Home Theater Projector
March 10, 2014
The BenQ W7500 is BenQ's newest flagship home theater projector and the long-awaited successor to 2011's BenQ W7000. This 1080p DLP projector is built with home theater in mind and incorporates a number of significant upgrades that make it a worthy successor to the W7000. The projector's high light output makes it a great choice for those who want a really big screen, while its razor-sharp image, dynamic range, and accurate color can be appreciated in just about any setting. The W7500 has an MSRP of $2,799.
The Viewing Experience
The W7500 is BenQ's new flagship home theater projector, built for use in darkened spaces on medium-sized screens. We set up the W7500 on a rear shelf in our darkened theater space, connected it to our Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray player, killed the lights, and turned on the power. The image that sprang to life on the screen isn't too dissimilar from the one produced by the BenQ W7000, BenQ's previous flagship model released in late 2011.
The W7500 has a crystal clear, highly detailed image, and it really shows its full potential when you're watching a high-quality HD source. Clarity is one of the W7500's stronger features, and the projector easily holds its own against similarly-priced competition.
The W7500 produces quite a bit of light -- our test unit measured slightly over 1400 lumens in Cinema mode out of the box and over 1100 lumens after calibration. Black level is more than adequate for the display of film and video, though it is not the W7500's strongest suit. Good dynamic range gives the image some serious three-dimensional pop, especially in bright scenes. After a quick calibration, color on the W7500 is close to ideal, with strong saturation, high brightness, and a gamut that hews very closely to the Rec. 709 standard for HD.
By all the technical criteria, the W7500 produces a very good image. Once you've set up the projector and started watching a movie, though, the technical criteria go right out the window. The W7500 has a natural, life-like image, and the projector brings out every scrap of detail in the source material.