January 26th, 2012 Art Feierman
UPDATE: The BenQ W7000 projector review has been posted!
As many of you who have been waiting, knew, I had expected to have a replacement BenQ W7000 projector with the “final firmware” arrive right about now – a week or two after CES, to check on how good the W7000′s black levels would be.
I heard from BenQ back three days ago (sorry, I’m late with this), that Taiwan likely would not be able get the finished firmware out the door to the folks here at BenQ, before the Chinese New Year. (which has begun).
With the vacation time associated over there, with the holiday, etc., I would now tend to expect to have a W7000 back in my hands with the new firmware, probably the week of Feb 6th. It will take me less than 48 hours to assess, update the review, and alert all of you. Thanks for your patience. BTW, here’s a short piece I found online about the Chinese New Year – and the year of the Dragon:
Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4710 begins on Jan. 23, 2012.
Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.
Breathing Fire into the New Year
Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in dragon years are innovative, brave, and passionate. Salvador Dali, John Lennon, and Mary-Louise Parker were all born in the year of the dragon. (this from infoplease.com).
Hang in there – and Happy Chinese New Year! -art
PS. Year 4710 is a whole lot of years ago – to the start of the Chinese calendar, however Read the rest of this entry »
January 9th, 2012 Art Feierman
Well hello there everyone! It’s Lisa here, Art’s daughter – the unsung hero. You can thank me for all the pretty images you see on Projector Reviews (I’ve spent many, MANY hours making sure his reviews look nice for you all). I’m blogging to let you know about an exciting new thing Dad’s doing at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)… He’ll be podcasting! Read the rest of this entry »
January 7th, 2012 Art Feierman
UDPDATE: The full Mitsubishi HC7800D Review has been posted here.
Greetings projector folk, it’s time to give you a quick run down on the Mitsubishi HC7800D home theater projector, before the full review is ready.
Mitsubishi HC7800D 3D Home Theater Projector
But first – one more time: Happy New Year!
OK, to the Mitsubishi HC7800D projector. This projector (pre-production unit) looks to replace the HC6800 but it features a change in technology, from LCD to DLP, and of course, adds 3D abilities. The HC7800D I got to work with (for a week), I returned to them Thursday (two days ago), as they needed it for the CES show. They will return to me, either that HC7800, or another, with newer (hopefully final production) firmware, when we all get back from the show in a week.
The HC7800D sports an MSRP of $3995, but MAP – the minimum advertised price is $2495 (or was it $2499?). Sales are going to be through CEDIA dealers, that is, local, installing type dealers.
Let’s touch on some key points: Read the rest of this entry »
January 2nd, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings and Happy New Year!
OK, I got distracted with all the holiday activities. Let me bring you all up to speed on what I finally heard back from BenQ, in terms of answers to my questions.
Lot’s of hopefully really good news:
I’ll run though a number of items I mentioned to them, and their response.
First, regarding the dip we found in the W7000′s cyan secondary color. BenQ says that is corrected in the January firmware. That required Mike to go into the CMS to get a good calibration, something we normally don’t do.
Black Level not as good as the W6000: Their exact response: ”We did the measurement of the latest unit of W7000 and W6000 we have, and the result shows that they are about the same”
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