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After lengthy delays, stock of these projectors now look to be trickling though here in Australia. 

 

I'm expecting delivery of my 7000 on Friday. Will report back with some impressions after installation.

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4 hours ago, xPLAYRZx said:

After lengthy delays, stock of these projectors now look to be trickling though here in Australia. 

 

I'm expecting delivery of my 7000 on Friday. Will report back with some impressions after installation.

am sure it will be one awesome machine :) 

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7 hours ago, xPLAYRZx said:

I'm expecting delivery of my 7000 on Friday. Will report back with some impressions after installation.

 

Exciting times ahead.  Even the XW500ES is getting outstanding reviews  like the one in What Hifi which said:

 

"The XW5000ES’s improved processor helps it deliver phenomenal upscaled HD image quality too, leaving the HD images of the vast majority of its 4K rivals looking soft and artificial by comparison.

Even better, Sony’s already class-leading motion handling has gone up yet another gear under the X1 Ultimate processor’s watch. The default True Cinema mode is hands down the most effective, cinematic out of the box motion setting you’ll find on any projector – or maybe any display device, full stop."

 

Looking forward to your impressions on the 7000ES!

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From what I understand stock of the 7000 is in limited supply at the moment but availability should get better toward the end of the year.  Marc, I'm sure you have connections to help expedite the procurement of one of these 😛

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On 16/09/2022 at 2:52 PM, hitman0012 said:

Got my XW5000ES mounted today. Time to enjoy it!

 

hitman

 

I am looking forward to hearing your impressions of this projector.

Apart from the performance as a projector, I am interested in understanding how easy or difficult it has been to deal with the manual lens adjustment, in particular if you are switching from 2.35:1 to 16:9.

Thanks.

 

Benje

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On 16/09/2022 at 5:06 PM, xPLAYRZx said:

Marc, I'm sure you have connections to help expedite the procurement of one of these 😛

 

I tried that at the start of the year. :)

The distributor laughed at me, as apparently there are more backorders than anywhere near enough stock was allocated. I'll be patient - I'm travelling a lot the back end of this year anyway.

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Out with old, in with the new.  Installed the XW7000 today.

 

The new XW is significantly lighter (and narrower) than the VW790ES. I knew this going in but actually seeing and holding them surprised me how much the XW has slimmed down.  Another surprise was the XW looks much prettier in person than in photos. In most images I thought the XW series looked a little 'cheap', no so in the flesh.

 

Random fact - the mounting holes are identical between the VW and XW series... who knew.

 

I have  only just started dialing in picture settings so will report back with some viewing impressions over the coming days/weeks as I get some screen time.

 

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OK, I'm a few days in to XW7000 ownership now, so how's it going?  Yeah.... not bad :)

 

Let me preface my impressions and experience with some context regarding my setup. The XW7000 is feed by a Lumagen 5244, so because of this I am deliberately not using many of the new XW features, specifically around HDR (and before you ask, sorry I won't be doing any testing without the LRP in place) Also, much of the comments are based on comparisons to the previous VW790.  Not too many surprises here -

 

What I like

  • Brighter - 2000 vs 3200 lumens - not as dramatic difference as I though it would make but a nice bump.
  • Sharper lens - Better edge to edge sharpness than the 790, although I find DFO on the XW adds too much noise.
  • Improved blacks - Not by much.
  • Reduced input lag - I spend a good amount of time gaming so this is nice.
  • Web UI & network controls - Love the new web UI, controls and the ability to network monitor (SNMP)

 

Not so much

  • Fan noise - Noticeably louder compared to the 790.  For reference, the projector if ceiling mounted  behind and to the right of me approx 2-3M away.
  • Heat - Pushes out more heat into the room. (I do like the ability to now see air intake temp info)

A few pics taken with phone of some of the usual suspects.  Settings provided -

 

Sony XW7000ES

Calib. preset: Reference
Reality Creation: Off
Cinema Black Pro > Laser light setting: 75
Cinema Black Pro > Dynamic HDR Enhancer: Mid
Cinema Black Pro > Laser light setting: Dynamic control: Off
Contrast: Max
Brightness: 51
Colour: 50
Hue: 50
Color temp: D65
Sharpness: 55
Expert setting > Smooth gradation: Off
Expert setting > Gamma correction: 2.4
Expert setting > Color correction: Off
Expert setting > Live Color Enhancer: Low
Expert setting > Color space: BT.2020
Expert setting > Input lag reduction: On


Lumagen 5244

LowRatio: 31
DynPad: 1
DeSat: Auto
Global Maxlight: 600
Sharp V:4 H:4
Black: -1.75
White: 1

 

Source: Zidoo Z1000 Pro
File format: BDMV

 

Photos: Google Pixel 5 (handheld) Auto

 

*Note - the pics appear a little bit of an odd tint compared to IRL.  Suspect WB is off on camera but you get the idea.

 

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On 21/09/2022 at 3:15 PM, xPLAYRZx said:

OK, I'm a few days in to XW7000 ownership now, so how's it going?  Yeah.... not bad :)

 

 

Thanks for your impressions on the XW7000.  The lens improvement is a big deal I think  and it makes me wonder whether Sony will  continue with an ARC-F lens equivalent of this model as they did with the 890 previously.  

 

The fact that the "blacker blacks" are more noticeable is significant too and I understand that this is in no  small part due to the new 4K panels. 

 

I hope you will continue to provide insights  when anything else  is discovered with your new PJ.

 

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Given the results of the new ACF lens, I'd be surprised if we see the ARC-F make a return to any consumer products (excluding GTZ380 money type products). 

 

To qualify my comments regarding black levels, these are only small improvements compared to previous models.  The increased brightness may be playing a part in 'perceived' contrast, so maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me.  So for anyone who already has the VW760/870/790/890 I wouldn't upgrade to the XW series expecting any big improvement in blacks, it really is more of the same.

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