BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Home Theater Projector- Performance Posted on February 18, 2020 By Art Feierman 1. HT9060 Projector Review: BenQ’s Flagship 4K UHD Home Theater Projector2. BenQ HT9060 Projector Review: A 4K UHD Home Theater Projector- Special Features3. HT9060 Projector Review: BenQ’s 4K UHD Home Theater Projector- Special Features 24. BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Home Theater Projector – Hardware5. BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Home Theater Projector – Hardware 26. BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Home Theater Projector- Picture Quality 17. BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Home Theater Projector- Picture Quality 28. BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Home Theater Projector- Performance9. BenQ HT9060 Projector Review- Calibration 110. BenQ HT9060 Projector- Calibration 211. BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Home Theater Projector- Summary12. BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Projector Review – Specifications Brightness As is typical of almost all projectors, this BenQ has a mode that is designed for maximum brightness, and, as is typical, heavy on greens (and yellows). This is not a mode you really want to watch unless you have way too much ambient light to use other, less bright modes. The brightest of those modes – the green-ish one, is appropriately named, Bright mode, although a more common name on many projectors is Dynamic mode. In the case of the BenQ HT9060, it is the 2nd brightest mode, that looks pretty good. That one is Vivid, which is geared to tackle more than a modest amount of ambient light. Please note: If you are not plugging in our calibration settings (found on the next two pages), you would still choose either User 1 or Cinema mode for the best overall color, but less brightness. In terms of max brightness, the HT9060 beats its claim. Here are each of the modes, their measured brightness (and the color temp of white (100 IRE). Mode: Mid-zoom (unless noted)LumensColor Temp (100 IRE)Bright (Wide zoom - max)24267541KBright20507541KVivid18016992KCinema17906952KSilence17697284KUser 1 (Calibrated)11666603KUser 2 (UnCalibrated)11657437KHDR 10 (pre and post cal)17547393K More to the point, in calibrated User 1 mode, brightness, was a very respectable 1380 lumens at full wide angle on the lens. Vivid is definitely significantly brighter still. Note that Bright mode, at full wide angle measured in at 2426 lumens – or almost 10% above claim. In a world where most projectors measure between claim, and 25% below claim, kudos to BenQ, for being honest! This next table shows the drop off in brightness one goes from wide-angle (largest image from the projector’s distance) to telephoto. I was surprised to see a 39% drop on a 1.5:1 zoom. I would have expected more like a 25% – 30% drop. Try to place the HT9060 almost as close to the screen as you can, to get the max brightness out. ANSI lumen calculations Based on Lens Position Calibrated mode (User 1)LumensLens zoomed in1380Lens at mid-zoom1166Lens zoomed out854 I expected less drop in brightness going from closest to furthest placement position. This much drop is more typical of projectors with 2:1 zooms not 1.5:1. If you need to place far back, you’ll be giving up more brightness than most competitors, Fortunately the BenQ is slightly brighter than most of those. Now let’s also look at the effect of the different brightness modes. Technically there are three: Standard, Economic and Smart Economic Brightness by Power Mode (User 1)LumensNormal1380Economic986 (40% less)Smart Economic1380 The reason Smart Economic is the same as Normal, is because it is a mode that adjusts and reduces the brightness of the light engine when not all the lumens are needed – such as with darker scenes. But when measuring the projector, we’re measuring an all white image, so we expect to get the same reading as Normal mode. HT9060 Brightness by Mode – Mid-Zoom Picture ModeLumensColor Temp. (Kelvin)Bright20507541KVivid18016992KCinema17906952KSilence17697284KUser 1 (calibrated)11666603KUser 211657437KHDR10 (before and after Calibration)17547393KHDR10 (in NITS)157 HT9060 Projector – Performance: Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Audible Noise, Sharpness Contrast With contrast adjusted, the BenQ handles most content without any clipping of near whites, but, at the same time, that’s working in the normal defined range for brightness up to 235 out of 255 brightness scale. That said, some content will intentionally push above that – up to the full 255, perhaps on a flash of lightening, etc. The BenQ will clip that, but then you certainly aren’t likely to notice, unless the content has more than a rare venture into that over 235 range. I would expect that much of the competition can do a little better in this regard, but it being an issue should be rare, so I count this as minor! Gamma Just a quick mention – I’m referring here to our calibrated User 1 for non HDR content. Jason reports that the gamma numbers are a little off. He used 2.6 to get about 2.4 which is considered right for movies. Myself, I would recommend dropping to 2.4 which comes in right around 2.2, a little brighter. I find that better for most content, although some movies revel in the darker mid ranges (gee, much like 4K HDR content.) If you are using a high contrast screen, I’d definitely recommend the lower 2.4 setting. Audible Noise It’s been a long time since I have been able to enjoy a really quiet projector. This BenQ HT9060 is just that, it’s a projector that at full power, is quieter than most projectors that come through here when they are in their quiet modes. Oh, Sony’s 4K projectors are also pretty quiet, but not this quiet. My next review is the Sony VW695ES – Sony’s direct competitor to the HT9060. Count on comparison photos of the HT9060 in the Sony review. The Sony has already arrived. This should be fun! Sharpness OK, finally a couple of photos for you. Jason dialed back the Sharpness from the default 10 to a more normal 4. Myself, I pushed it up to 6, I am happy for a little extra sharpening some extra perceived sharpness, even if there’s a small cost in terms of image noise. First close-up image - very sharp. Even for these close-ups, we're displaying the images at lower resolutions, and heavily compressed vs the original 4K content. BenQ HT9060: From Journey to the South Pacific (IMAX 4K HDR) Again, very sharp. Look to the sign on the shed, details in the wood, trees... Compare the previous (HT9060) to this shot using the lower cost BenQ HT5550. The HT5550's one nice projector, but the HT9060 is obviously sharper. The lower cost VAVA laser TV, an ultra short throw 4K UHD DLP using the lower resolution 4K UHD chip. Not as sharp, obviously. Epson's Pro Cinema 6050UB, 4K capable, HDR. This pixel shifter has excellent processing to look especially sharp, but still no match for the HT9060. Our Ghostbuster's credit image, lots to look at - gauges, text credit, labels, components. Excellent. Now check out some competition, you can zoom in The less expensive BenQ HT5550. Nicely sharp, but no match. Epson HC5050UB (not quite as sharp as their PC6050UB). Still, despite great processing, the BenQ is clearly sharper. Finally! Here's a sharper image! This projector is the native 4K Sony VW995ES. Tidbits - the Sony is $40,000, it's lens costs almost as much as the BenQ! This 4K UHD DLP is the LG HU85LA, an ultra short throw Laser TV we really liked. Still, definitely not as sharp. (It's about half the price). Of note this close-up was taken with the Sharpness setting at 10 - definitely oversharpened. Jason, our calibrator, suggests, 4, I chose 6. Like most projectors there are other image processing controls. In BenQ’s case, they are found on the Picture Menu – in the Advanced sub-menu, as CinemaMaster controls. In this case, they offer 4K enhancement algorithms for 1080 content, which they call Pixel Enhancer 4K. It seems to behave like several others, including those from Epson and Sony. Interesting though, that the BenQ’s seems focused on enhancing lower resolution content, while some competitors also target those controls for further “sharpening” 4K content as well. All considered, and in part thanks to the obviously good “glass” – optics, the BenQ appears very sharp. And, when I watch content off of the Kaleidescape Strato S I’m also reviewing now, the image looks exceptionally clear. Still, the very top of the line Sony’s with their ARC lens (those projectors start at $25K), sport obviously even better optics, which is fine that you can have a great, clear looking image for nicely under $10K, if you have to spend $25K to do better… Well done! Next up: Our two calibration settings pages, folllowed by our summary. The summary includes our Pros and Cons and more commentary on the competition! 1. HT9060 Projector Review: BenQ’s Flagship 4K UHD Home Theater Projector2. BenQ HT9060 Projector Review: A 4K UHD Home Theater Projector- Special Features3. HT9060 Projector Review: BenQ’s 4K UHD Home Theater Projector- Special Features 24. BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Home Theater Projector – Hardware5. BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Home Theater Projector – Hardware 26. BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Home Theater Projector- Picture Quality 17. BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Home Theater Projector- Picture Quality 28. BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Home Theater Projector- Performance9. BenQ HT9060 Projector Review- Calibration 110. BenQ HT9060 Projector- Calibration 211. BenQ HT9060 4K UHD Home Theater Projector- Summary12. 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