Projector Reviews

BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review

The BenQ HT6050 is their serious home theater projector with 1080p resolution. 2000 lumens, and a current street price under $3000 (with bundled lens promotion), make the HT6050 the logical replacement for their aging W7500, and one of the lowest cost solutions around offering multiple lens options for non-standard room placement.

The HT6050 is the latest in the HT series which includes the HT2050, HT3050, and HT4050 (click for their reviews).  Over the years BenQ has been a top home theater competitor, known for their single chip DLPs.  Back in the mid-2000s I owned BenQ 720p projectors over a several years.  BTW, I haven’t owned a DLP since.  That’s because I am of the small minority of folks who are “Rainbow Sensitive”, so I go with non-DLP projectors, now that other technologies compete in terms of black levels.  I must point out, though, that I’ve always been a fan of DLP’s color handling, and final picture.

I mentioned the W7500 projector above.  I noticed on some of the preliminary info on the HT6050 that I received online, that the photos were in places, labeled W8000, so I won’t be surprised if this projector is selling as the W8000 in some parts of the world.

Enough background, time to get into some details.

BenQ HT6050 Projector Overview

Home projectors that can be purchased, that offer interchangeable lenses tend to start at a good bit more than the HT6050 sells for.  And unless you are spending way more, that capability is usually found on cross over projectors – biz projectors being sold for the home because of their “bright room” capabilities (typically 3500 to 7000 lumens).  Also typical of those others is that they really aren’t optimized for home viewing.  Many lack features found on far less expensive projectors such as CFI – for “smooth motion.”

So let’s start by saying if a fairly standard lens doesn’t work for your placement, this projector could be one of the bargains out there, that will.

But the HT6050 is a worthy projector, even if you need nothing but the standard zoom lens.

Regarding these photos of projected images:  The HT6050 pics were taken using my Canon 60D (one of Canon’s top of the line dSLRs), but, of course, we have to resize, and compress heavily to make the finals practical for a website, so picture quality shown here, is, as always, not a match for how good a projector looks up on the screen.  

As is often the case, we report any anomalies in terms of how things look when viewed on our website, (with my MacBook Pro), compared to what I see on the screen.  In this case, the captured images are a bit oversaturated compared to on screen (on my computer which has excellent saturation).

If you have a typical display, they my not look oversaturated, but if they do, just dial your display down a bit for viewing.  I will also report that red is a little stronger in these images than in the real world.  (Color shifts are not uncommon.)  Finally, in this case, none of the photos were taken post calibration.  That will give you an idea of how good the BenQ HT6050 looks in it’s best mode: THX, right out of the box.  (In most reviews, HDTV images are taken uncalibrated, movie ones calibrated.

I could tout the large amount of lens shift – oh, it’s comparable with other projectors in its price range, that are 3LCD or LCoS, which also have a lot of shift ability, but very few single chip DLP’s have more than a little lens shift, if that, so it’s one of the best choices in that regard.

The real pluses though, are the color handling and sharpness.  It’s that “DLP Look and Feel” I’ve been writing about for about a dozen years.  Forget everything else, and you still have this HT6050 producing rich colors with a lot of “pop and wow factor,” without being over the top.

And that has always been a major strength of the BenQ projectors that have come before.

BenQ HT6050 Highlights

  • Single chip DLP design for max sharpness
  • CFI for smooth motion
  • MHL over HDMI for streaming sticks…
  • Interchangeable lens options
  • Lots of lens shift
  • Brilliant Color feature for upping the wow factor
  • 6X color wheel (5X with 60hz power in the US)
  • Very good back lit remote control
  • 3D capability standard
  • Modest input lag for good gaming

One more comment before you turn the page and read about the various special features:  Had some of my regulars over for football.  They’ve been spoiled lately watching on a $60K, 5000 lumen Sony home theater projector, (which sadly had to go back to Sony), and immediately before that, Sony’s mere $9999 true 4K projector.

Well, the football viewing was great, because the projector’s very sharp (with the HT6050 we get much better optics than one can expect when buying lower cost DLP projectors), but primarily because the colors just sizzled.  My friends were really truly impressed when I told them the price, since they already knew what they’ve been viewing of late.  This is least expensive HT projector I’ve had here prior to the BenQ HT6050 this football season.