I’ve already mentioned the quality of the lens (based on observation), in the Special Features pages. Other than repeating that the optical quality of the lens seems very good, better than found on most projectors that cost a lot less, here I’ll provide information, regarding throw distances and lens shift. As also touched on, the projector has no Lens Memory ability to work with wide screens (but does support the use of an anamorphic lens and sled to work with those wide screens.
Looking down the "barrel" of the BenQ HT9060 LED Home Theater Projector. The manual 1.5:1 lens is of high optical quality.
Placement flexibility is very good, really rather impressive for a DLP. (DLP designs, in general, allow for smaller projectors.) Having a lot of lens shift is one reason for HT9060’s large size.
Throw distances for 100” diagonal 16:9 screen
For that same 100” diagonal 16:9 screen, the BenQ HT9060 has a vertical shift of 65% of screen height, which is extremely impressive amount for a DLP projector, and a very healthy amount overall, making it similar to competitive 3LCD (Epson UB series) and LCoS designs, such as Sony and JVC.
Lens shift dials are located on the top just a a few inches back from the front of the projector.
This much vertical lens shift allows the BenQ projector to be rear shelf mounted up high (right side up), assuming the room isn’t too deep for the throw distance), in addition to ceiling mounting or table top options. With these numbers, for example, for a 120” diagonal screen, you really couldn’t REAR shelf mount if the room is deeper than about 15.5 feet, since the max distance from that large a screen is 17 feet, 8 inches. But, we measure distance from the front of the lens, so with this projector being about 2 feet deep, we come up with that 15.5 maximum distance from lens to screen, if rear wall mounted. (I sure hope that makes sense! -art)
And the HT9060 has plenty of horizontal shift – 27% of screen width. Remember though, that the more horizontal shift you use, the less vertical, and vice versa.
Bottom line – a 1.5:1 zoom offers very good range (2.1:1 is about the maximum out there), and the amount of lens shift is extremely good. Excellent optics round out the lens dynamics. This is the type of lens and flexibility one should expect from a projector in the HT9060’s price range, even if there are other similar priced projectors offering less capable lenses, or less lens shift.
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