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BenQ PE8720 or Vidikron 30?


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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Ron Boster

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Posted May 01 2007 - 03:22 PM

My basic situation is I would love the new JVC, but don't want to jump into a 5 grand purchase as of now......so I am looking for a "bridge" projector to hold me over for a year or so. I currently have a Mits HC3000, which I do really like...but would love a midge better blacks and any overall improvement in PQ. I do love the sharp pic the Mits puts out, which is important. At times though it seems a tad bit noisey (image, not sound) more so than the better DLPs.

I was convinced that the route I wanted to go for a merger cost was the BenQ PE8720.....that was until a dealer (that I've used in the past) suggested a Vidikron 30 he had with 6 hours on it....the cost for that unit is about $500 more than the BenQ. From my readings, both will put out terrific saturated colors...which would stand out in terms of black level, sharpness and with a nice
3-D pop to the image? One would assume Vidikron/Runco would stand out on top?

Anyone's input is greatly appreciated

Ron

#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Michael TLV

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Posted May 02 2007 - 01:15 AM

Greetings

Runco/Vidikron usually have better optics and an upgraded processor. their guts ... in this case ... might still be the very same BenQ.

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#3 of 8 OFFLINE   Ron Boster

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Posted May 02 2007 - 01:59 AM

Thanks Michael...Since I'm using an outside processor (DVDO VP50) that's not as important...optics...yes, that would matter. What I am finding is most of the hobbyist sites don't buy Vidikron products (or Runco for that matter)...at least there is little discussion on their units. I think we as hobbyist are directed towards finding the bang for the buck and want to tweak away to eeeek out the performance to match the better projectors and save the cash for the next upgrade.

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#4 of 8 OFFLINE   Michael TLV

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Posted May 02 2007 - 07:42 AM

Greetings

That would about cover it. The Vidikrons and the Runcos are top notch products for people with lots of money to spend and the stores that support those people with exceptional service. You buy these brands for their service and support as much as the product itself.

I do many Runco calibrations but most are for installers where the clients don't have the time to be enthusiasts ... their time is worth far more $$ than ours.

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#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Anthony Cler

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Posted May 03 2007 - 04:22 PM

You may want to consider the Sharp 12k mkII deal at Costco:

http://www.hometheat....d.php?t=256039

It should be at least as good as the BenQ or Vidikron.

#6 of 8 OFFLINE   Ron Boster

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Posted May 03 2007 - 11:01 PM

Anthony:

I had the sharp for a couple of evenings. I never could get it dialed in to look as good as the Mits 3000 that I currently own. I was pleased with the shadow detail, but most other aspects I found a step down or neutral vs the Mits. When you combine the fan noise, it was easy to stick with my current PJ.

Part of the reason for looking at the BenQ was side by side comparisons to the Mits and most recently to the BenQ's 1080P projectors. In the case of he Mits, it was consistently better particularly in the area of black levels. Compared to it's 1080P brother, it held it's own...in most cases they called in a draw with a slight edge to the 1080 unit.

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   Anthony Cler

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Posted May 04 2007 - 01:38 AM

Good to know. I'll be getting the Sharp today and will take a good look. I'm planning to keep it, but thankfully Costco has a good return policy.

Aside from the potential fan noise issue, the Sharp would work well for me setup wise.

Have you found a good deal on the BenQ?

#8 of 8 OFFLINE   Ron Boster

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Posted May 04 2007 - 04:00 AM

I found a refurb unit through ebay/national consolidators...I know, I know...but did the research and NC is part of refurbelectronics.com. They are authorized to sell BenQ refurb/recertified, which I confirmed with a Claire at BenQ's corprorate office. Also, the projectors are shipped directly from BenQ and carry a 90 day BenQ warranty. I am also looking at an AVS powerbuy for 3 yr extended proj and lamp warranty for $260.

On a side note, I exchanged emails with a Benq dealer who said that most recertified projectors from BenQ fall into the category of being sent in for software updates or lamp failure....of course, there are always exceptions.

I also exchanged an email with one ebayer that got his unit and reported at this very early stage that it worked fine and looked new. He also confirmed it was dropped shipped from BenQ. The second person that I contacted hadn't received his yet.

The cost via ground shipping was $2,019. Plus, whatever warranty route I want to add....Ebay Square Trade ($200), Refurbelectronics.com ($300) or Texas Tape Texas ($260).

Ron