BenQ W5000 DLP 1080p Home Theater Projector Review

From Space Cowboys, this image of Clint is in a very dark room only illuminated by a down facing table lamp. The first image is from the BenQ W5000 projector, the second, from the Sony VW40, and lastly, the JVC RS1 (which I own), and the projector that had the best black levels of any projector reviewed, until the RS2 came out.

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The image immediately above (JVC RS1), was taken early 2007. Look for details in the blinds in the back. You will note, that the shadow details are similar. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to get exactly the same exposure. In this case, you can see that the upper image (the Sony, is a bit more overexposed). With that considered, to me, this looks about as close to a tie as one can get.

To put these three particularly excellent projectors (at black levels) in perspective to more average projectors, here’s one more, this time from the Panasonic PT-AE2000U: (Dark areas just aren’t black enough, even though shadow detail is very good).

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So close.Here’s the re-entry image from Space Cowboys. Click on thethumbnail image for an overexposed version, and look for the details on the right side.

Click to enlarge.  This image is found on most recent reviews:

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Click to enlarge.  So close.Now for a more balanced scene (where dynamic irises are not very effective). The left thumbnail when clicked on shows a cropped area. This scene has extremely bright areas, and dark. Look at these overexposed images to details of the satellite on the left side. The left thumbnail is the BenQ, the right one, the JVC RS1:

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his (generic) image of the resort at night looks great, but when you click on the images below, you’ll see significantly overexposed versions. Look to the bushes, and most importantly the building’s roof. The average 1080p projector’s roof is near invisible under normal viewing, or you can make out a little detail toward the left and top of the roof line. Now that’s the type of results we consider shadow detail so important: The enlargement of the first image is the W5000 overexposed, the second, is the Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB, and the third one, the Sony VW40.

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