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BenQ HT8050 Projector Brings IMAX Into Your Home

BenQ HT8050 DLP 4K THX Projector

BenQ announced the HT8050 home cinema 4K DLP projector, which is the first to earn THX HD Display certification. It uses the same technology that 100% of the world’s IMAX auditoriums use. An advanced DLP 4K UHD chip with XPR technology reproduces 3840×2160 distinct pixels for true 8.3 million pixel 4K UHD resolution. Single chip DLP technology ensures absolute image integrity and color accuracy without artifacts that can be introduced by panel alignment issues, which is especially critical for 4K content given it has much finer pixels compared with 1080p. BenQ’s optimized 4K optical system employs 14 high-resolution elements, a true zoom system and special low-dispersion lens coatings to preserve spectacular visual quality for an authentic digital theater experience.

THX certification guarantees that the HT8050 accurately reproduces content the way the director originally intended. Requiring 10 times as much data analysis and seven times the engineering effort and resources in precise color and gamma adjustments as required for pure Rec. 709 compliance, the HT8050 underwent over 18 months of rigorous development and 200 THX laboratory tests covering over 500 data points to ensure strict color accuracy, precise gamma, ideal color temperature, enhanced uniformity and super high native contrast ratio for THX certification. The HT8050 offers a pre-calibrated THX Mode engineered by THX to offer the most accurate out-of-box picture quality possible. Augmenting its high native ANSI contrast ratio, the HT8050’s Active Iris and Dynamic Black technology, SmartEco and proprietary black paint sealed light engine produce an astounding 50,000:1 dynamic contrast performance for fine detail rendition in the darkest and brightest scenes without any washout to preserve every subtlety of the original content.

BenQ HT8050 side ports

The HT8050’s CinemaMaster image processing technology improves vivid color reproduction, flesh tone correction and advanced digital color and luminance noise reduction. In addition, the HT8050 is ISFccc certified, enabling professional in-home custom calibration. The HT8050 natively supports 2.35:1 anamorphic aspect ratio, offering the ultra-wide cinemascope experience of commercial digital cinemas. Its UHD performance opens a wider viewing angle to allow comfortable viewing of ultra-detailed 4K images up close, maximizing screen size in any given space for the most immersive movie watching experience.

With a streamlined style featuring sleek front-facing ventilation, the HT8050 blends seamlessly into any home cinema setting. Its unobstructed port architecture features extra space to accommodate high-quality cables with HDMI/power cable locking to hold them securely in place. Other HT8050 features include H/V lens shift and 1.5X big zoom for custom installations.

BenQ also claims accurate, crisp and long-lasting picture quality with no color degradation over time.

Price and Availability

The BenQ HT8050 home cinema 4K DLP THX projector will be available Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 for $7,999 through a select reseller network including AVAD, AVI-SPL and another exclusive reseller coming soon.

Specifications (features)

Lamp Mode (Normal/Eco/SmartEco)‎ 3000 / 4000 / 6000 hours ‎
Weight ‎ 14.8 kg (32.6 lbs)‎
Projection System‎ DLP 4K UHD ‎
Native Resolution‎ 3840 x 2160 with XPR technology ‎
Brightness (ANSI Lumens)‎ 2200lm‎
Contrast Ratio‎ 50,000:1 with Dynamic Iris ‎
Display Color‎ 1.07 Billion Colors ‎
Lens‎ F = 2.05 – 2.37 f = 20.54 – 30.31 ‎
Aspect Ratio‎ 16:9 ‎
Clear Image Size/ Maximum Image Size‎ 95″~180″ / 300″ ‎
Throw Ratio‎ 1.36 – 2.03 (100″ @ 3m) ‎
Zoom Ratio‎ 1.5:1 ‎
Lamp Type‎ PHILIPS 240W‎
Resolution Support‎ VGA(640 x 480) to 4K2K_RB (4096×2160)
*RB = Reduced Blanking ‎
Horizontal Frequency‎ 15 – 102KHz ‎
Vertical Scan Rate‎ 23 – 120Hz ‎
Lens Shift‎ Vertical: ± 65% / Horizontal: ± 27% ‎
Interface‎ PC (D-Sub) x 1
HDMI x 2 (HDMI 1: HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2; HDMI 2: HDMI 1.4a & HDCP 1.4)
USB (Type mini B) x 1 (Service)
LAN x 1
RS232 x 1
DC 12V Trigger x 2
IR Receiver x 2 (Front & Back)
IR in x 1‎
Dimensions (W x H x D mm)‎ 470.7 x 564.7 x 224.9 mm‎
HDTV Compatibility‎ 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 2560×1200, 3840×2160, 4096×2160 ‎
Audible Noise (Normal/Economic Mode)‎ 26 / 23 dBA (under Silence Mode)‎
Accessories (Optional)‎ Spare Lamp Kit
Ceilling Mount
Anamorphic lens‎
Color Wheel Segment‎ 6-Segment (RGBRGB) ‎

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