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Canon REALiS WUX500 Projector Canon REALiS WUX500
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2000:1 Contrast Ratio
5000 Lumens
$3,250 Street Price
$4,899 MSRP

Canon REALiS WUX500 Review

Allan Abbott, July 23, 2015

Set Up

Setting up the WUX500 is easy since its connector panel is labeled clearly, and it offers both vertical and horizontal lens shift along with its 1.8x zoom ratio. When doing an installation, you will usually need to engage all three adjustments no matter how carefully you construct your mounting hardware. While the WUX500 provides all the usual input connections (HDMI, DVI, USB, analog and component video, and audio), it also offers HDBaseT which simplifies cabling if your system inputs are HDBaseT compatible. This can be helpful in complex installations because HDBaseT signals can be transmitted up to 325 feet from multiple sources to the projector.

The WUX500's menu is extensive but easy to navigate. Image adjustments include the usual suspects (brightness, contrast, sharpness, and gamma) and complete color control via two submenus. Adjustments include saturation, balance, and RGB gain and offset. Along with these image control options, the WUX500 provides five custom user programmable memories in addition to the three preset modes (Standard, Presentation, and Photo/sRGB). Fortunately for those who prefer to power up and go, the video performance in the Photo/sRGB preset mode is excellent, and Presentation mode is well calibrated for PowerPoint and document presentation.

The WUX500's 5-watt speaker is not adequate for a medium-size venue, but those rooms usually rely on an external sound system. Those sensitive to the rainbow artifacts of DLP-based projectors will be happy to know that the three LCOS panels in the WUX500 eliminate that annoyance. The heat generated by the lamp requires a high fan speed and fan noise is higher than you would want in a small room, but if the WUX500 is mounted above or behind the audience, fan noise and heat exhaust are not objectionable, and are similar to competitive products in this class.

The WUX500 is versatile when it comes to networking and multiple projection sources. In addition to Crestron RoomView and PJLink compatibility, the WUX500 can put up two simultaneous images side-by-side, and it can edge blend multiple computer inputs for a seamless look. It is also capable of handling multiple computer inputs via the Networked Multi-Projection (NMPJ) protocol. Also, in Wi-Fi mode, up to four computers can be wirelessly connected to the WUX500.

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Reader Comments(1 comment)

Posted Jul 23, 2015 8:12 PM

By Prae Thian

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From what I can see it looks like a reasonable option for a living room projector although currently priced a bit higher than I would like.

In Eco mode, is the sound from the fans smooth or harsh?

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