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Question BenQ HT9050 - how does it compare to more popular projectors under $5K?

There's a nice sale of the BenQ HT9050 right now, presumably to make way for the HT9060 - which introduces HDR.


HT9050 doesn't have HDR and professional reviews appear mixed. I'm just trying to understand the lay of the land. I know the bullet point differences between something like this and something like the traditionally recommended $3k to $5K range goto in that of an Epson 5040UB or JVC 4xx or 5xx series. I guess I'm just hoping someone has seen both in the same room and can personally speak in human terms how the cold hard numbers compare to real life use of both units. I like a good value, and a former $9K MSRP projector for the closeout prices they are offering now is lucrative in the light of two of these reviews - but not based on Sound and Vision's review.

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Pros to HT9050: LED lamp (no bulb replacement), DLP sharpness, better lens/better focus/better uniformity, better colors
Negatives to HT9050: no auto zoom/lens memory, no HDR, no 3D, poorer contrast


Chris Eberle of Secrets of Home Theater said the HT9050 was the best projector he's seen under $10K.
https://hometheaterhifi.com/reviews/...jector-review/


Art Feierman of ProjectorReviews.com said it narrowly missed being given one of his annual awards for home theater projectors - because of no HDR, but that he really enjoyed this projector, and that black levels weren't incredible, but were still good enough to really enjoy the unit, and that the lens was excellent.
https://www.projectorreviews.com/ben...jector-review/


Kris Deering of Sound and Vision gave it a 2.5 star of 5 star review and said black levels were very poor to the point he couldn't enjoy the unit. (bad unit?)
https://www.soundandvision.com/conte...ector-review-0




For reference, my current projector is a Panasonic AE8000U. My chief complaints with it are A) Focus uniformity (bottom right corner is a bit out of focus when using with my PC) B) very slight LCD convergence issue that is also only noticeable when using a PC and small text, C) Black levels are no longer competitive with the units that are out now. Mike Garrett loaned me a JVC RS600 for a home theater crawl in 2017, and it was pretty darn incredible. The blacks were so deep it seemed like it threw black on the screen. My room is painted black, and my ceiling is black. I don't hate my AE8000U contrast, but I know, as an enthusiast they are starting to be dated. My screen fabric is Seymour Center Stage XD acoustic transparent.

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Missing too many features, seemed to be released in a beta state. I wouldnt recommend for 4k cinema viewing, but would be good for a ProAV or moderate ambient light viewing where some of the 4k features unimportant. Kind of pointless to have a projector that supports dci p3 internally but only accepts sdr rec709 over hdmi.

Wait 6-8 months and you probably will be able to get the ht9060 at an affordable price and get a product with complete featureset. The ht9050 is simply missing too much to be a satisfying long term purchase for 4k home cinema IMO. I know its tempting to buy, but to me the ht9050 is a temporary placeholder product for the soon to be released ht9060 which is the real deal feature wise.

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Regardless of which Benq you decide on, I'm happy to tell you that my past experiences with Benq have been excellent! The company's customer service was always sympathetic to my concerns and went out of its way to make sure my needs were met and that I was a happy with the product. They were top notch with me.
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Regardless of which Benq you decide on, I'm happy to tell you that my past experiences with Benq have been excellent! The company's customer service was always sympathetic to my concerns and went out of its way to make sure my needs were met and that I was a happy with the product. They were top notch with me.
This is true, i had a part break on a benq and they fixed it free 2yrs after warranty ran out and they even paid shipping both ways.
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I passed, but did anyone here pick up one of these?


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Just a point of clarification on Kris's review. I am almost positive he checked with Benq to see if there were any problems with his unit. He did have extensive discussions with Benq about ways to improve the pj. Hopefully those will be implemented in the next model.

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I just ordered one- despite the mixed feelings from reviewers and fellow AVS posters. I actually saw another AVS thread that almost convinced me to cancel my order, then when I called Benq, their rep actually convinced me give it a shot and if I'm notg happy with it, return it within 30days. I will come back and post an update after I receive it.
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I just ordered one- despite the mixed feelings from reviewers and fellow AVS posters. I actually saw another AVS thread that almost convinced me to cancel my order, then when I called Benq, their rep actually convinced me give it a shot and if I'm notg happy with it, return it within 30days. I will come back and post an update after I receive it.
I have one, the light engine failed after a couple of months and only displayed that color grid that's in the pic. Benq replaced it pretty quickly. I like the projector, I'm using a HD fury linker sending HDR using settings that Dave Harper provided for the Benq LK970. There's motion judder when watching football.
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I have one, the light engine failed after a couple of months and only displayed that color grid that's in the pic. Benq replaced it pretty quickly. I like the projector, I'm using a HD fury linker sending HDR using settings that Dave Harper provided for the Benq LK970. There's motion judder when watching football.
I noticed Motion judder and artifacts as well and drove me nuts, I think it’s inherent with these xbr chips. Too much processing going on. It always bothered me with eshift pjs too, it’s much better on my native 4K nx5.
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