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Benq TH670 Projector - $399 at Frys w/promo code email - Ships Free

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Frys Electronics has the (NEW) Benq TH670 1080p Projector (office/home theater hybrid) on final closeout for $399 w/promo code email. This is a great budget projector for those looking to get into the projector field for the first time. It is a bright projector so can be used in rooms with some ambient light and do just fine.

http://www.frys.com/product/86477...mail061517

Specs:
1080p
1 HDMI
2 VGA
1 USB Type A
1 USB Type mini B
3000 ANSI Lumens
10w speaker
3D
10,000 lamp hours in SmartEco

Projectorcentral Review:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/b...review.htm

Projectorcentral Throw Calculator:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/B...or-pro.htm

Make sure to check the throw calculator to see if it will project the image size you are looking for in your room application. EX. A 120" diagonal 16:9 image needs the projector lens at least 13' away, but not more than 15' 8" away. This is NOT a short throw projector.
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Here is my promocode if anyone would like to use it:
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The promocode is good through Saturday according to email.
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Funny to see someone posting these deals. I've seen the TH670 on sale for $449 multiples times recently and now as low as $399 at Fry's. I've also seen the MH741 on sale for $729 at Fry's. Both have specs that look at least as good as the HT2050 or W1070 and they both have far more lumens (nearly double at 4000 on the MH741). Yet in every past BenQ projector thread I've read on SD, the HT2050 and W1070 are mentioned as good choices for people buying budget home theaters but never the TH670 or MH741.

So I wonder: is there something wrong with the TH670 and MH741 that makes them not as good as the HT2050 or W1070, or do people just forget to mention them for some reason?
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Is this better then Benq W1070?
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Funny to see someone posting these deals. I've seen the TH670 on sale for $449 multiples times recently and now as low as $399 at Fry's. I've also seen the MH741 on sale for $729 at Fry's. Both have specs that look at least as good as the HT2050 or W1070 and they both have far more lumens (nearly double at 4000 on the MH741). Yet in every past BenQ projector thread I've read on SD, the HT2050 and W1070 are mentioned as good choices for people buying budget home theaters but never the TH670 or MH741.

So I wonder: is there something wrong with the TH670 and MH741 that makes them not as good as the HT2050 or W1070, or do people just forget to mention them for some reason?
More lumens is not necessarily a good thing, and can be misleading at times. The W1070 and newer HT2050 are dedicated home theater projectors, the TH series is not, it's a hybrid office/home theater projector...it gets a bit brighter, but only in the whites, not colors. The brighter part is really for office/presentation use in brighter rooms, it doesnt make the picture quality better, in fact, it degrades it from a contrast standpoint. Remember, contrast is one of the biggest factors in picture quality here. If you read the whole projector central review on the TH670, they say the colors look noticeably darker than the whites, and that's due to the whites being boosted from a lumens perspective vs. the colors not. You dont have this issue with the HT 2050.

The HT2050 has a superior contrast ratio to the TH670. It also is more setup for home theater use, it has vertical lens shift, which makes setting up the projector much easier (MH670 has no lens shift). The TH2050 comes with 2 HDMI vs. 1 HDMI on the TH670. RGBRGB color wheel on the HT2050 vs. not on the TH670. The HT2050 is a shorter throw projector, so you can use it better in smaller rooms. The TH670 needs to be 13 feet away for a 120" image, the HT2050 only needs to be 10 feet away by comparison.

You definitely are paying for some premium features on the HT2050 vs. the TH670, but that doesnt make the TH670 bad at all, it's a great projector for this price point of $400, just if you want a few more features, you need to spend the $700-$800 on the HT2050 to get them. I actually own a HT2050 I got refurbished from Benq for $550 shipped...so even then a new TH670 in this deal is still a decent bit cheaper. The TH670 is a great starter projector for someone not wanting to drop much money.
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Is this better then Benq W1070?
No, the W1070 is the older version of the HT2050, dedicated home theater projectors with better color wheels, contrast and more adjustments (like vertical lens shift).
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This does not have optical output to connect home theater system. I wonder how good sounds come out when connected via regular headphone jack output?
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This does not have optical output to connect home theater system. I wonder how good sounds come out when connected via regular headphone jack output?
I honestly don't know of a projector off the top of my head that has optical audio out.. You feed the signals to the projector. It does have a decent built in speaker should you need to use it, but you're supposed to really be feeding your signals to a receiver which has speakers connected to it then running 1 HDMI cable to the projector from the receiver. You shouldnt be passing audio through the projector.
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No, the W1070 is the older version of the HT2050, dedicated home theater projectors with better color wheels, contrast and more adjustments (like vertical lens shift).
So that a No?
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So that a No?
Correct, the TH670 is a budget entry level projector, the W1070 and HT2050 are steps above this, which is why they cost more.
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I know this is off topic but would anyone happen to have one of the secret codes available from this past Sunday that they aren't going to use?
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More lumens is not necessarily a good thing, and can be misleading at times. The W1070 and newer HT2050 are dedicated home theater projectors, the TH series is not, it's a hybrid office/home theater projector...it gets a bit brighter, but only in the whites, not colors. The brighter part is really for office/presentation use in brighter rooms, it doesnt make the picture quality better, in fact, it degrades it from a contrast standpoint. Remember, contrast is one of the biggest factors in picture quality here. If you read the whole projector central review on the TH670, they say the colors look noticeably darker than the whites, and that's due to the whites being boosted from a lumens perspective vs. the colors not. You dont have this issue with the HT 2050.

The HT2050 has a superior contrast ratio to the TH670. It also is more setup for home theater use, it has vertical lens shift, which makes setting up the projector much easier (MH670 has no lens shift). The TH2050 comes with 2 HDMI vs. 1 HDMI on the TH670. RGBRGB color wheel on the HT2050 vs. not on the TH670. The HT2050 is a shorter throw projector, so you can use it better in smaller rooms. The TH670 needs to be 13 feet away for a 120" image, the HT2050 only needs to be 10 feet away by comparison.

You definitely are paying for some premium features on the HT2050 vs. the TH670, but that doesnt make the TH670 bad at all, it's a great projector for this price point of $400, just if you want a few more features, you need to spend the $700-$800 on the HT2050 to get them. I actually own a HT2050 I got refurbished from Benq for $550 shipped...so even then a new TH670 in this deal is still a decent bit cheaper. The TH670 is a great starter projector for someone not wanting to drop much money.
Thanks so much and repped! That was the kind of detail I was hoping to see. I really appreciate the explanation. I have both the HT2050 and W1070, and I'm glad to know that in spite of lower lumens they are better projectors than the TH670 and MH741 I mentioned.

Maybe you can answer a couple more questions about the HT2050 which I also bought refurbished from BenQ direct. Am I correct there is no reputable company who sells a warranty on refurbished products (i.e. Squaretrade only covers new items) and even if you could buy a Squaretrade warranty, they would not cover a new bulb if it burns out or gets dim from usage within the warranty period, right? Assuming the latter is correct, the 3 moving parts are the DLP chip (though it's microscopic movements), the color wheel and the fan(s), so do you think buying extended warranties on projectors is a wise thing if the bulb is excluded? I'm past 30 days now, so it's a moot point, but I wanted to know for the future as I'm a projector fan now and I'm sure I will buy more in the future.

Next, did you find any sort of calibrations that you liked or improved things on the HT2050 (or W1070)? I admit that other than switching to Smart Eco mode and putting it in high altitude mode (because my W1070 kept switching off every 2-3 hours) I haven't touched any of the settings, and I'm happy with how they both look. However, if they could be improved by some better settings I'd like to know.

And a question to everyone with BenQ 3D projectors... has anyone tried the Monoprice DLP 144 Hz 3D glasses that were around $13 each? Last time I checked the AV forums thread about it, nobody gave any in depth reviews. I'm wondering if they are comparable to the $25 Ultimate Heaven ones.
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Did they ever fix the problem with these DLP projectors and the blurred text? From what I remember, you could never get the entire image in focus, and one quadrant of the screen would be blurry.
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Thanks so much and repped! That was the kind of detail I was hoping to see. I really appreciate the explanation. I have both the HT2050 and W1070, and I'm glad to know that in spite of lower lumens they are better projectors than the TH670 and MH741 I mentioned.

Maybe you can answer a couple more questions about the HT2050 which I also bought refurbished from BenQ direct. Am I correct there is no reputable company who sells a warranty on refurbished products (i.e. Squaretrade only covers new items) and even if you could buy a Squaretrade warranty, they would not cover a new bulb if it burns out or gets dim from usage within the warranty period, right? Assuming the latter is correct, the 3 moving parts are the DLP chip (though it's microscopic movements), the color wheel and the fan(s), so do you think buying extended warranties on projectors is a wise thing if the bulb is excluded? I'm past 30 days now, so it's a moot point, but I wanted to know for the future as I'm a projector fan now and I'm sure I will buy more in the future.

Next, did you find any sort of calibrations that you liked or improved things on the HT2050 (or W1070)? I admit that other than switching to Smart Eco mode and putting it in high altitude mode (because my W1070 kept switching off every 2-3 hours) I haven't touched any of the settings, and I'm happy with how they both look. However, if they could be improved by some better settings I'd like to know.

And a question to everyone with BenQ 3D projectors... has anyone tried the Monoprice DLP 144 Hz 3D glasses that were around $13 each? Last time I checked the AV forums thread about it, nobody gave any in depth reviews. I'm wondering if they are comparable to the $25 Ultimate Heaven ones.
I used these settings for HT2050 and tweaked little bit on gamma
https://www.soundandvision.com/co...r-settings
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Thanks so much and repped! That was the kind of detail I was hoping to see. I really appreciate the explanation. I have both the HT2050 and W1070, and I'm glad to know that in spite of lower lumens they are better projectors than the TH670 and MH741 I mentioned.

Maybe you can answer a couple more questions about the HT2050 which I also bought refurbished from BenQ direct. Am I correct there is no reputable company who sells a warranty on refurbished products (i.e. Squaretrade only covers new items) and even if you could buy a Squaretrade warranty, they would not cover a new bulb if it burns out or gets dim from usage within the warranty period, right? Assuming the latter is correct, the 3 moving parts are the DLP chip (though it's microscopic movements), the color wheel and the fan(s), so do you think buying extended warranties on projectors is a wise thing if the bulb is excluded? I'm past 30 days now, so it's a moot point, but I wanted to know for the future as I'm a projector fan now and I'm sure I will buy more in the future.

Next, did you find any sort of calibrations that you liked or improved things on the HT2050 (or W1070)? I admit that other than switching to Smart Eco mode and putting it in high altitude mode (because my W1070 kept switching off every 2-3 hours) I haven't touched any of the settings, and I'm happy with how they both look. However, if they could be improved by some better settings I'd like to know.

And a question to everyone with BenQ 3D projectors... has anyone tried the Monoprice DLP 144 Hz 3D glasses that were around $13 each? Last time I checked the AV forums thread about it, nobody gave any in depth reviews. I'm wondering if they are comparable to the $25 Ultimate Heaven ones.
I couldn't comment on the warranty part honestly, haven't even crossed my mind. Generally I expect these to be very reliable and just change out the bulb when the time comes. Mine isn't going to get a TON of use though (football season Saturdays, and some movies here and there), so that's why i feel no need to get the warranty.

I literally did a rough setup of my HT2050 last night (just got it last week), no calibrations yet, I will hook up my PS4 to it so I can run the Disney WOW disc and calibrate it using that though very soon.

Havent tried the monoprice glasses, seems a lot of folks on AVS forums recommend the DLP Link ELEPHAS glasses on Amazon ($73 for 4 pack). I would go for rechargable if you use often. Performance, comfort level and rechargable would be my Top 3 priorities for 144hz 3d glasses. I have absolutely no 3d content but thought about subscribing to store-3d-blurayrental.com 2 disc a month for like $8.99 and try that out. Also includes 4k UHD rentals and games.
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