|BenQ W10000 DLP Video Projector|
|Home Theater Front Projectors DLP Projectors|
|Written by Kevin Miller|
|Wednesday, 01 August 2007|
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There is some loss of resolution with 1080i HDTV sources from cable or satellite, as evidenced by the Silicon Optix HQV HD DVD test disc. The video resolution loss test showed some loss of detail, which means the BenQ’s video processing isn’t properly de-interlacing 1080i signals. Although BenQ has done a better job than most manufacturers with their 3D color management system, they need to further improve it so we can get accurate secondary colors in addition to accurate primary colors. I was a bit disappointed to find only one HDMI input. I would prefer a minimum of two, because then at least you could run your two best digital sources directly to the projector, instead of having to switch them through an A/V receiver or switcher, which can degrade image quality. Mating the W10000 with a good video processor, like the awesome DVDO VP50, would be the best solution to both the 1080i de-interlacing issue and the limited digital connectivity.
There is no question that BenQ’s W10000 is an impressive 1080p one-chip DLP projector. It does have a slight edge over the Sharp XV-Z20000 in primary color accuracy when tweaked, but falls short on the secondary colors. On the other hand, the Sharp does a better job of processing 1080i HDTV sources, which include the vast majority of HD content on cable and satellite systems. The Sharp also has a total of three digital inputs: two HDMIs and one DVI. I consider the two projectors to be very close in performance, with the Sharp having a slight edge over the BenQ, offering better connectivity options. At its retail price of $6,000, I consider the BenQ to be the best value in 1080p DLP projectors as of this writing. It also handily outperforms any and all of the LCoS projectors I have seen in its price range, including the $5000 Sony VPL-VW50 “Pearl,” in just about every aspect of picture quality.