Summary: Personal Experience I needed a high quality short throw projector for an outside covered patio installation. I picked this up for $150 on eBay with a ceiling mount and monster cables,like brand new ( 1000 hrs). I am shooting on to a 92" screen and the picture is terrific, I watch concert DVD's and HD sports through 1080p component cables. It weight about 15 lbs so it is a bit heavy compared to new projectors.
Summary: Personal Experience This is a very good projector, but the fan is way too loud. Has anyone done any modifications to make it quieter? If anyone has info on a successful fan replacement or fan modification, please email me at email@example.com. Thanks Jason Problems Fan is way too loud.
Summary: Personal Experience This is my third Pj now and I must say I am quite pleased. I used avia and forum users settings with unbelievable results. Truely an amazing machine with A little tweaking.It's fun to watch my friends jaws drop while wathing a 576p dvd image at 120". Still waiting for my dvdo hd to arrive. Problems I am probably being picky but it sometimes seems to have(for lack of better word) a foggy picture.
Summary: Personal Experience I've had my 8700 for over a year now and I can't rave enough about it. I optimized it using AVIA and since then, HD is incredible. It got it's first big showing at Superbowl 39, and I can't keep my neighbors away ever since then. Problems None, nada, zip (knock on wood).
Summary: Personal Experience I praise this BenQ very high. The contrast ratio of 2500:1 , where most others are 2000:1 maks a huge visible difference ! My first thoughts when I took in out of the box was ...Wow ...wow...wow Not only great viewing pleasure , but easy on the eye aswell ! Full marks to BenQ on the PE8700 model !
Summary: Personal Experience Out of the box the image was excellent!. I had a "professional" come to my home to check the picture and his "calibration" yielded no better picture! He was so suprised that it had not been calibrated. My only adjustment was brightness turned down. The tricky part of the operation was to align the projector with the screen. The keystone correction in my opinion was worthless.
Summary: Personal Experience I must say, we are VERY impressed with this machine. It's attractive (which doesn't matter much as it hangs from a vaulted ceiling) and easy to use. The stunner though was how quickly this thing can be setup and display a stunning HDTV image. I'm using a fairly long length of HDMI cable (with DVI adapter end) as well as component cable (Audioquest silver - 2.5% I think) to connect DirecTV HD, Tivo, DVD, and aux inputs.
Summary: Personal Experience Picked this up for about $3200, i was impressed with the colors and sharpness. I used to have a crapper projector before this and its certainly amazing. I like the RS232 control as well. There are still certain ARTIFACTS i cant determin the source of but i cant say if its the projector or not. I bought a DVDO Iscan HD+ For this and running Pure DVI to DVI via DVD, no Digital To Analog or Analog to Digital Conversion, Except on Satellite Sources.
Summary: Personal Experience Love the BenQ PE8700+ in our tiny apartment. I have owned this projector since December and have it ceiling mounted. It is used as our primary telelvision, mostly for movies, often for MSNtv (webtv) and occasionally as a monitor for a laptop. I'm very pleased, especially when I compare it to our 35 inch tube which we watch out at our house (now I need a second projector - yikes!) I just love my projector.