BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector Review

November 6, 2015 / By Art Feierman

BenQ HT4050 is the highest quality of three new DLP based home theater / home entertainment projectors.  How improved over their W1070, HT1075 you may be asking? Is this a serious home theater projector, or "just" another home entertainment projector?  Find out here.

In addition to the HT4050, which is the most feature laden, there are two other new models, the HT3050, and the HT2050.  The HT4050 and the HT3050 tout REC 709 color - while the 2050 info talks about great color.  REC 709 is the modern standard for HDTV, etc.  Of course there's a difference between having a REC 709 mode, and it actually measuring color that precisely meets that claim. We, of course, have calibrated the HT4050, and will report on how close the HT4050 comes to hitting the target on the money.  The HT3050 is pretty similar for less money, but is missing a couple of key features.  You'll have to make that call.  We received an HT3050 for review as well, and I'm told by BenQ, that the same calibration settings should work for both, or rather be close enough to not matter.

Similarly, a number of projectors are THX certified, which normally implies a REC 709 accuracy, but our experience is that many projectors with THX modes are merely close, and sometimes not all that close.  Let's just say, for now, that the BenQ HT4050 starts out with especially good, accurate color, yet can still benefit slightly from further calibrating the REC 709 mode, more accurate color.  No surprise there!

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