Having been into Home Theatre in a small way for many years (dvd's, 5.1 setup, AV amp etc.) I finally made the jump to a projector (BENQ 8700+) and am highly pleased I did. Having said that I must admit to aproaching madness (similar to another poster on another thread) with the exponential increase in complexity and options I now find myself battered with!
MY SETUP - BENQ 8700+, Da-Lite 133" Hi Contrast Matt White screen, iScan HD, HTPC, 2xXbox's, Sony VA80ES AV amp, Sony SS-T70ES speakers, Satelite Receiver
I have a few questions and will post some in other threads, but since this is the 8700+ thread, they may all be interesting to you guys (and gals?) out their with this great machine.
1) I bought the iScan HD, and apart from an initial problem with what seemed a very green shifted output via the Analog port, I didn't actually see any improvement worth it's US$1200 price tag, the only benefit I found was that it was the closest thing to an AV Amp that could handle the switching of all my devices, and in particular do it in the digital domain. My question is, has anyone else paired the iScan HD with the BENQ 8700+, and found it worth the effort and price? (I did read the projectorcentral.com review, that's one of the reasons I bought the iScan).
2) Trying to calibrate this properly may turn out to be harder than I hoped. I have found 2 good local calibrators, but only one has experience with this projector, and he does not have any documentation on the engineer's setup menu, and does not know what all the settings are for. Does anyone out there have any documentation on this?
3) If I keep the iScan, I will add the SDI option, and change from the HTPC to a new DVD player. My choice seems to be down to the Phillps 963SA and the Denon DVD-3910. Opinions so far seem to actually be leaning towards the Philips even though it is about half the price of the Denon! I will not use the player for audio (SACD etc.) only for movies. Has anyone used either of these with their BENQ 8700+, and or have any opinons what would be best for me?
Considering the cost of the iScan, SDI option, new DVD player with SDI coming to around US$3000, not so sure the improvement over the HTPC DVI output direct to the projector will be worth it.
Oh my GOD! sorry it turned out a bit long.