As a 1080p projector, the BenQ HT9050 produces an excellent picture, with two caveats: First, as mentioned, black levels are pretty good, but not first class. Considering that for less, there are two JVCs that are a world better at black levels, and even the Epson 5040UB is superior, that’s too bad. True, the BenQ is a 4K UHD pixel shifter, so its resolution is 2716 x 1528 x2, while those others have half the pixel count: 1920 x 1080 x2. Still, a better dynamic iris, and/or “lamp” (in this case LED laser engine) dimming method, would have been a noteworthy improvement.
Second, the image noise was a little high, but not out of line for most DLP projectors. As mentioned, I think it is simply a bit more noticeable to those who sit close, by virtue of the HT9050’s excellent image sharpness.
Colors were overall rich, and post calibration, very accurate.
Now, let’s talk again about 4K content from Blu-ray UHD disc. The picture (other than the even sharper image thanks to the 4K content), does tend to look more like 1080p content than 4K content viewed with HDR. An HDR image is visibly different – I can best describe it as having a very different gamma curve (if a curve at all), but that’s simplifying.