Set up my BenQ W1070 - First impressions.
Firmware 1.04, out of the box.
Set up to SmartEco < The only setting change I've made so far.
I have an XBox, PS3, DirecTV H21, and Panny BluRay player all going thru my Yamaha receiver (1.4a compatible). Single HDMI going into the BenQ on HDMI1
Right now, We have a sheet up, because we haven't gotten our screen yet (Elite Screens M100XWH 100" screen). The screen will be here Tuesday.
The Below was last night, in the dark, little to no ambient light:
2D: Even with the sheet, the picture is beautiful. It looks fantastic! I was really shocked. Having a screen designed for this will only make it better, I'm sure. I haven't made any adjustments to the BenQ, and I'm not sure I even need to. Our set up isn't the most ideal, as it's a basement, and the screen is opposite a bank of windows (I tested more this morning, and we'll get to that).
No RBE detected, watching a basketball game on ESPNHD. Colors look great, and it literally looks like watching my ole Samsung HL67A750, only much much bigger.
3D: Again. Gorgeous. Last night, the family watched Polar Express 3D, and one scene where the train made a sudden stop, it looked like it was coming out of the wall. Excellent effects. I bought 7 pair (we have 5 kids) of the Sainsonic SSZ-200DLB 144Hz glasses. These do a terrific job. There is some minor red bleed-thru, as others have said about this, but this is primarily seen on the black bars above and below the picture on smaller aspect movies (2.35:1 or whatever). Still, the glasses, for 25$ work great. Good enough for my brood, anyway, and I'm quite a technophile.
I also tried the UltraClear HD DLP-Link glasses I bought for my HL67 and Panny (Checkerbox format) 3D testing. These glasses were superior to the Sainsonics. No Red detected at all! ZERO! The only problem with these glasses is they are battery powered, and even with the power off, they bleed the battery. I'm already on battery #3 with these, and haven't even watched a whole movie. So, as awesome as they are performance-wise, I'm dissatisfied w/ their battery draining issue. I can deal w/ a little red on blacks (when you actually strain to look for it) over these.
This morning - ambient light aplenty.
I retuned my Yamaha 7.1 system, just to make sure the sound is good.
I put in my "benchmark" 3D bluray disk. Prometheus. Even w/ a bank of windows (blinds down, but light still permeates) behind the couch, the screen looks great! Prometheus is a gorgeous movie. Especially the opening sequence. The Sainsonics, and UltraClear looked awesome. Again, slight slight red on the black bars, but you don't really notice it at all in the movie itself, as things are moving all the time.
The fact that I can watch this with light coming from behind, and still have it look as good as a Rear Projection TV, and at it's size, is quite phenomenal. I love the BenQ so far, and am glad I put in the time to research it out.
I'm sure if I tuned it, it would be even MORE gorgeous, but even if I don't, it looks just fantastic. Very pleased.
Oh....a note on sound: Putting it in smart-Eco mode, the fan is audible, but like a whisper. If you are watching a show or movie, you can't tell it's there at all. I'll post some pics of the set up soon. The light bleed and halo isn't an issue at all. I have it mounted between two joists in an open ceiling (as you'll see in the pics).