Originally Posted by ALRLIFE
I continue to read contradicting opinions on the LK 970/990 online. Some people rave about their overall picture quality. While others state they look awful with dark scenes with any space image appearing washed out with a grey haze over the image. Argh.
Seriously considering increasing my my budget for a JVC RS1000. Though I hate to purchase the entry level model in any product line. It usually leaves me wanting for more.
Some of this is user perception, some of it is how bright people have it set to, some of it is whether or not they are watching HDR, and some of it is what scenes they are watching.
There are dark scenes like "space scenes" where it will look good, such as if there is enough brightness in the image, but most are going to look so-so.
Per a dealer that has a shop near me that I drop by on occasion to discuss projectors, he had some weird issues with these Benqs, but he had a FIRST RUN shipment.
He didn't like the calibration. He offered to set it up for me, but I didn't want to give him the trouble. He basically said the blacks are slightly better than the regular OLD Benqs, like the w7000, but not miles better.
You have to understand though he is looking at it from an "hours worked" perspective, and since the Benqs were a PITA to calibrate, he actually swapped it out for a different model.
He's not an expert calibrator like ChadB or anything, but he's quite a decent calibrator.
You're going to need calibration equipment or pay a calibrator, it's a real pain. On the one he had, it was off by 15 dE and he had issues getting it under 10 dE without sacrificing brightness, but he was on the VERY edge because he was installing it for Landscaping place to do "Visualization before you buy" type setup. Too much red, and the greens looked funny, and normally he wouldn't care, but it made their "model lawns" look under-saturated at times and over-saturated at other times, which was a major problem for his install. There was one semi-accurate mode, but the gamma had issues in that mode, and it wasn't bright enough for him. The final straw for him was it losing some settings on a power cycle, he couldn't deal with all that in combination, so he returned it.
That is just one experience though, some members in this forum seem to love these things.