March 1st, 2012 Art Feierman
UPDATE: The BenQ W7000 calibration update has been posted! Read the review here.
Greetings BenQ W7000 and home theater projector fans everywhere!
I’m going to post our calibration settings tonight! These settings are the ones that Mike came up with for the old engineering sample. The “final” W7000 firmware, though has done some fixing, including the color tables. The anomaly with Cyan, seems to be gone. Mike’s Read the rest of this entry »
February 18th, 2012 Art Feierman
BenQ W7000 Projector
UPDATE: The BenQ W7000 Review has been posted!
Greetings Projector fans,
As usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short, in getting out this blog. This time I can share the blame with our friends at BenQ. A promised Wednesday delivery turned into a Thursday afternoon one after they were a little slow getting an upgraded W7000 projector shipped out to me. Too bad, I could have driven up there on Tuesday… saved a couple days.
No worries though. I’ve been viewing the W7000 for several hours, primarily concentrating on black level performance 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”
We expect that “about the same”, means the W7000 is at least as good, so we’ll Read the rest of this entry »
December 24th, 2011 Art Feierman
Here we go with more juicy information on the BenQ W7000! and a quick link back to the first W7000 review blog -art
Greetings and happy holidays.
It’s almost Christmas Eve here in southern California, and we hope everyone is enjoying the season as much as we are. I’ll be knocking off after I finish this W7000 projector blog. (finally)
I had intended to try and get a good portion of the review up and running this evening, but there wasn’t enough time. I’ve still got 100+ images to process (Lisa’s overseas – so I have to do all that myself), and tons of writing to do. But, more importantly, at this point, I really want to speak with the BenQ folks for information on the newer firmware that’s already out there. (I am working with an early engineering sample – firmware 0.22). By now, Read the rest of this entry »
December 22nd, 2011 Art Feierman
I know many have been waiting so, here’s some useful information on the BenQ W7000 home theater projector, to get you started. The W7000 BenQ rushed to me is pre-production, firmware version 0.22. With a number that low, by now there are probably a couple of newer versions, and I certainly hope so, because this W7000 has a lot of things going for it, but other aspects are just a bit unfinished.
But first: Read the rest of this entry »
December 10th, 2011 Art Feierman
BenQ W7000, Mitsubishi HC7800D, SIM2 Nero 3D-2, Sony VPL-VW95ES Projectors
Greetings home theater projector fans,
Sorry, I’ve been remiss, regarding my blog. I’ve just finished answering probably 25+ comments scattered around a dozen different blog pieces, so with those questions all answered, deflected, or ducked, it’s time to clue you all in to what new home theater projectors are in the works and inbound!
I think you’ll be impressed: Read the rest of this entry »
November 27th, 2011 Art Feierman
Greetings one and all. Check out this link to our Comparison of the PT-AE7000 projector and the Home Cinema 5010. These two projectors slug it out in 2D and 3D.
If you’ve carefully read the individual projector reviews, you won’t be surprised, but…We’ve got lots of side-by-side photos for your consideration. And maybe we’ll throw you a curve?
Each year, it seems the two best selling non-entry level projectors are the Epson UB projectors, which the Home Cinema 5010 is the latest (despite the dropping of the Ultra-Black reference), and the Panasonic 1080p projector, this year, the PT-AE7000.
We pick a projector winner for 2D and one for 3D. You’ll have to figure out your balance of importance between 2D and 3D, a couple of other choices, and then then your final selection shouldn’t be too difficult to determine! Have a blast! -art
November 22nd, 2011 Art Feierman
Greetings, time to discuss the Epson Home Cinema 5010.
Pricing turns out to be lower than most of us originally anticipated.
Here are the official numbers per Epson: and about $300 each less than I had expected until recently.
Home Cinema 5010 – MAP of $2699!!! MSRP now $2999 (originally expected to have an MSRP of $3499 as announced at the CEDIA show in Sept.)
Home Cinema 5010e – MAP of $2999!! MSRP now $3499 (previously expected to be just below $4K)
Wow! What is most stunning about this pricing, is that Read the rest of this entry »
November 20th, 2011 Art Feierman
Acer H9500 3D projector - $1699 MSRP
Greetings home theater projector fans.
Update 11/22/11 – the bulk of the review is posted, but for the competitors and screen recommendation pages. Some more images (menus) and content to still be added.
Here’s the direct link to the Acer H9500BD home entertainment projector review. Enjoy! -art
I must admit, going into this review, never having seen the projector before, and not knowing too much about it, I didn’t have very high expectations. As it turns out I was
right (only kidding) wrong.
The Acer seems to have several rough edges, as many under $2000 projectors do (MSRP is $1699), but it also had a couple of real positive surprises.
And the first of those is that this just might be an ultra high contrast projector. I don’t think either the Optoma HD33 or the Epson Home Cinema 3010 are particularly close to the Acer H9500BD in this regard. I took some side by sides, comparing to the Read the rest of this entry »