Another issue I have with the W6000 concerns its from-the-box settings. I found I really had to do quite a bit of recalibration work – especially in the colour and gamma departments – before I arrived at a picture that looked natural and cinematic rather than garish.
Next on the negative list is the noise the projector’s cooling fans make. For although the noise is, at least, smooth and consistent, it could be really quite invasive if your viewing position is anywhere near (within three or even four metres) the projector’s position. Even switching the lamp output to its lower-brightness Economic mode doesn’t ramp the noise down much.
It looks like the concerns I raised earlier about the W6000’s design potentially struggling to dissipate heat well seem disappointingly justified.
Even more aggravating than the cooling fan noise, is the loud grating sound emitted by the automatic iris whenever it opened or closed in our review sample. So distracting was this, in fact, that for me it made serious viewing of a film with the dynamic contrast mode engaged pretty much impossible.
The grating iris wasn’t the only problem I had with the W6000’s dynamic contrast system either. For I also found it disappointingly unsubtle in its effects, producing some occasionally quite jarring shifts in overall brightness levels.
You can, of course, turn off the dynamic contrast system that drives the auto iris, and thankfully even if you do this black levels remain good. But this clearly robs you of the maximum contrast performance the projector is capable of.
With the W6000, BenQ has conjured up a bold, brash, dynamic projector that outshines most, if not all, rivals in its price bracket when it comes to brightness and colour. While this gives the W6000 immediate ‘shelf appeal’, though, and may help it gain an immediate advantage in any head-to-head shoot-outs, the longer you live with it, the more clumsy some aspects of its implementation start to appear. Especially if you can’t build the thing into a soundproof box!