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BenQ CinePro HT9060 and HT8060 4K Projectors
Both projectors utilize Texas Instrument's 0.66-inch 4K XPR chip technology to deliver to the screen the full 3840x2160 pixel-count in a UHD signal (8.3 million pixels total). Critically, the flagship HT9060 features ColorSpark HLD LED light-source technology from Philips. Along with the usual long life associated with LED light engines (20,000 hours in this case), the ColorSpark HLD system offers unusual brightness and color accuracy not typically found with traditional LED projection. The use of multiple LEDs mounted inside a phospher light tube with a lens on the end to focus the light output are said to create a brighter point source of light within a narrower band of color than is possible with other LED systems.
With this LED light engine as part of BenQ's CinematicColor technology package, the HT9060 is said to deliver 98% of the DCI-P3 color space to which modern 4K movies are mastered. The HT9060 also offers ISFccc calibration options for customized ISF Day and ISF Night modes. It is provided out of the factory with a calibration report that verifies fine-tuning of its Rec.709 color mode in the areas of neutral gray D65 color temperature, gamma, black level, white level, and RGBCMY hue, saturation, brightness.
BenQ says its takes advantage of the projector's wide color gamut with carefully optimized HDR tone-mapping and rendering that took over a year to develop. In its product announcement , the company noted that "Based on BenQ's black equalizer technology found in the company's industry-leading gaming monitors, [both] projectors' HDR is tailored to perfectly balanced color saturation and rich color scale, revealing the details lost in dark areas without losing clarity or displaying incorrect greyscales." BenQ engineers are said to have worked closely with Hollywood filmmakers during product development to tune the image to deliver an accurate rendering of the director's intent.
Other critical specs include 2,200 ANSI lumens of brightness, and a rated 50,000:1 full-on/full-off contrast ratio, though as with other LED projectors the HT9060's apparent brightness is said to be greater than its ANSI lumen rating suggests. The HT8060 is a THX-certified lamp-based model with the same rated lumen output and contrast ratio; it uses a six-segment RGBRGB color wheel to achieve a rated 81% of the DCI-P3 color space and full 100% Rec.709 coverage. Both projectors feature a proprietary, 14-element, six-group lens designed from the ground up to optimize the sharpness of 4K images while preserving brightness and minimizing chromatic aberration. Both models also support Full 1080p 3D playback.
Installation is simplified by a 1.5x zoom function, and the modern design shared by both models (with front-facing ventilation) makes them suitable for an exposed ceiling mount or for tucking into a hideaway compartment. Both models can also accommodate an optional Panamorph Paladin anamorphic lens to facilitate constant-image-height, letterbox-free movie viewing on a 2.4:1 aspect ratio 'Scope-style screen. Inputs include two HDMI (one version 2.0 with HDCP 2.2, one version 1.4), a 15-pin RGB computer input, and a USB Mini-B port. A pair of 12 volt triggers, an IR input, and an RS-232 connection are included for control.
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