Posted on November 13, 2013 By Art Feierman
The BenQ W5000 is a projector that I have in the past described as having excellent dark shadow detail. That compares very favorably with the Home Cinema 6500UB which I have often said “isn’t the best at shadow detail”. Shadow detail is indeed a particular strength of the BenQ, compared to the Epson, although the Epson isn’t bad at all. Shadow detail performance is therefore pretty much a reverse compared to black level performance, where the Epson is “best in class”, and the BenQ only very good. The BenQ was only bested last year (black levels), by Epson’s older model, and today, probably of the projectors in this class.
The Panasonic and probably the Sanyo PLV-Z3000. Personally I’d rather have the black level performance, and a slight loss of shadow detail, than the other way around. Still, the BenQ shadow detail is impressive.
The BenQ W5000 is better than most projectors in terms of out-of-the-box color accuracy. That said, there is a bit too much green, which shows up slightly in skin tones. That quickly goes away with a grayscale calibration. Once that is done, skin tones and color accuracy in general, are extremely good, although our photos tend to be a bit strong on blue.
By comparison, the Epson Home Cinema 6500UB tends to be a little warm (shift towards red – away from blue) out of the box. Still, I prefer the Epson’s out-of-the-box color because the slight extra green in skin tones are more annoying than the slight extra red.
But, what we really care about is after the projectors are properly set up. Both projectors while good out-of-the-box, visibly improve with calibration. At this point, my money favors the BenQ W5000 slightly, for its excellent skin tones. The Epson Home Cinema 6500UB, I describe as “being really very good”, but not quite as natural as the W5000.
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