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Posts with topic BenQ W20000:

Issues with the Epson

In case you have not been tuning in lately, we've been trying to resolve an issue with the Epson 6500UB and 6100 before proceeding with the reviews. The issue is that they tend to fall out of focus during the first half hour of a viewing session, if they have been started up at room temperature. Epson maintains that this may occur during an initial break-in period, but that they will stabilize with time. We have been putting our test units through a series of power up and power down cycles, and putting some hours on them to see if the defocusing issue is resolved with normal use.more

Impressive BenQ Model and Upcoming Reviews

We've just posted a review of the BenQ W20000, the newest flagship, high performance 1080p projector from BenQ. Overall, this is the most impressive home theater projector yet made by BenQ. Though retail priced at $7,999, it is available for 4,999, including a three year warranty. Outstanding value for sharp, high contrast 1080p performance.more

Projectors and Screens Enroute

Thanks very much for all the feedback regarding the use of projectors for the display of photography. There is obviously great interest in this subject, and we will focus on testing a variety of models in different price ranges specifically for this purpose. We have already invited a number of submissions for this evaluation, and the equipment is winging its way to Las Vegas.more

Establishing of Baseline of Real Comparison

As you probably already know, the contrast specifications on projectors are not reliable guides to the real contrast you experience when viewing the image on the screen. A primary reason for this is that when the projector has an automatic iris, "full on/full off" contrast measurements yields different results when the iris is on and when it is off. It is not always clear from the specs whether a projector has an auto iris, or if it does, whether the contrast rating was done with that feature activated or not. If the auto iris is off during the contrast reading, it will inevitably yield a lower number, normally referred to as native contrast.more

Experimenting

The review of the BenQ W5000 has just been posted. Wow, if you want a sharp 1080p picture this one has got it. It isn't without a flaw or two, but what projector isn't? Overall, an outstanding product from BenQ!more

Various Stages of Review

We posted our latest review of the Canon REALis SX7 yesterday afternoon. I love this projector because it does a great job of lighting up my 150" 4:3 Stewart Studiotek 130 screen. For viewing old classic films, which are a particular interest of mine, this is the way to see them. Most people will want the SX7 for high resolution display of graphics and so on, but I really enjoy it as a movie projector.more

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