Before I get into the picture itself, note that the HT9060 lacks CFI (creative frame interpolation) aka “smooth motion.” While I am not a fan of CFI on movies and most content, I do find it to be a plus on most sports viewing. Fortunately sports coming too you is likely to be at least 30fps. And if you are getting 60fps sports, well, CFI brings very little to the party – your content is already really smooth.
I did most of my sports viewing in Vivid mode – uncalibrated. I used the projector in my theater with its very dark walls, floor, and ceiling, but with either a small light on at night, or with the blackout shades covering each of the bay windows, and the side window, open slightly to let in the daylight. The HT9600 has no problem in Vivid. If I darkened the room a lot, then Vivid starts looking a bit over the top. Either switch to the calibrated User 1 mode (our settings), or perhaps stick with Vivid, but dial back the saturation slightly, with less ambient light.
The teams – and the football fields, and the player's faces, all looked really good, so there were no visual distractions from enjoying the football and basketball (and even a bit of golf).
The very sharp optics make for a really crisp picture. My only complaint – I don’t yet have 4K sports to view, but that will be addressed in my new theater, in the upcoming months.
Typical sports scene, Vivid mode, moderate ambient light present.
Good looking image - color in particular, sharp, 1080i content, from NFL game in Mexico.
Nicely sharp. 1080i content from cable.
Bottom line on sports viewing: The HT9060 puts up a very sharp image, with vibrant colors, and reasonable accuracy for sports. There are brighter projectors, and plenty with CFI, but assuming you are a “movies first” type person – if you were sports first, this BenQ probably wouldn’t be your first choice. In that case, there are plenty of less expensive projectors that could provide a better value, some with a lot more brightness, if needed.