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post #61 of 350 Old 11-20-2014, 06:48 AM
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I need advice deciding between W1070 and HT 1075.I understand that there is not much functional difference between the two models.

However I have come across couple of posts where w1070 have been plagued with dust blob /QA issues.Is it a widespread problem?Does HT 1075 have better optics?

Should I save some $$ and get Benq W1070? Please suggest!

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It appears that some have had bad luck with dust, but I don't think that is typical.
There is no reason to believe that the 1075 is any better or worse in this regard than the older model.
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Are here any gamers who own this HT1075 model, is that input lag noticeable? Any comments using this as a gaming projector?
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it appears I will have to use this model over the 1070 I was planning on getting as this model supports wireless. While I don't think I will use the benq wireless module as they seem to be in manufacturer profit mode with their pricing, this one does have a USB power port so I'm not running multiple wires through my walls.

I"m thinking of using the DVDO airg3, has anyone used that successfully?

With the keystone this offers, will that mess up 3d viewing if I need to use it? I don't really plan to need it, but you never know.
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Got an opportunity to chat with one of the Benq folks. I was told that although assembly remains the same on W1070 and HT 1075,the way optics are sealed have changed

Not sure if this would resolve the dust blob issue!
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Any recommendations on which 3D glasses to use with the HT1075? Been looking at these:

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There's a piece of firmware called an "ND Filter" that in its version "2" guise is good for improving black levels - at the expense of brightness (so, just like a JVC, then? )

In seriousness though, improved blacks are the one (actually, only) thing I really wanted to see with this model - that appears not to be the case. Guess we're reaching the best DC3 DLP can do (without an iris, at least).
Ah well. Still looks like a fine machine.

Not ever gonna happen in a projector under $1500 and under IMO. The BenQ 1075-1085ST types will always be the standard. That's close enough and good enough. Just to make us trade up to over $3000 models. Or get us ti just get a Screen Innovations "Black Diamond" type screen to get the inky blacks. Personally I plan to buy the BenQ 1080ST and a 100" Black Diamond combo in 2015. And not give a hoot about anything I think I might be missing out on.
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There is a large (nearly 1000 post) discussion on 3D glasses for W1070. Since they are nearly identical should be the same for HT1075. Last 20 or so posts should do ya. Search on AVS forum - benq-w1070-144hz-compatible-dlp-link-3d-glasses
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Just curious but has anyone tried the wireless kit? Does it actually stream full 1080P 3D with no lag? I probably will not get the kit b/c its an extra $350 but wanted to know.

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Hey... New to AVS... but a PJ user for past 7 years with a Infocus IN76 Big Play. It was a good projector for its time and paid just under $2K back in 2007 - good deal then. 3 bulbs later... Still going strong but it's time for an upgrade, so bought a BenQ HT1075 from Newegg with a Black Friday 5% off for $807. Looking forward to getting my hands on it and running 1080P games on the big screen. I'm going to have to move my ceiling mount 4 feet closer to the screen (about 10ft from screen) because of the shorter throw - then work some magic for the cables and power. My IN76 is flush mounted so I'm pretty sure I will also need to drop the 1075 down a foot with an extension tube to get center lens at 3-4 inches above top of display screen height. Currently top of display screen is 21.5" from ceiling and center lens on IN76 is 7.5" from ceiling. Not sure what diff when I mount the 1075 but should be close. Good thing I saved all those extra superfluous mounting parts. Who keeps that crap... right? Do these distances sound about right? My HT stuff below. Also, do you think my Pioneer VSX-84TXSi will pass thru a 3D sig OK? It's just regular 1080P just encoded differently - correct?


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Hey... New to AVS... but a PJ user for past 7 years with a Infocus IN76 Big Play. It was a good projector for its time and paid just under $2K back in 2007 - good deal then. 3 bulbs later... Still going strong but it's time for an upgrade, so bought a BenQ HT1075 from Newegg with a Black Friday 5% off for $807. Looking forward to getting my hands on it and running 1080P games on the big screen. I'm going to have to move my ceiling mount 4 feet closer to the screen (about 10ft from screen) because of the shorter throw - then work some magic for the cables and power. My IN76 is flush mounted so I'm pretty sure I will also need to drop the 1075 down a foot with an extension tube to get center lens at 3-4 inches above top of display screen height. Currently top of display screen is 21.5" from ceiling and center lens on IN76 is 7.5" from ceiling. Not sure what diff when I mount the 1075 but should be close. Good thing I saved all those extra superfluous mounting parts. Who keeps that crap... right? Do these distances sound about right? My HT stuff below. Also, do you think my Pioneer VSX-84TXSi will pass thru a 3D sig OK? It's just regular 1080P just encoded differently - correct?


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Your new projector location sounds about right. From my own experience and that of others I would mount the BenQ as close to the screen as possible. It will provide a slight increase in light output and the optics seem to be better zoomed large. Using the other end of the zoom range (smaller image for same mounting distance) tends to result in a soft corner that can't be focused out.

Nice Pioneer receiver, but I highly doubt it will pass 3D. My Pioneer, which is about 3 years newer will not. I think you can get around it by installing an HDMI splitter; one signal to the receiver for audio and the other to the projector with 3D. A pain if you have more than one source of course. To satisfy my 3D curiosity, I temporarily connected the digital output from my PS3 to the receiver and the PS3's HDMI to the BenQ. This of course sacrifices HD surround so it was short lived.

Will be curious to get your impression of the BenQ vs the older Infocus. Assuming it will be considerable, but who knows; DLP contrast will be a common weakness.

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I'm trying to determine if it's worth the extra $210 for the 1075 over the 1010. Any thoughts? I'm replacing a marantz VP4100 throwing it on a 92" wide screen in a highly-controlled ambient light environment.

I've ruled out the Optima options, as I don't want the hassle of changing my ceiling mount location, and the throws are all wrong for me.
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I'm trying to determine if it's worth the extra $210 for the 1075 over the 1010. Any thoughts? I'm replacing a marantz VP4100 throwing it on a 92" wide screen in a highly-controlled ambient light environment.

I wouldn't spend more than a $100 dollar premium for the 1075 over the 1070 unless you really need one of its differentiating features.

The touch of extra brightness, MHL, and horizontal keystone aren't features you'll likely need in your scenario. And other than that, they're more alike than different.

If you can pick one up for a premium of $100 or less, go for it. Otherwise, the W1070 should work very nicely in your scenario. It also offers a bit less input lag than its successor if you ever decide to do some big-screen gaming.
It's also running on special right now at Amazon for the lowest I've seen it to date; so value is extremely high at present. (EDIT: Special appears to be over.)

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Your new projector location sounds about right. From my own experience and that of others I would mount the BenQ as close to the screen as possible. It will provide a slight increase in light output and the optics seem to be better zoomed large. Using the other end of the zoom range (smaller image for same mounting distance) tends to result in a soft corner that can't be focused out.

Thanks for the heads-up / suggestion - I'll keep a close eye on the corners and adjust as needed before the final screws go in.

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Nice Pioneer receiver, but I highly doubt it will pass 3D.

Yeah.. figures. I couldn't find anything that said it was or it wasn't. Not too bad... just gonna be a HDMI cable rodeo every time I decide to 3D from my BDP or PC. Probably not use 3D that much anyway. Trade up on the pioneer to satisfy 3D??? Not a chance... hard to find reasonably priced top audio gear today that's any good and I'm sure I won't have any problems at normal 1080P.

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Will be curious to get your impression of the BenQ vs the older Infocus. Assuming it will be considerable, but who knows; DLP contrast will be a common weakness.

I'll post how it goes. Actually can't wait to play games on the 1075. I think the input lag is all hype. Never bothered me on my IN76 during a intense FPS or MMO dungeon run - and the IN76 is ancient. But, that was at 720P, so we'll see. From what I researched, even Projector Central acknowledged that their input lag test has changed since testing the W1070 and the true difference using the same input lag test is only a few msec apart. Not like the 20-25 msec everyone talks about. After an enormous amount of research (even on Youtube) I can't find any gamer that has trashed the HT1075 for really noticeable input lag. So can't wait to test it out and let you all know. It also boils down to your computer hardware AND the projector... can't mate two mules and expect a race horse.
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Hmmm… starting from the beginning. Ordered my HT1075 from Newegg, box arrived viaUPS on time and no visible damage. It shippedin the original BENQ retail box. But BENQdoes a good job with internal package material, so unpacking was unremarkable. With a recent iron egg price match, I endedup with final price of $797 (price today at Valley Seek). But purchasing with Newegg gives me that warm & fuzzy in case of problems between now and 31 Jan. If it has no problems in the first 45+ days, it should be good for years. While waiting for the PJ in shipment, I downloadedand read the entire manual.
Time for the real work… dismounted my old IN76 and cables. Moved the ceiling mount pole extension about4ft closer to drop at exactly 10ft from the screen. With the PJ mounted, front lens to screen is about 9’ 7”. Actual top of screen from ceiling was 20” and center PJ lens fromceiling settled in at 16.5”. Ran two newHDMI 25ft 2.0 high speed cables (a little future proof in case 4K projectors are selling real cheap next year HA!), power, and component(hey… the Wii has to tag along too) and dressed up the cable runs to look good.
A quick note for mounting the PJ to the mountingbracket. For me, the built-in projectorfront extension foot (for floor/table mount) - fully pushed-in and with ½”stand-offs still wasn’t enough clearance to get a flat attachment to the mountingplate. I ended up pressing the frontbutton to fully drop the foot, then pulled on the foot a little more and thefoot came off – then removed the button from the front. I’ll keep them in a safe place with the restof my projector parts to easily replace in the future if I ever dismount. Fits like a glove after that.
Powered the 1075 up and started initial adjustmentsprojecting to my Da-Lite 110" (1.3) Powered/Tensioned Screen. Since I had everything connected, at first I wasusing the projected TV signal to make adjustments but was getting frustratedduring dark scenes as I could barely make out the edge of the screen foralignments. Finally remembered to gointo the PJ menu and select the test pattern. Everything then aligned perfectly and quickly… my PJ mount has adjustmentknobs for horizontal and vertical (pitch and yaw) and zoom/focus did therest. I didn’t even need to use verticallens shift. The install resulted in zerokeystone offset and a beautiful super squared-off rectangular 16:9 display.
I switched to display my PC in 1080P and completed thefinite focus on very small text within a window and double checked the fullscreen focus by moving the text window to all four corners. Amazingly, the entire screen has the same sharpfocus. For a PC display, what anincredible difference from my previous IN76 with 720P. I mean, I also have a 1080P 24” monitor...but, 1080P monitor screen real estate was consumed by increasing the text andicon size to make them readable. On thebig screen, they can remain small and it looks incredibly sharp and vibrant. Sorry, just needed a moment to talk about thatwhat most of you have been enjoying for several years.
Total unpacking, old PJ removal, install, and adjustments –under 3 hours. More to come in my nextposts on my first impressions for movies, 3D, and gaming on the HT1075. I also ordered and received three pair of the EStarAmerica ESG601 DLP Link 3D glasses during the time period above.
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With the PJ mounted, front lens to screen is about 9’ 7”.
Powered the 1075 up and started initial adjustments projecting to my Da-Lite 110" (1.3) Amazingly, the entire screen has the same sharp focus. For a PC display, what an incredible difference from my previous IN76 with 720P. On the big screen, it looks incredibly sharp and vibrant.
Excellent! I think your short throw distance helps the full screen focus with the BenQ. I came from a 720p Acer 5360 and was a bit disappointed that the higher resolution of the W1070 didn't make a huge difference on movies, even at 1:1 viewing distance. On computer text though I'm sure it is more obvious. Now that I have lived with the BenQ for a couple years it would be interesting to fire up the Acer for comparison, but alas, it died a sad death long ago.
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Not ever gonna happen in a projector under $1500 and under IMO. The BenQ 1075-1085ST types will always be the standard. That's close enough and good enough. Just to make us trade up to over $3000 models.

Or get us ti just get a Screen Innovations "Black Diamond" type screen to get the inky blacks. Personally I plan to buy the BenQ 1080ST and a 100" Black Diamond combo in 2015. And not give a hoot about anything I think I might be missing out on.
It is a little bothersome that Epson can put an iris in the 8345 and 3000 for $800/$1200 while inexpensive DLPs simply have to settle with a lack of physical iris. The DLP superior native contrast is great, but I doubt anyone would complain about having BOTH for around $1000.

Also, if you're feeling a little handy, you can make a 100"-110" BlackDiamond type screen for about $40 with no special tools or previous skills.
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So I've joined the HT1085ST club and am very pleased with the purchase. I realize that I could have saved some money but I was erring on the side of most recent upgrades/improved build. Presently it is being projected onto my wall and on top of the in wall speakers I installed. The 135" Jamestown Seymour 1.2 gain acoustically transparent screen will show up in the very beginning of Jan. First projector I've owned and I can confidently say I'll never go back to a TV in family or theater room setting. Speaking of settings though, out of the box everything looks great to me. Are there any improvements that can be made? I have it on cinema and smart eco now.
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Yes, no vertical or horizontal lens shift. Just keystone adjustments.

I've had the BenQ W1080ST from some time now and have been very happy with it. Not sure if the step up is worth the extra $$$ compared to existing models.

Lastly - - if you haven't incorporated a Darbee Darblet with your projector - - either standalone or with the OPPO 103D - - you really won't know how good the BenQ projectors perform. Night and day as far as my experience goes.

Wireless is always "iffy" and a last resort in my book. Not that it can't work in the right environment - - but it brings a whole new set of issues to deal with.

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Lastly - - if you haven't incorporated a Darbee Darblet with your projector - - either standalone or with the OPPO 103D - - you really won't know how good the BenQ projectors perform. Night and day as far as my experience goes.
I am planning on using a Darbee as well, don't have it yet and was going to do that after getting a new receiver, adding the eight Lane theater seats and the raised bar in back with four bar stools as 'cheap seats'. So, basically last on my list but if really needed or worth it I'm sure I can bump it up in line.
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I am planning on using a Darbee as well, don't have it yet and was going to do that after getting a new receiver, adding the eight Lane theater seats and the raised bar in back with four bar stools as 'cheap seats'. So, basically last on my list but if really needed or worth it I'm sure I can bump it up in line.
Sounds like a real nice setup! One of the first things I did with my HT was to order the Darblet after reading so many glowing reviews - - especially with projectors. You can really tell the difference by toggling on and off. As I said earlier, night and day.

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Is there any truth to the Darbee not liking a short HDMI cable from source?
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I'm in the market for a projector and what caught my eye with the 1075 (over the 1070) is it's short throw ability. In my set up I would need to place the projector on a coffee table that would be between 6-7ft away from the screen. Given my scenario, would it be advisable to get the 1075 over the 1070?

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I'm in the market for a projector and what caught my eye with the 1075 (over the 1070) is it's short throw ability. In my set up I would need to place the projector on a coffee table that would be between 6-7ft away from the screen. Given my scenario, would it be advisable to get the 1075 over the 1070?
The 1070 and 1075 have the same throw ratio. Though shortish compared to the typical home theater projector they won't product a huge image from so close.
The 1080 and the 1085 are the actual short throw models and either would cast a large image from your coffee table.
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The 1070 and 1075 have the same throw ratio. Though shortish compared to the typical home theater projector they won't product a huge image from so close.
The 1080 and the 1085 are the actual short throw models and either would cast a large image from your coffee table.
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Cont.post #74... Well, I've had some time to take the HT1075 out for a spin – bottom line – it’s a great projector. For movies, I've watched several DVD and BRD based movies. But just as DavidK442 mentioned, it's a grasp at straws to find even something to rave about when comparing my old IN76 (720) to the HT1075. My IN76 always had good contrast (black blacks and great detail in dark scenes) and I can't tell any difference to the HT1075 - looks just as good. The picture is beautiful and unless you're really anal and picky about each pixel it's just flat out hard to see a real difference. For me… HD is HD unless of course a film or video is badly encoded or interlaced and my IN76 did a great job in the 720/1080I res. I guess it boils down to simply enjoying the movie or making an academically and monetary challenging lifetime pursuit in trying to achieve the greatest picture ever displayed on your screen (whoever dies with the best picture - wins concept). Sub-optimizing the picture quality too much can have detrimental effects depending on video source - as it will also accentuate the bad with the good. It's certainly an individual choice and based on your source video library. My HT1075 had nearly perfect settings straight out of the box. I spent a couple hours running through calibration displays only to find there was nothing to change. I'm not a calibration pro, but I did change several settings only to set them back at or near default to meet calibration rqmts. I did make onesie, twosie personal tweaks to match my HT lighting environment. Time flys - already logged 350 hrs on the PJ.
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HT1075 3D -- Wow, spoiler alert. Hard to believe there are just a handful of posts that states anything good about 3D. I watched Avatar, Gravity, Polar Express, and Star Trek – Into Darkness in 3D in the past week. I also saw a few 3D clips on youtube. What’s next??? I can’t wait. I really enjoyed the 3D films more than their 2D versions. I’m not into the whole “poke in your face” 3D, but having the depth of field makes everything more realistic. It really makes you gasp for air when a camera follows someone jumping off of a cliff… rewind-play-rewind-play. I’ve only seen passive 3D before, active turned out to be real eye candy. Hard to believe this never caught on – I guess it’s the “wearing glasses” thing – a natural prophylactic HA! Now, almost every TV sold today is 3D capable, so maybe it still might catch on. However, I’m sure the masses are lining up for the hologram projections with no glasses I also can’t complain as I haven’t seen any ghosting during high action scenes nor rainbows (must not be susceptible as I never saw them with IN76 either). After reading most of the 1000 post thread on DLP glasses, I sprung for the EStar 3D glasses. Work great for our family with no problems. Initially charged up in less than two hours and watched four movies and still going strong. Probably need a recharge soon though. Here’s another good part… when I viewed a youtube H-SBS video from my HTPC, it passed the 3D through my Pioneer VSX-84TXSi A/V receiver just fine. Had to manually set the 3D SBS or T&B setting in the PJ settings though. So, no direct HDMI cable rodeo needed. Full couch potato 3D. For the Sony BRP, it detected the 3D BRD and made the setting changes automatically.
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HT1075 - I do have a couple issues with the built-in PJ audio. First, I don’t want it on and would never use it in my HT. But, I don’t think it works correctly. When I first tested it, I expected the audio from a selected HDMI source input could be heard when unmuted. But I get a crackling noise from the PJ speaker from my Pioneer A/V receiver input on HDMI-1 and also on HDMI-2 coming directly from my Sony BRP. Is audio only heard when you directly connect to the analog input jack?? Second, and was very annoying for a while… the PJ doesn’t remember MUTE or volume settings when cycling on/off or changing sources. So when I'd power-up the speaker would start crackling and I'd have to dive for the remote to turn Mute on. Maybe my PJ’s audio circuit is broke… but, at least for the past week or so it has been silent. Silence is golden- not RMA worthy if it stays silent. Anyone else have this problem? Termination? Ground difference between rack and PJ causing audio distortion? IN76 didn't have a speaker - so don't know. Haven't made time to investigate further... too consumed watching movies and gaming - go figure.


Update: Found time to troubleshoot... It turns out not to be a problem with the HT1075 PJ, but with the way I directed the PC audio through my AV receiver. So, the crackling noise has been fixed. However, it would be great to have a PJ firmware upgrade that would retain the PJ audio mute setting between power down / power up cycles. Other settings are retained during power down / power up cycles, why not mute?

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Anyone else having issue with a green flicker at times while viewing? No matter the source, I have all routed through my receiver with a single HDMI out. This has been up for a few weeks and I have only noticed it in the past week or so. Was just looking for others experience with this.
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Guys i can't find this projector in europe.
But i bet the W1070+W is the europian version of the HT1075.
Can someone confirm this?
Is it the same projector?

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to make life easy, hier is the spec list:
http://shop.benq.eu/store/benqeu/nl_...oryID.27956100
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Guys i can't find this projector in europe.
But i bet the W1070+W is the europian version of the HT1075.
Can someone confirm this?
Is it the same projector?

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to make life easy, hier is the spec list:
http://shop.benq.eu/store/benqeu/nl_...oryID.27956100
You are correct sir.
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