This BenQ HT9050 is interesting in another way. Unlike the HT8050, the HT9050 supports BT.2020 color space, or, as it is often described, since no one can do the full BT.2020 – that it does DCI-P3 – the movie theater standard - in a “BT.2020 wrapper.” P3 is a little less challenging and within the capabilities of the HT9050, thanks to that solid state light engine. It’s the lamp based projectors – compared to LED or Laser projectors – that have the least ability to do the larger color space and their more intense colors. Most lamp based projectors are limited to only about 80% of target, so colors won’t be quite as rich or varied.
From Journey To Space (Blu-ray UHD 4K) Vivid colors and extremely sharp!
Jennifer Lawrence as Aurora in Passengers (4K), in a fluorescent lit type room has appropriately good looking skin tones.
Subway scene in Ghostbusters 2016, good accurate colors, believable reproduction.
Football - 1080i source resolution - the HT9050 does a great job in color handling, including goal posts, astro-turf, uniforms.
It's Colbert! This photo a little dark but shows off the VW285's handling of rich colors of the TV set, and good skin tones too.
The Generals - The Great Wall - the HT9050 shows off the rich yet dark colors of their armor in a not bright scene.
Just so you know, the BenQ HT9050, despite being a pre-production unit, was the last projector considered in our late August annual 2017 Best Home Theater Projectors Report. Despite my being so slammed after the report, between attending the CEDIA show (seeing a whole host of new HT projectors) and launching the latest version of ProjectorReviews.com, it took me a full month to write this up. Sorry about that!
Although this BenQ is a very capable projector, one capability is surprisingly missing. The HT9050, like the HT8050, lacks support for HDR – High Dynamic Range, even though, as mentioned, it does support the wider color space normally associated with 4K capable projectors. That lack of HDR pretty much cost the HT9050 a shot at one of the awards in our report, where 4K capabilities are important.
That said, viewing the HT9050 proved to be an interesting, and overall enjoyable experience. We’ll talk later about how the lack of HDR affects the picture, and how the HT9050 differs in terms of picture from the other 4K capable projectors we’ve reviewed.
Placement flexibility, I should note here, is extremely good. A 1.5:1 manual zoom lens seems to be especially good optics. And, there’s plenty of lens shift, both vertical and horizontal, which definitely separates it from the lower cost 4K UHD DLP projectors!
And, for those of us who are rainbow sensitive (due to the spinning color wheel), here’s one thing about BenQ – it seems at any price point, they tend to put in the fastest color wheel around compared to the competition. I’ll discuss RBE (RainBow Effect) more in the Special Features section of this projector review.
Overall, the HT9050 is well endowed, with HDMIs and other inputs. Also of particular importance to note, the LED light engine has the pleasant benefit of making the HT9050 especially quiet compared to most other HT projectors. The noise specs aren’t that impressive – 31db and as low as 23 db (Silence mode), but my experience says it’s a good bit quieter, as other projectors in the low 30s db range are quoting overly optimistic noise levels. For example, at full power, it’s quite obviously a lot quieter than the Epson 5040UB at full power, yet that projector claims to be only 3 db quieter – a small difference!