A note on the Family Room setting. On this pre-production unit, I found the color saturation setting to be a bit high (8). I found things more natural by dialing it down between -3 and +1. I also found the reds to be a bit strong, especially in the lower brightness range. This was easily correctable, without a light meter, using the basic AVIA disk (or even by eyeballing it.) In other words, the color was pretty excellent, and needed only simple adjustment to take the finished picture to the next level of image performance.
There's been a lot of hype about the super high contrast ratios the new low cost LCD projectors are offering (5000 - 7000:1). Those LCD projectors use irises and computer control to adjust the image frame by frame. The PE-8720 home theater projector offers the "real thing". Put on any scene with lots of dark and bright areas, and you can immediately see that those LCD projectors cannot come close to delivering the real black levels that today's Darkchip3 DLP projectors can produce.
The image here from LOTR of Arwen, and also further down, of Gandalf, simply stated, produces truly excellent and natural looking fleshtones, and that is perhaps the most critical single thing for a home theater projector to accomplish. No matter how good other things are, if fleshtones don't look right, instant
customer - dissatisfaction.
Switching to Sin City, the great black levels the BenQ projector is capable of, become apparent.
On the double wide screen, I compared the PE-8720 against the low cost Panasonic PT-AE900u (which recently won a Hot Product Award).
Sorry, LCD fans, the BenQ is in a different league, in terms of the overall image. The trick colors in the fleshtones, and the detail in the dark areas, definitely are superior on the BenQ projector. (OK, the Panasonic is less than 1/3 the price, but it is reassuring to know that you can get your moneys worth when you spend that much more).