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BenQ HT9050 Video - 4K UHD Home Theater Projector At A Glance

Posted on October 20, 2017 By Phil Jones

The BenQ HT9050 is a 4K UHD pixel shifter, meaning it uses the pixel overlapping technique to get that 8.3 million megapixels, which constitutes 4K resolution, on the screen. It uses the new Texas Instruments DLP chip, which has 2716 x 1528 x2 resolution. That means the BenQ HT9050 has 50% more pixels than the best-of-the-best 1080p pixel shifters.

Though Art felt strongly about a missing key feature, he was quite impressed with the sharpness of the BenQ HT9050. This single-chip DLP projector can rival the sharpness of true 4K projectors, because most of those use 3-chip panels, which tend to have some misconvergence – not so with this HT9050. The projector has an LED light engine, so the lifetime of the BenQ HT9050 will last tens of thousands of hours. You will be replacing the projector for being obsolete long before the light engine reaches the end of its life.

In this video, Art Feierman covers the basics of the BenQ HT9050 and provides his own insights into the projector. Check out this year’s Best Home Theater Projectors Report, where the HT9050 was considered – see how it stacked up against the competition!

The video features photos of the projector in action, as well as video clips from “Ultimate Wave Tahiti” by Stephen Low Productions. The photos from The Hunger Games are incredibly sharp, as are the video clips. Though no match for viewing the projector in person, these clips and photos give a good idea of the quality of the projector’s image. Check out the video to see if the HT9050 is right for you, and come back to read the review when it publishes late October 2017.

You’re going to come across a lot of options when searching for your next home theater projector. How do you choose? We understand that the sheer amount of possibilities can be overwhelming, which is why we’re putting out these short videos. These short projector videos are here to serve as a brief overview of each projector, so that you can get an idea of the projectors’ specs, special features, hardware, etc., and decide quickly about whether it’s worth your time to read its review. If the projector doesn’t have what you’re looking for, why bother?

BenQ HT9050 Highlights

  • 2200 lumens – and thanks to LED engine, overall brightness will only drop slowly over years, not months (as is the case for lamp based projectors)
  • 6 preset color modes and two savable User modes
  • Also ISF certified, which provides two additional modes to be set up by professional ISF calibrator
  • LED light engine claims 20,000 hour life
  • Extensive lens shift and 1.5:1 zoom for superior placement flexibility
  • Supports DCI-P3 color (subset of BT.2020) on 4K content
  • Large remote control with nice backlight (orange)
  • Very well laid out navigation menus
  • Very quiet, even at full power
  • “Instant” On/Off, thanks to LED light engine. See comments elsewhere.
  • Uses “lamp dimming” – in this case LED dimming to “emulate” a dynamic iris
  • Support for anamorphic lens
  • User manual provided on CD
  • 3 Year Warranty


From the Editor: This video was created as a brief overview of the BenQ HT9050 projector. It was edited and produced by Nikki Kahl and features Art Feierman, editor of

Videos that are part of the Projector Reviews TV channel are created by Projector Reviews Inc. If we review a projector and it wins one of our awards, it becomes eligible for a video summary. Of course, we can only do a limited number of these videos. In some cases, we will choose a projector review to do a video of. In other cases, a request may come from the manufacturer. As we do with the rest of the content on our website, we offer manufacturers Permissions.

With these paid Permissions, manufacturers can post these videos on their own websites, pass them out to their dealers, and use them for other promotional purposes including trade shows and point-of-sale displays in retail stores. These videos are very short versions of the full review. In just a few minutes worth of video we can’t begin to capture all the information in the review, so we call this a video summary.

If this video is positive and enthusiastic about the projector, is simply because the review itself was positive and enthusiastic. We try to make the videos more fun, a bit less dry, with far less technical detail. Enjoy, but also visit the full review for more depth, even the settings that work best. Thanks! -art

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