BenQ W7000 Home Theater Projector Review

All of the measurements and calibration settings below, of the BenQ W7000 projector, were taken using an early engineering sample. Although color tables have been updated with the final W7000 firmware, our calibration settings seem to be working just fine. We did not recalibrate (our calibrator – Mike – is on vacation).

Color balance after dropping in the settings below, into the new W7000, looked really good, and while perhaps not a perfect as a fresh calibration, it’s close. Still, running the projector side by side next to an Epson that was calibrated, they look very close to each other, by comparison the new W7000 “out of the box” was no match for either, in color accuracy.

With that in mind, we strongly recommend – if you aren’t calibrating the projector yourself or paying someone – that you try putting our settings into one of the User modes. We’re confident you’ll agree – the W7000 looks great. No issues with skin tones etc.

That has been our goal, to help people who aren’t getting their projectors calibrated, into still managing to get better color out, than most projectors best default modes. This is one of those projectors that will benefit from the 5 minutes or so it will take you to put these settings in. Have fun -art

For your convenience we repeat the BenQ W7000‘s (click for specs) brightness and color temp measurements from the Performance page

Let’s take a look at the numbers:

BenQ W7000 Color Temperature

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Cinema 1028 @ 6113, 1142 with Brilliant Color On
Dynamic 1942 @ 8809
Standard 1059 @ 6309, 1143 with Brilliant Color On, 838 with Brilliant Color off and lamp on Eco (default)
User 1 1590 @ 7119
User 2 1590 @ 7169
User 3 1590 @ 7206

Before we provide our settings, let’s see what we started out with: Pre calibration, these are the color temperatures over the grayscale range:

Here’s a look at the preset modes, showing brightness and color temperature for white (100 IRE).

BenQ W7000 Basic Settings

Basic Settings
Cinema Dynamic Standard User 1 User 2 User 3
Contrast (50) -50 47 49 48 48 48
Brightness (50) 51 -50 52 51 51 51
Color (50) 48 48 48
Tint (50)
Gamma -2.4 BenQ -2.2 -2.2 -2.2 -2.2

In addition to calibrating Red Green and Blue for a correct grayscale balance (6500K), there are a number of other settings that come into play. Typically Contrast and Brightness (white balance and black balance), need to be done first. Color saturation and gamma also need adjustment. In the case of the BenQ W7000 projector, most of these default settings were fairly close to ideal, with only contrast altered more than slightly in most modes.

Settings for measurements (default values are in parenthesis):

NOTE:  Default Color Temp is Normal for all but Dynamic, which is Lamp Native.  Brilliant Color is ON by default for all modes except Cinema and Standard.  Standard mode is in Eco lamp mode by default.

Lamp Mode=Normal (unless noted otherwise)
All other settings at default (untouched)
Auto Iris is Off for all measurements.
Zoom at mid range

BenQ W7000 Post Calibration Grayscale:

Color Temp over IRE Range (Post calibration): User

Calibrated color temps, 20 – 100 IRE

BenQ W7000 Greyscale Calibration

Calibrated Color Temp over IRE Range:
20 IRE 6742
30 IRE 6770
40 IRE 6697
50 IRE 6622
60 IRE 6480
70 IRE 6473
80 IRE 6518
90 IRE 6593
100 IRE 6832

Average gamma= 2.20

Here are Mike’s comments, regarding the gamma, calibration and CMS, remember, these were for the engineering sample:

Mike Notes:  The Quick Cal of Dynamic does not improve things much as Dynamic is high in Green and dropping it even a little drops the lumen output rapidly.  With over 1500 lumens calibrated in User 1, there’s almost no reason to use Dynamic.  Calibration is pretty good through most of the IRE range, except at the high end. 

If you look at the CIE chart, primary colors are pretty good, but Cyan is way too blue.  Adjusting Tint can correct Cyan but makes the other secondaries worse, so calibration using the CMS is necessary for proper Cyan.
(Art’s note:) Using these settings below, without the Cyan adjustment Mike discusses, and had implemented in the engineering sample, the production W7000 looks really good.

BenQ W7000 RGB Settings

BenQ W7000 Post Calibration settings:
Cinema (on User 1) Quick Cal of Dynamic (on User 2)
Offset (50) R = 57 R= 50
G = 50 G= 45
B = 49 B= 45
Gain (256) R = 252
G = 253
B = 253

Lumen Output: 1571 @ 6832             1761 @ 8617  

Below are Mike’s adjustments for his for the REC 709 and Dynamic modes. Again the goal of “best” is a great looking 6500K grayscale, and the goal of “brightest” is to improve a bright mode in terms of color accuracy, but without compromising brightness significantly.

Ok, that’s all we have for you. try our BenQ W7000 settings out. If any of you are doing your own measurements, and have calibrated a new full production version, we’ll be happy to post a set of those numbers as well.

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  • basspig

    What I’m finding confusing is why the more recent model projectors with high ANSI lumen ratings produce much lower foot-Lambert output numbers on the screen of a given area in the projector calculator that is commonly used online. For instance, my InFocus IN82 is rated 1500 lumens, and the calculator says that for a 60″ image height, the FL is 32. This Ben Q, with it’s 2000 claimed lumens, only puts 22 FL on the same size image area, which seems illogical.
    Has the ANSI rating been revised since 2009? I don’t understand why higher projector lumens = lower screen FL intensity these days.
    I’m pretty happy with my IN82, but I’d like a wider throw angle so that I can fill my 154″ screen. The projector is only 14′ from the screen due to support columns limiting placement. Presently, I’m filling 2/3 of the screen area and getting 60 FL, according to the projection calculator (92″ diagonal image) because of the limitations of the lens, which is set to its widest.
    Seeing these low FL numbers gives me pause in considering replacing my IN82 with something that goes wider. If I’m going to lose brightness at the same image size, it’s going to be a lot worse with a larger image size on a wider throw angle.
    Maybe someone can clear up this mystery of why high lumens rated PJs today put less light on the screen than lower rated PJs from 8-10 years ago.

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Hi Basspig,

      I have no idea why that would be happening – brighter projectors showing lower FL numbers. Makes no sense IF, they are using claimed lumens. For example if the BenQ claims 2000 lumens, it should definitely have a higher number.

      The only possible thing I can think of, and it wouldn’t make much sense unless noted on the calculator, would be if those folks switched from using claimed maximum brightness to measured brightness, and even then, it would likely have to be a switch to calibrated brightness.

      That is, If a projector’s FL number was based on 2000 lumens claimed, but now it’s based on the calibrated brightness of perhaps 1000 lumens, obviously you would get a lower FL number.

      But, for example the BenQ W7500 measured about 1750 lumens calibrated (and that’s at mid-point on the zoom).

      Which brings up another possibility. if the calculator is adjusting for the different brightness depending on the zoom lens position (wide angle, mid, or telephoto) that would have a real affect. So, if say the BenQ is 30% dimmer at full telephoto than at wide angle… Thus, if you are inputting the distance and screen size it could be adjusting for lens issues.

      But, I don’t know of anyone but me who publishes the difference between full wide angle, mid-point, and telephoto, so that seems unlikely.

      Also most projector have similar placement range – they’ll fill a 100″ diagonal screen from somewhere between 9 and 11 feet, so where you place wouldn’t have that much affect when comparing two projectors. I would expect the BenQ to be brighter than the IN82, unless you calibrated the BenQ with Brilliant Color turned off, (which Mike, our calibrator says does not provide as good a starting point as having it on. -art

      • basspig

        It’s very confusing and makes me wonder if I should even bother to “upgrade” my InFocus IN82 just to gain the wider throw and fill my screen. But not if I’m going to end up with a dimmer picture for the SAME size image, much less a larger one.
        The projector calculators don’t specify anything about the mode of projector. They just give the throw distance, image size, ft lamberts and the amount of allowable ambient light. On the new projectors, that ambient light level has to be less than 3 FC for my screen size. But going from 34 FL to 22 FL for a 60″ high image (60 FL for a 45″ high image that I have now, which I consider a comfortable brightness level, like a LCD TV that’s wall sized), would be just too much of a tradeoff.
        And then there’s all the talk about the not so good black level on the BenQ projector. How good is ‘good’ anyway? I’m happy with the black level on my IN82, which uses Darkchip 3 DLP. Is the BenQ going to produce a dark grey rectangle instead of black?
        Maybe I should wait until PJs with native 2.35:1 (2560×1080) and laser light sources become commonplace. Lasers with about 5-6 K lumens, wider color gamut (the reds are always muted with mercury arc UHP lamps), better black levels and higher output that mimicks reality more closely.