Summary: Out if the box this is a large projector. Turned it on and got it to play a few movies before the red and orange lights came on. Very sharp image! Amazing black levels. Had to return it because it stopped working.
Summary: I also own the Sanyo PLV-Z5, (which was my first projector) with a 12,000-1-contrast ratio. The specs say that the BenQ projector has a contrast ratio of 10,000-1 but when watching between the two, BenQ blows the Sanyo out of the ballpark with not only contrast ratio but colors, image quality, brightness...everything. I'm totally impressed with this projector. I wouldn't have been disappointed if I paid $5,000 for it.
Pros: Amazing! Colors and contrast are better than I could ever imagine. Projector is huge, which allows very good airflow and keeps projector cooler than expected.
Cons: One dead pixel which is only noticeable when booting up without video source active.
Summary: Personal Experience Fantastic, turn of brilliant color for normal use, set sharpness & overscan to zero for the sharpest picture. I use mine for 90% HDTV (Australia) and use user mode 1 I load settings from Standard with normal color temperature, very happy!
Summary: Personal Experience I replaced my beloved Infocus 4805 with the W5000 and I'm most impressed with the sharp, clear picture. It's bright enough for my family room, but exceptional when the lights are out. I am currently using a homemade Baers Silverscreen painted screen. I would appreciate any advice on a commerical screen..eg Elite, etc. I have an entry on the Forum. Problems The projector is slow when moving from different resolutions ie 480/720/1080i.
Summary: Personal Experience This projector has an awesome image after it is calibrated. My 6th digital projector and far and away the best to date. Ultra sharp crisp picture, great colors, great depth. Blacks could be a tad better, but very nice shadow detail. I'm projecting onto a 92" Da-Lite high contrast screen from about 14' away and the projector does very well!! I watched "Tears of the Sun" the night I calibrated it and it was great.
Summary: Personal Experience The Benq W5000 is a projector that should be on many peoples short list. Very sharp image detail that really shines with great source material. The 1080/24-60 switching issue has been corrected with the latest firmware 1.21 which is now available in the U.S. Throw range could be better, and a motorized zoom and focus would also be nice, yet when the lights go off, all that really matters is the splendid image this heavyweight lays down.