The HT9060 sports excellent optics, with plenty of zoom range, and extensive amounts of lens shift for easy placement. We reviewed it’s predecessor, the HT9050 and were very impressed by the quality of the optics, compared to much less expensive 4K UHD DLP projectors.
You won’t find “glass” anywhere near this good (nor this much zoom, nor lens shift) in the typical under $2500 4K UHD DLP projectors. If anything, of the 4K UHD DLP projectors, BenQ’s $2499 HT5550 (full review) which uses the lower res chip set, but may be the next best DLP in terms of placement flexibility.
This HT9060 review, to me will seem like a good bit of déjà vu. Over two years ago, we reviewed its predecessor, the HT9050. The two look almost identical, but are very different in certain areas of compatibility.
4K UHD - Journey to the South Pacific. This image really shows off the HT9060 projector's clarity
The HT9060, like its predecessor, used an LED light source. That’s a bit unusual at this price point, as others are mostly using laser light engines. That’s fine though. Most of the benefits of LED light engines are similar to Laser ones, such as how long the laser or LED will last, how they slowly lose brightness, and shift color very slowly over time, compared to lamp based projectors, as well as other advantages.
Generally, though, LED light engines have had a tougher time being very bright. But this BenQ delivers plenty of brightness for the home.
Although the HT9060 is 4K UHD, not native 4K, please note, that if you want a laser light engine based native 4K projector, you are looking at more than double the price!
There are, of course, far less expensive LED based home theater projectors, although, most of them are definitely “home entertainment”, not serious “home theater!” We’ve recently reviewed a few 4K capable DLP projectors with LED engines from under $1500. Believe me, though, those low cost projectors are no match – on many levels, with this BenQ! The old saying “you get what you pay for” applies here.