BenQ HT1075 Projector

Flat-screen 1080P HDTVS have been falling in cost. However, short of a blowout sale, a truly big screen set say, 70 inches bigger or diagonal, even in clear old 1080p, will likely set you back a minimum of $1,500. Compared with costs even a couple of years past, that is not expensive, but also for many buyers it is still cash that is substantial.

Imagine if you found that for less cash you can get an image that is three or even more times the size (by region) of that 70-inch flat screen set?

That is the cost of the 1080p BenQ projector. You will need to take care of a couple of caveats, naturally. Projectors may be used in small surrounding light, though they always operate best in the dark and you will need if you're able to to control the lighting. But when you are easy, it is just marginally more intimidating than mounting a flat screen.

Afterward there is regular lamp replacement. That lamp life that is said is more generous than most, though it could be positive if your target would be to keep like new performance.

All that said, however (and as we have composed in the past), there is nothing quite like getting the effect of entering an actual mini-movie theatre at home. And this projector that is affordable only might be your very best path.

Since BenQ is an important player in the commercial projector market, it isn't astonishing that (case colour excepted) the HT1075 single-chip DLP projector seems physically similar to the firm's business-centric MH680, but with a modified input signal set. The genesis of the HT1075 can also be evident from its built in mono speaker and small, 10-watt (specified) amp.

Atmos. But it is there in a pinch if the projector plopping down briefly.

Zoom and the focus are both not automatic, and they are reachable on the very top of the chassis. You will talk to the projector mainly in the outstanding, backlit remote, although the other controls are there as well. The available settings contain complete colour-calibration controls as well as a color management system (CMS). Both ISF calibration ways, Night and Day, are not inaccessible to an ISF calibrator.

The projector has a fairly steep vertical counter, which elevates the picture nicely over the amount of the lens in a tabletop setup. What this means is that for optimum outcomes, you need to place it either lower compared to the base of the the display or (inverted) above it. The HT1075 does have a rare attribute in a home theatre projector, vertical lens shift with company genes in its DNA. But this control does not offer adjustment--less than a foot on my 96-inch-wide display. In the event you still need to tip the projector dramatically to place the image on the display, you will risk keystone distortion, which creates a trapezoidal graphic as opposed to a rectangle that is clear. The BenQ additionally has vertical and horizontal keystone controls to correct because of this. These might be useful for squaring up the image for this summer film nighttime projected on barn or your garage, but we recommend against using keystone adjustment to get a serious, long-term set up. Resolution can be degraded by it.

The manual lens controls can also be interactive. Changing the zoom by just a tiny number throws vice versa, and the focus off. It took me several attempts, going forth and back between zoom and focus, to make an effect that was good. This might be a pain bringing it from the cupboard only once weekly to set it up for film night should you are using the projector intermittently. To get a set up that is long-term, yet, you will just need to get it done once.

Thus, while set up was somewhat boring, I had been eventually in a position to reach a superb result by making use of the projector on a table that is low.

But they can be certainly added by you via an appropriately featured Bluray player with Smart TV attributes or an affordable streaming media player like Roku or an Apple TV. The projector does offer streaming and reflecting from apparatus having MHL (Mobile High definition Link) abilities (not tested).

One of the unique characteristics of the BenQ is wireless reception using kit that is $349 connectivity. Though this might be restricted by obstacles like walls, the sources could be divided in the projector by up to 100 feet. We were not able to examine this as the kit was not available at the time of our assessment, but this is an attractive alternative if it works as promised. (Of course, one could always buy a third party wireless HDMI transmitter/receiver kit for equal number or less.)

Because the burn in was done in a lair into my primary home theater moving the BenQ before my, the projector just polished on a wall, creating an image about 4 feet broad. Also, the wall was not a white surface that is smooth but was really beige and textured! I mention this because, in spite of this nonoptimum set up and "display," the image was highly watchable, and that I used it as my go to TV for a number of days.

Having said that, I imagine that serious videophile readers and more than the usual few video calibrators have crumpled to the ground, writhing in torment and foaming in the mouth. Take into account, however, that more than several buyers of a projector like this can start out using it in only this manner.

It seemed extremely bright, and surprisingly great. It was also not intrusive, and incredibly quiet in the Economical Lamp Electricity setting in the higher, Standard setting. In the beginning, I utilized the Cinema Picture Mode in the Economical Lamp Electricity setting, on the factory default of 50 using the Contrast control. Only after did I learn that the peak white level on my display was nearly 40 footlamberts! This small BenQ is a blowtorch!

Not surprisingly though, given its cost, its black level operation was far from amazing. Even at the low settings of the Contrast control that I finally settled on (to decrease the result into a still glowing 20 to 25 feet-L), the blacks shifted hardly any by measurement rather than at all by eye. Those grey blacks stayed one of the prime defects of the projector, probably inevitable in this kind of budget layout.

Before year approximately, I Have seen lots of projectors from Sony and JVC, as well as plasma screen dimmed LED LCD, as well as OLED flat screens all of which offered blacks that were scrumptious but cost significantly over the BenQ. Scenes with brilliant highlights and dark backgrounds, however, do considerably better, thanks to the high brightness of the projector.

The BenQ did neglect upconversion SD our 2:2 HD and 2:2 evaluations, a comparatively inconsequential evaluation on which more than a few screens have also stumbled. But all the others were passed by it.

Other problems? Yes, I did sometimes see DLP rainbows, regardless of the projector's quick, multi-segment color wheel. But I am really sensitive to the artifact of single-chip DLP projectors that use a color wheel; DLP rainbows can't be seen by some observers . For the large part, I could dismiss them. There was, additionally, a considerable quantity of dither-like video noise in the image, especially on dark scenes. But this was not basically visible in an average viewing distance.

Beyond those bookings, there is a great deal to enjoy here. Even despite some soso measured results, it seemed really great in the default option Cinema Picture Mode, before calibration. That is great news for many buyers that are not likely to calibrate a $1,200 screen. or so to spend $400 Calibration gave me a reassuringly precise pair of colour measurements as well as somewhat more natural fleshtones, but a lot of observers will probably be pleased with all the results from the carton. Simply remember that components variations in the projection lamps, as well as just about any screen, can create differences that just a complete colour calibration can level outside.

Calibrated or not, the BenQ created images that were quite pleasing. The intentionally dull colour palette of the movie was also totally represented. Where desired, however, the projector can create brilliant color. The computer animated Frozen seemed eyepoppingly magnificent, especially in the scenes where Anna is seeking for Elsa in the ice- and snow covered mountains.

My 3D screening of the BenQ was restricted, but ghosting was minimal as well as the projector's top-notch brightness was just what the physician ordered for 3D. You will not see 3D this brilliant in a theatre, or in many home theater set ups.

But 3D screening did not come without problems. Unless linked straight to the projector with the USB charging cable not just an optimum option as first examined, the DLP 3D spectacles would not function! Obviously it's, so something was definitely awry in the HDMI communications (EDID) between these receivers as well as the projector.

We were later sent a new sample of the projector by BenQ, together with revised spectacles that functioned flawlessly from player using a direct connection to projector. (Be constantly aware that a totally dark display in 3D, as in a picture transition, appears onscreen as brilliant reddish when seen without the spectacles. This oddity vanished against the eyeglasses on.)

Few players have that choice, yet. To be honest, we don't have any way of knowing if the communicating problem was the fault of the AVRs or the projector. Such is the puzzle of HDMI the launch of any new version (2.0, in this scenario) brings with it a sequence of incompatibility bugs that just appear to work themselves out over time.


In the late 1990s, I 'd occasional film nights for members and friends of the Stereophile and Stereophile Guide to Home Entertainment family. Laserdisc. When the CRT projector broke down, I needed to make use of a brand new LCD projector that had arrived for review, one week. Those unfledged displays were quite dismal, plus one attendee noted that the crowd was subjected by me to your crummy LCD image!

Make no mistake: Matters came quite a distance, and unless your film-night celebration contains the evil twin of video guru Joe Kane, no one will probably create any negative opinion regarding the demonstration of the BenQ. I definitely appreciated the time I spent with it all.

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