NEWS: BenQ W1700 4K, HDR & 3D Projector announced

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    1. hodg100

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      Interesting that it uses a 0.47 chip rather than the 0.66 chip of the slightly more expensive competition, (Which puts it on par with the Epson 4K projectors) so it will be interesting to see how much the drop off in quality is.

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      Does it have Dolby Vision support ?
       
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      It's going to be a long time before you see DV on a projector and even when we do it will be on very expensive models.
       
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      HDR will just be a marketing gimmick on projectors for a long time yet. They will support it, but it won't make much of a difference to the PQ as the projected image is not bright enough. Affordable 4K projectors are exciting though, as you should really see the difference in resolution on such a large image.
       
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      So this new 0.47" seems to be a 1080p chip which uses 4 flashes to create the image.
      The already released 4k DLP Projectors Optoma UHD65 etc use a 0.67" chip and 2 flashes to create the image. Will be interesting to see how this actually performs.

      TI Demos New Pixel-Shifting DLP Chip
       
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      So...even with a “faux” 4K projector, would I see any benefit to the image as opposed to my LG OLED C65 TV? Thanks
       
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      the image would be twice the size LOL
       
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      Wonder if it will be as noisy as their cheaper models.
       
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      Interesting. My w1070 is around the 2000hrs mark. Will look forward to reviews and see how it stacks up against the epson7300.
       
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      The Optoma 550 is the same price as the Benq and this uses the 0.66 chip (As far as I am aware) so the Benq may not be the bargain they are trying to make it to be after all. (The Optoma doesn’t offer 3D though, but as domestic 3D is dead this is not much of a problem)

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      Very true. You will be compromising PQ but gaining scale. I've not seen one but if they are an improvement on full HD projectors then the faux K ones should look pretty good even at 120 inches plus. Its down to personal preference really, depends how much size matters to you...;)Personally I think home cinema should be just that, so I would pick a projector over a TV every time.
       
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      Domestic 3D is far from dead when you have an 11yo :) If I bought a new projector without 3D I'd be well and truly in the dog house :)
       
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      I'm not a fan of 3D but I think many projectors will still support it as the technology is much more effective on a large screen. 3D TVs are a dead duck though.
       
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      I don't mind it on the projector, I find it better than the effect at the cinema, but I generally watch in 2D, however, 11yo rules the roost when it comes to familly movie night, so 3D it is when availlable. :)
      I wouldn't entertain 3D on a TV, the experience needs to be immersive. the best 3D films are the ones when you actually forget you're watching a 3d film (appart from the pain on the bridge of your nose from the glasses :) )
       
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      Completely agree with that. It helps if the film has been shot in 3D too. Best 3D I have seen was Gravity on the Imax, a truly incredible immersive experience.
       
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      Gravity wasn't shot 3D, it was a conversion.
       
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      That's a bit pedantic - check out the link below to see why.

      CreativeCOW

      It's hardly Clash of the Titans, is it?
       
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      Its oxymoronic to namecheck it as the same time as saying "it helps if the film was shot in 3D" any way you want to cut it - it wasnt filmed in native 3d.

      Conversions have been excellent for years now - you only need to look at Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy to see some of the best 3D and Gravity was the first step in that direction.
       
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      That is old, I am very much enjoying HDR on my PJ and is quite stunning, the first gen was nothing to write home about but now I prefer the big screen over my TV. However in the case of the Benq it could be a different story especially because it lacks WCG.
       
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      Thanks. I have owned may projectors over the years. Optoma, Panasonic and last one was JVC x32 (I think!). But when we moved, the room wasn’t laid out suitably for a projector. I’ve still got my manual 2:35:1 and electric 1:85:1 screen in my garage. Loved having constant image height by alternating between screens depending on aspect ratio of the movie. Does this have lens memory for this purpose? Just trying to convince my other half to go back down the projector route. We’ve moved the room around in order to benefit from 7.2.1 Atmos/DTS X sound at the cost of losing the French doors to the garden (hardly used them anyway). So now I could simply hang my screens back on the ceiling and get a new pj. Food for thought.
       
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      You are asking for a little too much at this price point ;) The original W1070 was one of my first machines years ago and while it is a great low-entry level machine you get what you pay for, sure this will offer faux 4K and I bet resolution wise it will look nice but thats about it.
       
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      Is there any news on the throw ratio? The HD Benqs like the W1070 are the only ones I can find that have as short a throw as I need for my room.
       
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      The press release seems to constantly mention it as a "True" 4k Projector.

      "Remarkably, the budget-friendly W1700 comes fully loaded with true 8.3 megapixel Ultra-High-Definition 4K resolution".

      Bit misleading if not the case.

      (On a side not the Acer H7850, which is a smaller sized Optoma UHD60 is strangely absent in any reviews - as a possibly great faux 4k alternative).
       
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      Pure marketing don't get hung up on it.
       
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      It also appears to have crippled 3D

      ****In 3D Mode:
      Input resolution: supports up to 1920x1080.
      Output resolution: supports up to 1280x720.

      | BenQ United Kingdom
       
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      That's a shame. It's out for me anyway because the throw distance is too long, but I was also a bit disappointed to see the 33dB noise rating which is no lower than my W1070.

      Still, I can afford to wait another year.
       
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      Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be any short throw 4K projectors on the horizon. Likewise will just have hope that something comes to the fore in the next year or so from at least one of the manufacturers so I can upgrade my BenQ W1080ST.
       
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      So I presume this will offer an inferior 3D experience to my W1070?
       

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