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BenQ CinePro HT9060 4K LED Projector Review

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Ease of Use
Intended Use:
DIY Home Theater
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50000:1 Contrast Ratio
2200 Lumens
Full HD 3D
$9,332 Street Price
$8,999 MSRP

BenQ HT9060 Measurements

Author's Note: To determine color accuracy and gamut volumes for all the picture modes I used CalMan 5 software and an X-Rite i1 Pro spectrophotometer. The results from these tests can be used as relative comparisons between projector display modes, but since CalMan's algorithms for color volume measurement are not based on the latest industry standards, they may not match the manufacturer's published specs.

Brightness. The following chart shows white brightness in ANSI lumens for each color and light power mode. Color brightness, as measured using multi-color RGB test targets (following the ICDM CLO Standard 15.4) is also provided for each color mode using the Normal power mode.

BenQ HT3550 ANSI Lumens

MODE Normal Economic SmartECO Color Brightness
Bright 2310 1620 2330 1470
Vivid 1450 1010 1450 1520
Cinema 1440 1000 1460 1350
HDR 1450 1010 1450 1530
Silence 1240 N/A N/A 1230

Contrast Ratio. Below are measured contrast ratios for the different modes and power settings taken as full on/full off and as ANSI contrast. There is no industry standard for full on/full off contrast ratio measurements; as noted in the text these are provided primarily for comparing various display modes.

BenQ HT9060 Contrast Ratio

MODE Full On/Full/Off
Full On/Full Off
Bright 1180:1 4660:1 212:1
Vivid 960:1 4200:1 142:1
Cinema 970:1 3970:1 140:1
HDR 990:1 4200:1 145:1
Silence 1080:1 N/A 148:1

Color Temperature/White Point. Color temperatures for the 100% (100 IRE) brightness level for each mode were measured using i1Share software and the Xrite i1 Pro, with the projector in Normal (full power) light mode.

MODE Normal
Bright 6535K
Vivid 6230K
Cinema 6230K
HDR 6260K
Silence 6350K

Color Accuracy and Gamut Volume. Following are the out of box measured Delta E errors for each color mode and the measured percentage of the Rec.709, DCI-P3, and Rec.2020 color spaces. Measurements were made with default settings in the Normal power mode. Bright, Cinema, and Silence modes were tested against Rec.709 color targets. Vivid and HDR modes were tested against DCI-P3 color targets within a Rec.2020 envelope.

BenQ HT9060 Color Accuracy & Gamut Volumes

MODE Color Accuracy
(Avg. Delta E)
Bright 10.5 101 69 46
Vivid 5.4 169 113 73
Cinema 5.0 96 64 44
HDR 3.2 149 100 68
Silence 8.3 138 93 63

Input Lag. The HT9060's fastest tested lag time with a full-resolution UHD signal, using a Bodnar 4K lag meter, was 58.5 ms as measured in the Bright picture mode. This is too slow for most serious gamers but is not much slower than the lag time found in many UHD TVs and should be acceptable for casual gaming. We were not able to measure lag for 1080p signals.

In the Advanced menu the HT9060 includes Color Enhancer, Flesh Tone, and Pixel Enhancer 4K controls, plus both digital color transient improvement (DCTI) and digital luminance transient improvement (DLTI) controls. I recommend keeping both of these last two settings turned ON to improve color gradations and details in high-action movies and games, and for most movies, setting the Pixel Enhancer 4K control to 3 or below to minimize sharpening artifacts.

BenQ HT9060 Connections

BenQ HT9060 Conections

Standing behind the projector set on a table, all connectors and the power cord input are on the left side panel. All air intakes are on the back, with air vents located in the front on both sides of the centered zoom lens. Horizontal and vertical lens shift knobs are on the top, while zoom and focus controls are on the lens. The Kensington lock slot is located to the bottom right of the input panel, and there's no security bar.

• (1) VGA IN: D-Sub 15-pin (female)
• (1) HDMI 2.0b/HDCP 2.2
• (1) HDMI 1.4a/HDCP 1.1
• (1) USB Mini-B (firmware and diagnostic)
• (1) Ethernet RJ-45 (network)
• (2) 12V trigger out (0.5A)
• (1) RS-232C serial (9 pin)
• (2) IR receiver (3.5 mm)

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Comments (3) Post a Comment
Brandon Posted Oct 4, 2019 2:21 PM PST
Thanks for the informative review! I have a question if you have the time. Is the BenQ HT9060 unique in it's displaying a 1080p image for both left and right channels in 3d? I am wondering what other pj's do this. Do all current full-hd pj's do this, or only 4k pj's or just a select few? I have an ht3050 btw.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Oct 6, 2019 12:17 PM PST
Brandon, 4K/UHD resolution projectors have the ability to simultaneously provide full HD 1080p to each eye.
Mike Posted Oct 9, 2019 10:19 AM PST
Nice to see the return of ANSI contrast ratio measurements at Projector Central. I think this spec rather than "full on / full off" does a much better job of quantifying the interframe contrast or how much punch the image has. Hope all the projector reviews going forward feature this measurement. Nice review, thanks.

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