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.
Bullet Point Delta:
to HT9050: LED lamp (no bulb replacement), DLP sharpness, better lens/better focus/better uniformity, better colors
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.
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.
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?)
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.