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Amazon has BenQ HT2050 2200 Lumens 1080p 3D Home Theater Projector on sale for $699Shipping is free. Thanks djsvetljo

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  • BenQ HT2050 2200 Lumens 1080p 3D Home Theater Projector
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  • Remote Control w/ Battery
  • Power Cord
  • Manual CD/Warranty Guide

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Found and bought a great deal for BenQ HT2050 from ProVantage.

http://www.provantage.com/benq-ht...EN90HE.htm

Amazon price matched at $699 so for those that don't pay taxes it is probably a easier purchase there.
https://www.amazon.com/BenQ-DLP-1...529e090INT

Placed order in the morning, ships tonight from Carol Stream, IL warehouse, to be delivered tomorrow (Chicago land). Did not pay tax - Provantage is based in Ohio so my guess is no tax for every other state.
Usual price for those is $799 and rarely comes down to $760 on Amazon. Provantage is based in Ohio so my guess is no tax for every other state.

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These BenQ projectors deliver great sharpness and brightness of the image, TV like. However, most seems to have poor brightness uniformity. I myself purchased 3 HT1075 that had same issue with small variances - one side is dimmer than other side. Reviews online are reporting similar findings for most models (from W1070 to HT2150ST). They claim it is not noticeable for movies but once I spotted mine it was hard not to see it, even in movies. It is worse in bright scenes and annoying in web pages (white becomes grey on the dimmer side). I keep buying them because otherwise the image is miles ahead of any 3LCD under $1600. Hoping I will get one that is acceptable.

UPDATE:
Got mine already - I am finally happy. It still slightly dimmer on left side (ceiling mounted) but way way better than the 3 HT1075 I tried and usable for browsing, sports etc.Completely unnoticeable on movies. YMMV so check our brightness with something like pure white screen. Image is super super sharp and crisp. I am mad at my self I haven't tried DLP all those years - definitely way better than 3LCD. Colors pop like OLED screen (even with "Brilliant Color" off).
Also, I can confirm the color wheel spins faster (audible) when switched to 50Hz, this makes RBE even less noticeable.
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Not too many people realize just how awesome these projectors are. Once you watch football with this on a 100+ inch screen, you'll never go back to a 50 inch tv.

I hope BenQ releases an affordable 4k HDR version next year.
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FWIW Wirecutter rated this the best $1000 projector...
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Bought this the last time it was on sale. Excellent projector. Thursday night football looks great tonight!
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Is this just an updated version of the W1070? How does this compare to the W1070?
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Is this just an updated version of the W1070? How does this compare to the W1070?
Based on reviews, much more quieter fan (quieter even than HT1075) a bit brighter and much better colors. HT2050 doesn't have horizontal keystone (HT1075 has) but still has vertical and vertical lens shift.

Oh, and BenQ market the HT*050 series with "glass lens" but never said if older models were not glass. Anyway, supposedly a better lens.
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Based on reviews, much more quieter fan (quieter even than HT1075) a bit brighter and much better colors. HT2050 doesn't have horizontal keystone (HT1075 has) but still has vertical and vertical lens shift.

Oh, and BenQ market the HT*050 series with "glass lens" but never said if older models were not glass. Anyway, supposedly a better lens.
I just wonder if they ever fixed the wheel spin speed issue that the W1070 had. If the projector operated at 60Hz, the color wheel would not spin at full speed as it should. Dropping it down to 50hz, you will get full speed color wheel spin up, which would give you drastically better image and colors.
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Based on reviews, much more quieter fan (quieter even than HT1075) a bit brighter and much better colors. HT2050 doesn't have horizontal keystone (HT1075 has) but still has vertical and vertical lens shift.

Oh, and BenQ market the HT*050 series with "glass lens" but never said if older models were not glass. Anyway, supposedly a better l
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Based on reviews, much more quieter fan (quieter even than HT1075) a bit brighter and much better colors. HT2050 doesn't have horizontal keystone (HT1075 has) but still has vertical and vertical lens shift.

Oh, and BenQ market the HT*050 series with "glass lens" but never said if older models were not glass. Anyway, supposedly a better lens.
Thanks, good analysis. Doesn't seem like a necessary upgrade over my W1070, but good to see BenQ is still on their game.
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I just wonder if they ever fixed the wheel spin speed issue that the W1070 had. If the projector operated at 60Hz, the color wheel would not spin at full speed as it should. Dropping it down to 50hz, you will get full speed color wheel spin up, which would give you drastically better image and colors.
They did not:
Color Wheel Speed‎ 6x (50Hz), 4x (60Hz)‎.
What would the speed be at 24hz is my question?

EDIT: I wonder if the Hz here refers to power lines frequency instead of video signal. It is 50hz in Europe and PJ is capable of taking 220v.
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Are 3LCD projectors really inferior to DLP in terms of image quality? I was planning on buying the Epson Home Cinema 3500 1080p 3D 3LCD because the reviews are really good for it. Any personal stories on 3LCD vs DLP home theater use?

Also, do DLP heat up to higher temperatures than 3LCD because it uses more moving parts?
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Is it likely for Amazon to pricematch?
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They did not:
Color Wheel Speed‎ 6x (50Hz), 4x (60Hz)‎.
What would the speed be at 24hz is my question?

EDIT: I wonder if the Hz here refers to power lines frequency instead of video signal. It is 50hz in Europe and PJ is capable of taking 220v.
The hertz refers to the refresh rate of the image.
Refresh rate is how often a TV changes the image (also known as a "frame") on screen. With traditional televisions, this was 60 times each second, or "60Hz." Some modern TVs can refresh at much higher rates, most commonly 120Hz (120 frames per second) and 240Hz.

I set my video card output to display the projector at 50hz, thus running the color wheel at full speed. I notice a drastic improvement in the color reproduction and less of this "shimmer" effect when it runs at 4x @ 60hz. Obviously, this may not be optimal since you now are susceptible to ghosting with fast moving objects in movies/games, though that is easier to live with than a 4x color wheel given the difference I see with my eyes.
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The hertz refers to the refresh rate of the image.
Refresh rate is how often a TV changes the image (also known as a "frame") on screen. With traditional televisions, this was 60 times each second, or "60Hz." Some modern TVs can refresh at much higher rates, most commonly 120Hz (120 frames per second) and 240Hz.

I set my video card output to display the projector at 50hz, thus running the color wheel at full speed. I notice a drastic improvement in the color reproduction and less of this "shimmer" effect when it runs at 4x @ 60hz. Obviously, this may not be optimal since you now are susceptible to ghosting with fast moving objects in movies/games, though that is easier to live with than a 4x color wheel given the difference I see with my eyes.
Thanks for the lecture. Hertz is frequency measurement unit and while refresh rate is measured in Hertz, the electricity that flows through power lines can also have different frequencies. In USA it is 60Hz, in Europe it is 50. On the spec page it is not specified which parameter they describe. Now I know for sure they refer to video refresh rate.

Anyway, what is your observation of 24p (if you ever watch Blu-ray movies, it is 99% 24p signal)?

EDIT: I found this:
Frame|Color wheel effective
60p = 240Hz
50p = 300Hz
24p = 288Hz (the older W1070 was running at under 200Hz on 24p)
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Are 3LCD projectors really inferior to DLP in terms of image quality? I was planning on buying the Epson Home Cinema 3500 1080p 3D 3LCD because the reviews are really good for it. Any personal stories on 3LCD vs DLP home theater use?

Also, do DLP heat up to higher temperatures than 3LCD because it uses more moving parts?
Regarding the heat, they run a bit warmer, mostly due to the smaller body of the projector. I doubt the moving mirrors or wheel produces much heat. The heat dispersed in the room should be similar (look at bulb and unit power consumption to get and idea)

I had bought HC3500 for $799 and returned it. Text and graphics looks like 720p compared to the BenQ. So if you use at multimedia (some browsing let's say) I can't recommend the Epson but I can't recommend the 3 HT1075 I tried due to one side of the screen being dimmer. Fingers crossed the HT2050 is better. Also, the Epson's fan in normal lamp is much louder than BenQ in normal. Eco is about the same. Epson has high input lag and the "fast processing mode" that it improves that made my image look like 480p. My Epson had very bad Chromatic Aberration(poor lens alignment) and panels alignment wasn't perfect either.

My research came to conclusions that a step up from those BenQ DLPs would be Sony 45es for $2k. I have not seen it though.

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