So, because I am easily distracted while at work, I read literally every post in this thread from page 1, along with looking at every single screenshot in the 970 thread lolol, but there were just too many WALLS of text and that thread is so long, couldnt be taking the time needed to read all of it.
But I just wanted to write my own brief consensus from the past 2 weeks of researching projectors ranging from $5,000-40,000 (which would be the Sony VW5000, the lowest ive gotten a quote was 38, out the door), especially for people who are struggling to purchase a projector and want a completely neutral observation of what he has seen/read.
1st of all: this is almost all only useful information, if, like me, you are looking ONLY looking at Laser Projectors. (I want to move to a laser projector because lasers are cool, lamps dim, and I hate changing bulbs - set it and forget it is a major benefit of a laser that I have put a significant amount of personal value in)
If you are talking PURELY, Cost/Performance ratio - the BenQ LK970 and LK990 are just... sooooooooo far ahead in terms of absolute bang for your buck.
The harshest criticism this projector has received is "It doesnt do X as well as a projector 2-8x its cost." Which, IN CONTEXT, should not be a surprise to anyone.
The greatest compliments it has gotten, "It does some things better than those projectors that cost 4-8x more."
The screenshots from Woofer especially, with the sidexside comparisons of the Lk970 to the Z1... one of those projectors is between 4-6x more expensive than the other. And when you are talking close to $7,000 for the cheaper one, 4-6x is a LOT of money. One is also color calibrated, and has been setup and fine tuned for months, the other was tweaked and tuned in a matter of at MOST hours.
Now, if you are talking PURELY performance, and you want the best picture, and if you have a screen under 140", and if a completely light controlled room and are 100% "I want the best image possible within my budget" If your budget is higher than 10k, this projector might
not be it. If its above 20k I don't believe it is it. But again, that is not a dig at the BenQ's, its more like a backhanded compliment i guess lol.
SOOOO many peoples "scales" on this website are "its either the best, or its garbage." at least In the 20,000+ and even $5000+ projector related threads. Which just simply CANNOT be true lol.
I feel like SOOOOOO many of the arguments that have blown up in these threads have just stemmed from people saying "This projector is TERRIBLE AT X" but really, what they are actually trying to say is "This projector doesnt do X as well as this other projector!" (and usually that other projector is either a bulb projector, or costs significantly more)
Cant wait to see what Jav can do with the LK's. A lot of people seem to respect his input and knowledge, he seems to be very much not in any specific camp.
I think that the 990 is still a bit out from being fine-tuned to the level that people have gotten their Z1s to (not that I am ever saying a LK will outperform the Z1, just saying 1 is definitely been more refined over time)
Curious to see Sonys and JVC's future offerings as IMO BenQ has set a new precedence in terms of value/performance ratio, if Sony or JVC are going to bust out new $30000+ projectors, they are going to need to have some serious advantages and improvements.
Also curious to see if people like Dave and others who see the potential of the BenQ, can get BenQ to take these projectors to be even more competitive with the Z1 or even Vw5000 while not breaking the bank. And this is something we ALL want. Giving Sony and JVC a real threat to their marketshare will only make JVC and Sony work harder to put out better products at lower prices in the future.
Sorry this got really ranty... readimg these threads could be very frustrating at times and its easy to see how people have snapped at eachother on here.
I saw on (i think) the 970 thread, someone said they were actually using a different projector entirely for SDR content.
My favorite film series is hands down Lord of the Rings which is only on Blu Ray...but i easily rewatch that series 4-5x a year, is the 990 that bad at sdr??