Posted on March 18, 2014 By Art Feierman
The BenQ W7500 home theater projector is new for 2014. An extremely bright DLP projector, it replaces one of our favorite projectors in last year’s Best Home Theater Projectors report.
I, and other reviewers, not to mention a whole lot of home theater projector owners, are big fans of previous BenQ projectors in the series. The W7500 replaces the two year old W7000, which is most similar. Like its predecessor, the W7500 is a particularly bright single chip DLP home theater projector, one that is fully 3D capable.
MSRP for the BenQ W7500 is $2799, but street price currently appears to be $2599. No 3D glasses are included in the price. In this review we will explore many of the special features, tour all of the hardware, discuss picture quality, and calibrating the projector. We’ll also look at the brightness measurements of the W7500, and demonstrations of its sharpness.
This new BenQ W7500 projector serves up rather good black level performance, and a very sharp image. We, of course, expect a sharp image in a home theater projector of this quality and price range, as single chip DLP’s have a distinct advantage over 3 chip projectors. That said, the W7500 is very sharp! True, many competitors have detail enhancement features, (and typically panel alignment) – which the W7500 wouldn’t need). As it turns out, though, the BenQ does have its own detail enhancement options. The W7500 also comes with a few other “special features”, which I’ll address in some detail in the next pages, aptly named the Special Features pages.
If you’ve already glanced at the specs, you’ll notice that BenQ doesn’t rate their lamps as lasting as long as much of the competition. Just remember, that’s fair enough, as there really aren’t any single chip DLP projectors around this price range and picture quality that are near as bright. The BenQ W7500 sacrifices something in lamp life, but you get a real light canon.
Hi, I just bought a benq w7500 is I would like some advice on which screen to buy.
white or gray and with what gain?
That depends on other factors – how large a screen, the type of room. For example, the W7500 is exceptionally bright. If you were going with a screen around 100″ or smaller you might want to go with a gray screen, if for nothing else to reduce overall brightness. But gray screens also can “reject” a fair amount of side ambient light, which can make them advantageous in a family room / living room type setup, rather than a fully darkened “cave” or theater.
You aren’t likely to need a high gain screen unless your room is very bright, and that screen wouldn’t serve you well for large groups (narrow viewing cone).
So, most likely for smaller screens, or side ambient light – gray, for larger screens in a “better” controlled room, a 1.0 to 1.3 gain white screen. -art
Hi, The screen will be 120 “mounted in a living room light is not controlled. so what do you suggest to buy? I apologize but I use an online translator. Thanks for your interest sergio
I assume you will be watching movies mostly at night? If you have the budget you could look at screens like the Screen Innovations Slate, which I’m about to put in my living room as a testimony of trying to get some good HDTV viewing in a bright room with sunlight coming in. I should have mine installed within the month, waiting on screen. I don’t know the price of their fixed screens, but a motorized one is over $4000 here for a 100″. In other words, expensive.
Fixed screens, are of course far less expensive. I had good luck with the Stewart Firehawk G3 at my last house, it was a gray surface, did a good job of rejecting side ambient light. It’s probably not as good as the Slate, and definitely not as good as Screen Innovations Black Diamond 1.4, but it worked for me. I had rust colored walls, on both sides, and windows that leaked light with the shades down. The Firehawk is probably a more advanced design than most other screens. Da-lite you can get their HC Da-Mat, a good choice, for less money. Good luck. -art
you’ll see the projector mainly in the evening and the walls are light in color. Unfortunately I do not have big budgets. What do you think of this screen: CineTension2 elite screen 100 ” type: Tension CineWhite material Provides uniform flatness in a versatile material making it a favorite for consumers and installers alike 160 ° wide viewing angle Standard 4-side black masking borders 16:9 gain standard again thanks for the support
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