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Topic:   anyone own a benq 8720?

I owned a BenQ 7700 for about a year, and it was a wonderful projector - except for the short lamp issue. I noticed on the BenQ website a link (under the FAQ section, not easily found) there is an upgrade program to move to the PE8720 - you are given 2k for the 7700 and only pay the difference for the PE8720...after thinking about it, I jumped and did the upgrade. I will have the PE8720 tomorrow (3/20) and hope to install it on Wednesday. I have to move the ceiling mount back a little ways since it has a longer throw. I am projecting to a 96" Carada Criterion screen with the nomal white finish (+1.0 gain). The room is a dedicated theatre room with dark walls/furniture and controlled lighting. I will let you know what I think of it once I get it up - I will also give perspective of whether it was worth the extra 3,500 over the PE7700. Can't wait! -John
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Topic:   anyone own a benq 8720?

I saw one a couple weeks ago and I'm still trippin on how good the picture was. I think Im getting ready to pull the trigger on it. Any of you own this the 8720? What are your impressions/thoughts? Marginally better than the H79 or A LOT better in your opinion?
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Topic:   Benq PE8720 DC3 review: Is the extra $ really worth the small increase in picture quality?

Here is a recent preliminary review of the Benq PE8720 with screen image comparisons of PE7700, Panasonic AE900, Optoma H78DC3, Marantz VP-12S4. Its interesting how the new Benq DC3 projector compares in price and features but is the extra $ for DC3 picture quality really worth it? Bottom line, if you can afford an additional $3,500 above the Panasonic AE900 ($2,200) and want picture quality next to the Marantz VP-12S4 ($14,999) than this is one projector that needs to be seen. Internet prices of $5,500 for the soon to be released PE8720. Review site http://www.projectorreviews.com/review.asp?reid=51&page=1
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Topic:   BenQ PE8720

The Benq PE8720 has been released in Europe and is posted on the Benq/UK website. I expect we will see it here in North America in the next week or two. The technical specs from Europe are somewhat different than what Projector Central has posted at this time, namely the Contrast is 6600:1, 8 color wheels and its a Dark Chip 3. If you pre order the projector in the US the best price I've seen online is $5,045. In should be interesting to see how it compares to the Optoma H79 on perfomance features and value. Display Technology DLP TM by Texas Instruments Native Resolution WXGA (1280x720) Brightness 1000 ANSI Lumen Contrast Ratio 6200:1 Image Size 23.5" to 300" Throw Ratio 100" @ 4m Zoom Ratio 1.35x Displayable Colours Full 16.7 million colours Aspect Ratio Native 16:9 Light Source 250-watt (2000 hours / 3000 hours ECO) Operational Noise 23 dB Horizontal Frequency 15~75 kHz Vertical Scan Rate 50~100 Hz Input Sources S-Video: Mini DIN 4 pin x 1 Composite-Video: RCA jack x 1 RCA jack x 3 BNC (x5) x 1 HDMI (with HDCP) x1 Video Compatibility NTSC / PAL / SECAM / EDTV / HDTV (1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i) Panel Darkchip 720P DMD chip Dimensions (HxWxD) 492x195x393 mm Net Weight 9 kg
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Topic:   Wide Angle Lense for BenQ PE7700/PE8720

I need help locating either a wide angle conversion or replacement lense for BenQ's PE7700 or PE8720 projector. I am trying to create a 72" 16:9 screen with a throw distance of just over 5'-0". Does anyone know of one? I've checked Navitar's website and their SSW065 has the adequate throw ratio but it doesn't work with these two particular BENQ projectors. I would really appreciate any help/leads anyone can offer. Thanks. Steve
 
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