Projector Reviews

BENQ LU9750 PRO WUXGA 8,500 LUMEN LARGE VENUE LASER DLP PROJECTOR REVIEW – SUMMARY

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The BenQ LU9750 provides a WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200 pixels) native resolution. I’m glad that BenQ included the ability for the projector to see video signals up to 4K 60 Hz before converting them to display at the projector’s native resolution. 

BenQ is using a larger 0.67-inch DLP imager with all its benefits, including a low refresh rate of 36 ms, likely because this WUXGA sensor does not need to pixel-shift to achieve its native resolution. The LU9750 is a DLP projector that uses BenQ’s dual color wheel system with one phosphor and another RGBY wheel. This $11,999 MSRP (Lens not included) large-venue projector produces a beautiful image, is bright, and offers a wide range of other valuable features not typically found on a business projector. 

The BenQ LU9750 is an incredibly bright projector tested at 8,908 ANSI lumens of brightness. This number is 408 ANSI lumens brighter than BenQ’s rated brightness of 8,500 ANSI lumens. 8,908 ANSI lumens are more than bright enough to use the projector in venues with some ambient light like large retail spaces, museums, entertainment, or conference venues.

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The LU9750 provides excellent placement flexibility, thanks to its interchangeable lens system, which offers nine lenses that provide everything from an ultra-short-throw lens to multiple wide and telephoto lenses. The projector offers electronic horizontal and vertical lens shift, electronic zoom, and focus from the remote and the projector’s control panel.

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The BenQ LU9750 is compatible with leading projector control systems, including Extron, Crestron, AMX, and PJLink, for network control via LAN, making it simple to integrate into corporate network infrastructures. When there is no LAN infrastructure, the LU9750 also supports RS-232 for reliable long-distance installations and BenQ’s proprietary Multiple Display Administrator (MDA) software.

The color performance of the LU9750’s manufacturer preset picture modes provides users the options for quick quality setups when pressed for time. BenQ provides preset adjustments for SDR, HDR, and 3D signals. In addition, the LU9750 offers adjustments for GAMMA, COLOR SPACE, and even WALL COLOR. BenQ also has a wide range of manual image adjustments, allowing users to dial in any number of custom adjustments for almost every aspect of this projector’s displayed image.

The LU9750 accepts video up to 4K resolution, and the projector is capable of receiving and displaying HDR encoded signals, including HDR10 and HLG.

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HDR is getting better on projectors, but overall it’s still really hard to implement. Overall I preferred the projector’s out-of-the-box SDR preset picture modes.

BenQ claims the contrast on the LU9750 is 3,000,000:1, but I don’t usually give too much credence to this type of number. I look at how the projector displays black levels and shadow details. The big question I look to answer is how close the blacks are in my review to true black. My biggest complaint about the LU9750 is the blacks on this projector are more gray than black. I understand that the typical large-venue use case for this projector will likely be very forgiving of this. That said, I’ve seen better black levels on newer similarly specced professional projectors. The LU9750 offers decent details in the shadows and brightest areas of the picture, but the black levels on the LU9750 are not as dark as I think they should be.

THE COMPETITION

I’ve reviewed several high brightness professional projectors in the last few months. Three, in particular, come to mind when considering what brands and models the LU9750 is competing against.

Optoma ZU920TST: This projector stands out as a competitor for the BenQ ZU9750. This projector’s core features are almost identical to the BenQ LU9750, except that the Optoma uses a new fixed lens that allows the projector to or at a longer-throw distance from 241 inches to 653 inches. The LU920TST comes with both DYNAMIC CONTRAST and EXTREME BLACK settings that work extremely well, with the exception that with these on, blacks tend to get a little crushed. However, at least the blacks are visibly black. The Optoma’s out-of-the-box color is not as good as the BenQ, but it has all the manual picture adjustments an installer could want. The Optoma also can be featured PIP, PBP, and both horizontal and vertical stacking for 2 to 16 projectors.

Panasonic PT-MZ880U: With 8,000 lumens, WUXGA, 3LCDs, and selling for $7,499, this projector is significant competition. The Panasonic has similar features, is sold at a lower price, and Panasonic makes a short-throw lens specifically for this projector for about $3,000 MSRP, along with five other lenses. The Panasonic also offers 3LCDs for equal color and white lumens.

Epson EB-PU1008W: With 8,500 lumens, WUXGA + 4K Enhancement, ILC (not included), selling for $10,593. Optional lenses sell from $500 to $4,000 MSRP. This Epson also features 3LCD panels.

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PROS

  • Exceeds BenQ’s stated brightness by 408 ANSI lumens
  • The projected images appear crisp but not overly sharpened
  • Guaranteed 20,000 hours of light-source life (NORMAL mode), Estimated 30,000 hours (ECO mode), an estimated 70,000 hours (DIMMING mode)
  • IP5X rating means virtually no need for maintenance
  • 3,000,000:1 DYNAMIC CONTRAST Ratio
  • Electronic Lens Shift (H/V), Zoom, and Focus
  • Wired remote control for individual control in multi-projector setups
  • Nine optional motorized lenses for ultimate installation flexibility
  • Supports horizontal and vertical stacking
  • 4-Corner Geometric Correction, Warping, Blending, and BenQ exclusive white balance adjustments make horizontally combined images appear seamless 
  • 360° and Portrait positioning allows projection onto ceiling, walls, floors, or angled signage
  • HDBaseT and RS-232 are fully supported.
  • Horizontal projector combining is supported.
  • Displays good color in preset brightness mode
  • Capable of 24/7 operation
  • AMX, Crestron RoomView, Extron IPLink, and BenQ MDA software- compatible
  • 3-Year parts and labor warranty 

CONS

  • Black levels need to be better
  • No Extreme Black settings
  • HDR mode needs improvement
  • Optional lenses start at an MSRP of $1,476.00