This is kind of an Al Bundyesque reveiw - meaning your average guy review.
i.e. I'm not a videophile, and didn't do measurements and such. This is just what my eye saw, and what I preferred.
I have a habit (read; addiction) to upgrade, and try out all the latest toys. Buy, use, and sell... buy,use,sell ...repeat.
I have had the CRT: SOny 1272, 1292, digitals: Infocus 4805, SP5000, Sanyo z2, z4, Panasonic AE900U, and another, Sony Ruby, Pearl, BenQ 8700, 8700+, 8720, W10000, and others that I'm forgetting
and this is my first Epson 1080UB. I bought a few (for sale now in classifieds section) and wanted to see if I would keep one for myself. I have my W10000 which someone bought and had ISF calibrated at my house by Kevin Miller (more about him later) - so I bought another W10000 and opened up one of the 1080UB's. the competition was to see what Kevin could do with the W10000 and then decide if I wanted to have him do the same with the 2nd W10000 (and I'd keep that) or try my luck w/ the 1080UB
As for the room - Kevin rated my control of ambient light at a 10 (out of 10) - so bear that in mind when comparing to your own experiences.
Source = PS3 via HDMI
On to the competition
Stage 1 - uncalibrated:
I have to admit I'm biased towards the BenQ- at each stage it's always been the one that I prefer the most. and the W10000 has made me long forget my Sony 1292- not to say it's better - but to me I prefer it. I even saw a fellow AVS'ers RS1- and kinda felt it was a toss up- with the slight edge going to the RS1 (though he had a much more expensive screen than I do).
Anyway, I opened the Epson, watched I am Legend- blu ray, some LOTR and Cars blu-ray
Out of the box:
I was VERY impressed with the Epson- I have a strong bias towards DLP- and have always favored them over LCD - but I was surprised at hwo good the Epson was. It had more pop then the BenQ but still had a less real, less-DLP like image
I watched in Theatre Black mode, and then went on to try the Dynamic mode.
Normally I can't watch the dynamic mode - but I was very surprised - it was quite good. Maybe not to a purist, and Kevin (the ISF guy) didn't like it- but I did- and to boot it was VERY bright. Objects jumped off of the screen.
Before calibration winner:
All said and told, out of the box, I favored the Epson over the BenQ. If I had to rate, I'd give the Epson a 92 and the BenQ an 88.
Stage 2 - BenQ Calibrated
coming soon - have to feed the kids now