Originally Posted by Seegs108
Hopefully that unit is great. Like I said though, the W5000 sample I had was fantastic in regards to CA and uniformity issues and I could still see a difference in how sharp the pixel structure between the Planar, Marantz, and the BenQ was. The BenQ was sharper compared to an InFocus IN83 though. By a decent amount. I have my doubts and I'm definitely going to snap some photos of the pixel structure on both to show people what I find.
I respect your opinion and would be interested to here what you find in your comparison. I don't think it is as sharp as it gets, I said if anyone was complaining about sharpness on a w7000, I would laugh hard. I will admit I could be wrong if I had the Runco in my room, and you're correct to say when we get better source content the DLP sharpness will matter a bit more, but for the stuff I usually watch it matters rarely. As I said, the Runco is probably a tiny bit sharper at the pixel level, no doubt, but I cannot tell without A/B, let me it put that way. I know the Samsung is a good bit sharper than the Benq on resolving pixels, but I was comparing it against the Runco, but the Samsung is the sharpest projector ever made.
We need to do a blind A/B test on the Benq vs. the 0.95" DLP's, that's the only way we'll know for sure.
Originally Posted by coug7669
as an owner of both the samsung (800 and 900) and the Benq (w5000), I can tell you the there is no comparison between the .95 models. Having never seen the w6000 nor 7000 benq's I can only guesstimate about the difference between the .65's and the samsungs. My eyes see artificial noise added to the w5000 and imperfect colors no matter how hard one tries. Not too mention there is sharp(W5000) and then there is sharp(samsung 800 and 900). Also the benqw5000 has reliability issues with their failing mainboards. The samsung took all of five minutes to calibrate and the 900 already has a calibration done at the factory if it is a Joe Kane branded 900. As Kris said the samsung is best in terms of accuracy. That is all I want. Does the jvc have deeper blacks yes. But as a Dlp fan I would never trade the samsung 900 unless I went 3 chip dlp.
I cannot speak for the w5000, it's an older unit, but I can speak how this Benq fairs against EVERY other 0.65" DLP I've ever seen (and that's around 25 total including in stores), and I've owned 4 different 0.65" DLP's recently. Of course the Samsung is sharper than the Benq, I was not saying that at all. I am just saying at this level of sharpness, are we really going to complain anyhow.
The Benq also calibrated the best out of the last 20 projectors I've calibrated. It didn't calibrate the best on my first attempt, but on my second attempt it did. After calibration, the colors are freaking very near-perfect across the entire gamut (at least on my BENQ) and in gray-scale...
The Benq is a good milestone ahead of the other 0.65" DLP's in focus uniformity and/or pixel resolution combined (though some semi-high end Optomas are probably close), and some have pixel resolution issues while others have focus uniformity issues, my Benq has neither. The only issue is CA is added in some positions when using lens shift, but if you can set it near farthest throw and just a tad under the top of the screen, the lens shift doesn't add too much. The w7000 does not have image noise in a clean source, and I sit 1x width from the screen.
The Benq does have more noise on a noisy source sometimes, but a noisy source only looks so good anyhow and that has more to due with its Noise Reduction capabilities. Yes I admit there are Blurays with noise in them and having a projector with less noise is an advantage, but in the overwhelming majority of content the Benq literally has no noise since movies are now mostly filmed digitally anyhow. That is one advantage of digital, less noise, though 35mm and 70mm still seem more film-like to me than digital movies.Edited by coderguy - 1/28/13 at 2:09am