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Old 09-22-2015, 09:56 AM   #1
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hi guys

I want a larger screen and have never seen a projector in person.

i have a panasonic plasma 55vt50,samsung 55c7000 and a sharp 52le920.

How much difference in PQ will there be in switching to the benq w1070?

my usage will be games/movies 50/50

i have a very dark room.

is there any motion blur or lag when gaming?


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Old 09-22-2015, 10:40 AM   #2
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I just bought one a month ago after doing exhaustive research. The w1070 is simply a fantastic projector, and consistently rated as one of the top 2 or 3 in that price range. (That is to say $1000 or less.) It even out-rates the newer model (I believe it's 1075) in several comparisons I've seen.

I'm coming off a Samsung 51" 3D Plasma, (and I also have a 48" LED-lit LCD), so I can probably give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the change...

As far as PQ goes, it's literally the best I've ever seen from a projector. Granted, my experience is only based on 4 different units I've watched at friend's houses, and so many other things can effect the quality (lighting, source material, screen quality, etc...) But all things considered, its PQ is absolutely stunning. Razor-sharp images, nearly perfect color accuracy, the screen door effect dissipates/dissapears at probably only 4-5 feet away, and I personally have seen absolutely zero rainbow effect.

And if you like 3D, I simply cannot overstate this sir... The w1070 quite literally has THE single best 3D I have ever witnessed, hands-down, and I am including LCD, Plasma, and movie-theater experiences in that comparison. It has the most pronounced 3D I've ever seen, coupled with absolutely ZERO cross-talk. I've never seen anything like it, and I have bought dozens more 3D movies and games since I got mine because I was so blown away by it.

That said, coming off plasma, there are a couple of caveats to the PQ... For starters, the black levels simply cannot hold a candle to Plasma or even LCD; it's just not even close. After many hours of calibrating, I have got it to a place where I'm happy with it, but if I look back and forth between my plasma and my screen, it kinda hurts to see how dramatically the black levels suffer.

That's true of any projector of course, but the w1070 is typically noted for under-performing in that category even for a projector. It's not a deal-breaker by any stretch, but it's definitely worth mentioning, and you're going to want to do everything you can to help. By that I mean, calibrate the hell out of it, go with a grey screen (over a white), and ensure there is quite literally NO light in the room but the projector. And you won't need any anyway, this thing is simply a light-cannon.

The other loss in PQ is in fast-motion. It's nothing that I notice anymore, but for the first few days of using it, it bothered me that fast-motion was not quite as smooth as it is on a Plasma. But again, I think that's the case with DLP projectors in general more then this model in particular.

IMHO, the 1070 is a no-brainier at what it's going for right now, and if you're coming off a 55" TV and opt for a 100" screen or bigger... you won't believe what a huge change it is. I'm having more fun with it then I could even describe. (I may never leave my house again.)

You could get slightly better black-levels and motion with an LCD projector, but to get 1070s level of quality you'd have to spend quite a bit more, and from what I understand 3D will suffer greatly as well. The 1070 also has a very short throw, which can be super-helpful if you don't have a monstrous room to dedicate to it...

*Oh, and so far as gaming goes, I haven't played like Rock Band or anything on it where a MS of lag can be noticeable, but it holds up perfectly well to anything I've tried to do with it, including playing Street Fighter somewhat competitively. Again though, the 3D sir.. the 3D... It's brought a bunch of Ps3 games out of retirement for me that I thought had bad 3D... They didn't, my Sammy Plasma just had crappy 3D. If you have a Ps4, buy and play Trine 2 in 3D, you will never want to play any game in 2D again; it's absolutely amazing.

Btw, I've tried three different screen purchases/builds at this point, so I can say with certainty to make absolutely SURE you go with a grey screen; white is far too reflective for this unit.

I'm currently throwing (from about 12 feet) onto a 144" that I built with some simply tools and a roll of Carl's fabric, and the picture is just outstanding:
http://www.amazon.com/Carls-ProGray-.../dp/B00JDQ1O5W
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thank you Noct for such a great response you pretty much sold me on it.
i think i will definitely have to give it a try and thanks for the link it seems cheaper than most screens i was looking at.

I cant thank you enough for your time you covered every concern i had and some i didn't even know about.
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:09 AM   #4
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thank you Noct for such a great response you pretty much sold me on it.
i think i will definitely have to give it a try and thanks for the link it seems cheaper than most screens i was looking at.

I cant thank you enough for your time you covered every concern i had and some i didn't even know about.
Glad to help, and I'll gush about this projector all day. I'm simply in love with the thing.

Yeah, and as far as screens go, I bought two before I made mine, and I'm infinitely happier with the DIY one, which has a nicer picture, and was a fraction of the cost...

I started with a cheap 80" generic white tri-pod style (Craig's list), quickly decided I wanted bigger and bought an Elite White 100" manual pull-down... which was nice, but I didn't like the material (had noticeable threads), so like a week later I ended up ditching that to build a 144" grey one myself. Heh, just start off as big as you can, don't waste the money starting small...

It's mad easy to build and way cheaper. Good luck!
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Don't forget you need to deal with sound separately.
Yeah, absolutely. I don't know if any projector has a good one, but the w1070's speaker is hot garbage. It sounds like a group of deaf people yelling in a tin can. I couldn't speak to it's external audio output, as I just bypass it completely and optical-cable my audio to my receiver.

The other things worth mentioning are that it only has two HDMI inputs, so you'll probably want to buy an HDMI switch if you intend to hook up multiple units. I got a solid 3-input switch on Amazon (with remote) for like $15 or something...

The other thing is that you are going to want to buy a UPS asap. I only had my projector running for a few days before I had a power flicker, and the Pj did NOT like it. It refused to turn back on afterwards and gave me a damaged lamp warning. It turned out to just be a safety feature, and worked fine after letting it cool down, but I immediately bought a 1000va UPS ($100 on amazon) just for the peace of mind, and I couldn't be happier. A 1000va CyberPower (simulated-sine) UPS will run the Pj for about 10 minutes on battery; more then enough time to cover power-flickers, or shut it down safely in the event of an outtage.

I have my own thread where we discussed them if you want to read it, or get a link the UPS I personally went with:
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I just use my AVR for switching sources to my projector. Didn't even realize that projector has a speaker as mine does not. One thing about DLP vs LCD projectors is there much more finicky as to placement
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