I thought I'd move this conversation to your Viewsonic Thread opposed to the "Super confused/overwhelmed...." Thread someone posted.
6/5/18, I asked this to Bud:
I thought I was set on the BenQ HT 2050a due to the ceiling placement limitation I have. Max distance from Lens to screen is a little over 10 feet. I currently have a Panasonic AE-500U 720p from 13/14 years ago. I have it as far back as I can get it and max out at 100". I really want 1080p (not ready for 4K yet, especially given their throw ranges) and increase the size of my screen from 100" to 110 or 120".
I came across another post somewhere about the Viewsonic Pro 7827 where they claim 100% of Rec709, superb contrast and 99% of their claimed brightness. Now I'm torn as I thought I was going with the BenQ 2050a. They both have a 3 year warranty. The BenQ 2050a is $250 more than the Viewsonic and the replacement lamps are more. The savings could buy a SilverTicket Screen (I'm using a DIY BlackoutCloth Screen currently).
Do you or anyone have any opinions on the Viewsonic Pro 7827 vs BenQ 2050a? I have a dedicated Theater room. Black front wall, black ceiling, Dark Gray side walls and gray carpet. There is no ambient light. Only light I have when watching movies is from the PJ itself. I also read some reviews that said the Viewsonic fan is quite loud.
6/6/18, Bud responded with this:
The downside between the two as best I know are a couple things. First is if you are seriously into games the lag of the Viewsonic is greater than the BenQ. Casual gaming I’m told it isn’t an issue. I don’t play games so it isn’t a issue in my case. The other is fan noise level. In eco mode the fan is slightly louder in the Viewsonic than the Benq. We project a 110” image and sit directly below the projector it is about 3’ above and although you can hear it when the sound of the movie is off it is not at all disturbing to us. To be honest I think you would hear the BenQ in that situation as well or almost any projector unless it is enclosed in a hush box. With audio from our sound system playing the projector noise is lost in the mix. It is like how you might not hear your furnace running when it comes on. On the brightest mode the fan jumps up in speed and gets a little louder yet and for me would become slightly annoying in a very quiet movie. With a 110” screen the only times I run in bright setting is for watching sports or something with a bunch of people and the task lighting turned up. In that case the audio is turned up and with people talking no one notices the fan noise they are too interested in the beautiful vivid image.
For me the 250 savings roughly 33% was more than worth it and the great experience I had with my previous Viewsonic projector it was WXGA or 720p. I upgraded for 1080p and also the RGBRGB color wheel.
Here is a page I started about it with some links to reviews.
Users Thread & Review Viewsonic Pro7827HD.
To keep going....
I do not play games, so the input lag is of little relevance to me. I do have a completely darkened room and plan to purchase a Silver Ticket White Screen for 110' or so. I read many things saying for DLP, it's best to go with a White screen, but not sure. Here are some questions, that if you have the time to provide any answers, would be great.
1- For a completely Dark Dedicated Home Theater Room, would you recommend a White or Gray Screen for the Viewsonic?
2- I'm thinking of purchasing a UHD Player and playing 4K movies on it with HDR off to take advantage of Dolby Atmos. What are you using for your sources? I read some reviews on Amazon, and some are saying depending on the HDCP of your source, the Viewsonic may not accept it. So now questioning whether I can hook up a UHD Player to this one.
3- As with #2
, are there any issues with Roku, Apple TV or any other sources from connecting to the Viewsonic due to the type of HDCP used?
4- Does anyone know if I can purchase from Amazon Prime, try out this PJ, and if the Fan is too loud for my liking, send it back for a refund? I know their electronic return policy is 30 days on unopened boxes, or if device doesn't operate correctly or damaged. I don't want to be dishonest, but also don't know if I can live with a loud fan in my room. I have short ceilings at 7.5'. I will be sitting directly under the PJ. My 13 year old Panasonic is barely noticeable. I should get my SPL meter and measure the dB to see what it really is for a reference point.
5- I watched a Youtube video on the Viewsonic and commented and the user stated that he did not feel I'd see much of a difference, if any difference in Picture Quality between the BenQ 2050A and this Viewsonic. Thoughts?
6- You seem to have many years of experience with FP. I've only owned one, and it's 13 years old. My concerns may not be valid. It's a Panasonic AE-500U (or PT 500U....something 500U). It's 720p and Lumens were listed at 750 by Panny, and measured at something like 150 by Projector Central after user calibrated. The contrast is around 1,000:1. But, it was around a $2K projector that I bought on sale for $1,500 in 2005. The Viewsonic and BenQ both kill the Panny on paper. I am just concerned that maybe the Panny was such better "Quality" that even these newer 1080p with much better specs won't perform as well as a much higher cost PJ back then. Any Thoughts?
7- I've read about so many PJs of late, I'm not sure, but think it was the Viewsonic I saw had no Lens Cover. Won't this cause potential issues with more dust entering the lens and causing dust blobs on the screen?
I know that's a lot of questions, and any feedback at all would be appreciated. I have a problem making decisions, my wife lets me know that all the time...LOL. I finally felt good with the BenQ 2050A until I started reading the poor Brightness Uniformity. As far as I know, that may not be noticeable watching movies which is what I'll be doing 100% of the time. Now I come across this Viewsonic and how much cheaper it is and am rethinking everything