There is a new 6,000-lumen projector available from Canon for medium-size venues. The REALiS WUX6000 is a WUXGA (1920x1200) projector designed for permanent installations in auditoriums, churches, and training centers where a big, bright image is required. Like its few competitors, the WUX6000 can accommodate several different lenses including four zoom lenses and one fixed-focal length short-throw lens. Unlike its competitors, the WUX6000 incorporates powered zoom, focus, and lens shift where its competitors offer only manual adjustments. If you have ever teetered on a stepladder or scaffold 25 feet off the floor trying to set zoom, focus, and lens shift on a newly installed projector, you will appreciate the convenience of making these adjustments from ground level with the handheld remote control.
At a street price of $4,199 without a lens assembly, the WUX6000 is priced well below its competitors who average in the $5,000 range. When a standard zoom lens is added, the WUX6000 costs about $4,750 which is from $300 to $900 below other manufacturers. It is more cumbersome to change lens assemblies on the WUX6000 than on competitive models, but that results from the more stringent support requirements of a power- assisted lens. However, lenses in permanent installations are almost never changed once installed.
As an added bonus, the WUX6000 is the lightest and smallest of the medium-size venue projectors, so it is less of a wrestling match to get it installed. And for those installations where a long throw is required, the WUX6000's ultra-long throw lens (RS-IL04UL) has a 1.95:1 zoom ratio which makes it easier to get the right sized image than its competitors with smaller zoom ratios.
After installing the powered zoom lens of your choice (more on that later), you are in for a treat. The WUX6000 uses three LCOS displays to put up exceptionally color accurate and stunning images. The factory preset for video material (Cinema) is right on the money, and flesh tones are very natural. The quality of the video image belies the WUX6000's native contrast specification of 1,000:1 (up to 2,000:1) as highlights and shadows are rendered with depth and detail. There is no frame interpolation from the WUX6000, so some 24 FPS judder is seen in certain slow panning scenes, but there are also no artifacts which can result from such frame processing.
Switching to photos and choosing the Photo/sRGB image mode displays well-modulated, crisp photos with noticeable depth. Image lighting is uniform, and edge-to-edge focus is excellent. Data projections and small-font text are easily readable even with full keystone correction. And while the built-in 5-watt speaker may not be effective in a large room, it provides more than enough volume for table top viewing. Cooling fan noise is higher than you would want for a small room, but with the WUX6000 mounted well above or behind your audience, the mid-frequency fan noise will not be a distraction.
Image adjustments abound on the WUX6000. There are seven different preset image modes with nine color adjustments ranging from level, balance, and color temperature to gain, balance, and offset for RGB along with a six-axis color adjustment menu for fine tuning if desired. Edge blending is effective for seamlessly combing two extended images, and a picture-by-picture function projects two digital images in a letterbox side-by-side format.
With so many potential settings, it was nice to see that Canon has provided not one or two but five User settings which can store individual image preferences. The WUX6000's menu is extensive but easy to understand and navigate. The remote control is especially well designed and has several one-button selections for choices such as lamp intensity, aspect ratio, and image mode. Inputs accommodated range from analog video to computer and HDMI content as well as a USB-A connection. While there is a DVI-I input, a second HDMI input would have provided some additional cabling flexibility.
One aspect of the WUX6000 worth mentioning is its broad range of networking options. One such option is the Network Multi Projection (NMPJ) function whose four modes (Direct, Meeting, Classroom, and Broadcast) enable display of up to ten PCs to as many as six projectors. Also, there are RJ-45 and RS-232 inputs for remote control and monitoring using protocols from AMX and Crestron.
The WUX6000's maintenance is comparable to its competitors with both its lamp and air filter needing occasional replacement. The lamp life is 3,000 hours at full brightness and 4,000 hours in Eco mode. A replacement lamp (RS-LP09) can be purchased for about $420. The WUX6000 is warranted for three years, and its lamp for 120 days.