a twitch movie buying attitude,meaning, she goes shopping for groceries, see's a movie and thinks "woo! after dinner movie night" so sometimes she doesn't look at bluray or DVD, just price. After viewing a few movies in bluray, she said it herself, "Guess I'm buying everything in bluray or bluray 3d if it's available now"
I put about 2 months of research into this. Measuring my room, countless times. Reading so many projector reviews my head was spinning, RF vs DLP link, 1080I Vs P, Epson vs optoma Vs Panny vs BenQ. I almost settled on a cheap benq just to start off with but at this price point, you can have your cake....and eat it to.
I hope this review helps a few people out there. If anyone has any questions about anything I have wrote about, please feel free to msg me. I'll be happy to help if I can.
Thanks for reading!