The TK800 did just fine overall. I did very little watching in my theater, with it fully darkened, as you won’t be putting your TK in a room with black and very dark blue floors ceilings and walls. Instead, I almost always had at least a little light on. As such, my expectations were, of course, not looking for great black levels, etc.
Because of my decision to have ambient light most of the time, I favored using some of the brighter, uncalibrated picture modes. It’s not a typical experience that I would put on a movie like Passengers, with intentional ambient light, but was surprised at how enjoyable it was all that over the top in Sport Mode or (although very cool) Vivid TV, for example, is what you need with the ambient light there, as the light tries to partially wash out the image.
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4K UHD content. Here’s where the BenQ’s HDR control comes in. With ambient light in the room (not much), I settled for +1 for the HDR setting, and it worked fine on Passengers, and also the parts of Ghostbusters (2016) that I watched.
In the photo player above, the last two images were taken with the same exposure, the only difference is HDR set to 0 on the first of two, and to +1 on the 2nd one. +1 fights the natural HDR tendency of dimness, rather nicely.
Eric’s calibration of User 2 mode, produced almost 2100 lumens and boy was it nice having that many lumens for HDR. The image popped on movies, although not quite like watching sports in one of those bright modes (picture quality which would be over the top on many movies.)
I was delighted with the results of Eric’s work for 4K viewing. Overall the color was very good, but Eric couldn’t prevent the brighter ranges 80 IRE and up, from jumping up to the 7300K range, instead of 6500K, providing a cooler image on brighter scenes. Technically that’s not great, but it sure is fun to view.
The TK800 – for 4K viewing, I might describe as a projector, not for the purist, or traditional enthusiast, but for folks that just want a huge image with some wow factor, that can handle 4K content, 3D too, bright, with eye-popping colors when called for, and basically putting up imagery that will hook them on the big screen experience.
Geez, that’s about the nicest thing I’ve ever said about a projector, that I just pointed out still doesn’t have really accurate color. BTW, Eric’s Bright mode settings are definitely more accurate, staying pretty close to 6500K over the entire range down to 20 IRE. Still, I stuck with his setup for 4K with HDR, and it worked out just dandy for the way I was watching.
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