BenQ always gives a reason to never visit a movie theater and this time again they offer another reason in the appearance of a new 4K cinema projector for home. The main point of selling this projector is the addition of THX HD Display certification, that demand everything from signal processor and to black and white luminance, color points, noise reduction, viewing angles, and even audio-video lip sync tests to be passed.
BenQ is also touting the lens array, that uses 14 elements that the company claims offers improved color, sharpness, and brightness. A full description of the BenQ HT8050’s various technical achievements can be found on this almost suspiciously long list here.
The BenQ HT8050 4K UHD projector will be the world’s first to boast THX certification when it launches on February 24. It offers 2,200 lumens of brightness, support for 1.07 billion colors, a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 8.3 million pixels, and also sports a native resolution of 3,840 × 2,160. BenQ guarantees a clear image size of between 95 and 180-inches, but the BenQ HT8050 can project up to a 300-inch image if you have the space to go that big.
The company not reveal in their press statement or on BenQ’s website of a wide color gamut–two features of the Ultra HD Blu-ray spec or support for HDR–means that we can only assume that the BenQ HT8050 won’t support these technologies.
This performance comes at a heavy cost, though, with the BenQ HT8050 set to sell for $8000 when it is released on February 24th. If that price point was not an immediate giveaway, the BenQ HT8050 is meant for upscale home theater installations, and in accordance with that will only be available from select resellers, including AVI-SPL and AVAD.