BenQ HT6050 Projector Review


Display TypeDLP
Inputs2x HDMI, 1x Composite, 1x Component, 1x DSub15, 1x RS232
3D SupportYes
Projector Size6.5" x 16.9" x 12.6"
Projector Weight19.4 lbs.
Review DateMarch 8, 2017

The BenQ HT6050 is a DLP projector with excellent out of the box color and good installation flexibility for a DLP at an attractive price point. Sharpness isn’t as good as other DLP projectors, and the calibration menus can be hard to use – but for the right installation, the HT6050 is an exciting and approachable option.

Set-Up of the HT6050

Display Type:DLP
Inputs:2x HDMI, 1x Composite, 1x Component, 1x DSub15, 1x RS232
3D Support:Yes
Projector Size:6.5" x 16.9" x 12.6"
Projector Weight:19.4 lbs.
Review Date:March 8, 2017
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DLP projectors have long been constrained on where they can be installed. The previously reviewed BenQ HT2050 only offers a 10% vertical lens shift and must be mounted above or below a screen. The BenQ HT6050 offers a 70% vertical lens shift (-15% to +55%) and a +/- 5% horizontal lens shift. Five available lenses on the BenQ HT6050 offer more flexibility with the throw range to fit in almost any room, regardless of the distance from the screen.

Using an online calculator, I determined that in my room (13’ deep, 92” screen), that the standard lens would be appropriate. While installation of the lenses isn’t inherently hard, I found it a tad nerve-racking. Instructions aren’t readily available – odd as this is a key step for functionality – and once located aren’t very descriptive. I found myself very concerned about causing some sort of damage by executing the installation incorrectly. I was successful – but a video on YouTube or the BenQ website might give users a little more comfort. Should you be working with a local dealer, it is likely this’ll be handled by folks with experience and not a concern.

Focus and lens shift are all manual with lens shift controls hidden under a door on the top. In practice, the controls are more limited than in my daily projector, a JVC RS-25. Adjustments to my screen and projection mount let me accommodate the HT6050, but DLP remains less flexible than some other projectors.

Inputs are standard – dual HDMI ports are included – one that is MHL capable for providing power. The HDMI inputs are 1.4a vs 2.0a, but given the native resolution you won’t need to feed this projector UltraHD content. There are a handful of other inputs, but I only made use of HDMI. The remote is well laid out, uncrowded, and is backlit.

There are three lamp modes on the HT6050: normal, eco and SmartEco – which adapts brightness of the lamp based on content. I predominantly used Eco in my testing, which produced more than enough light in on my 92” screen. One note: the HT6050 uses an RGBRGB color wheel, which is an upgrade over the RGBCMY color wheel implemented in cheaper DLP projectors. While the RGBRGB wheel yields fewer lumens, it is capable of reproducing a more accurate Rec-709 color gamut. We’ll be able to measure color gamut volume more accurately soon with a forthcoming update from CalMAN.

Fantastic Out of the Box Performance

There are a host of different picture modes on the HT6050, but it is easy to see flipping through them that “THX” is the most accurate. Even before I pull out my test gear, on initial viewing I can tell the colors in THX on the HT6050 are as close to accurate out of the box as I have seen. If all you do correct brightness and contrast on the HT6050 you will have a great image. That said, a bit of work can get you an even better image out of the HT6050 (see Calibration Details).

I have been eager to catch up with last years Star Trek Beyond. Though I wasn’t enamored with this installment when compared to the first two in the trilogy, the Blu-ray is without question reference material. I am really happy with the way that the HT6050 did with Beyond. Scenes on the forest planet of Altamid are rendered well – foliage color is accurate and natural looking and the picture has very good depth & pop. Darker interior scenes are more challenging for the HT6050 – the blacks just are not on par with what you can achieve with with an LCOS projector and this has an impact as action shifts to the interior of the planet. During space battles at the end of the movie, I miss the inky blacks I am use to, which here are more grey than black. In my hands, the automatic iris didn’t work all that well. It is slow to act and can be seen pulsing well after a light scene is transitions to a darker one. SmartEco mode does produce deeper blacks, and the change was far less noticeable than with the iris, but blacks still do not approach what is achievable with other technologies.

While Star Trek is a tough test for the HT6050 with its abundance of dark interior scenes and space battles – when a movie that had less of that type material, the HT6050 shined. I absolutely loved last year’s “spiritual” sequel to