BenQ MP 776ST Multimedia Projector
Short Throw: The throw distance of the MP776ST is measured in inches versus the usual projector throw distance that is measured in feet. I was able to display an image 80" wide (or 100" diagonal on a 4/3 aspect screen) with the projector only 47 inches away from the screen. This makes the MP776ST an idea fit for a ceiling mount installation where the screen is used actively, so that the presenter can stand at the screen without blocking the projected image. As with all short throw projectors, care is required in setting up the projector relative to the screen as the lens does not include the any zoom range to alter image size.
Full Featured input panel: The BenQ MP776ST includes an HDMI input, a VGA D-sub monitor input (and VGA monitor pass-through) plus S-video and composite inputs. DVI-A and Component video input is also supported over the VGA connector with proper breakout cables. Audio inputs to the MP776ST include analog RCA and 3.5mm connectors - a 3.5mm audio output is also provided. Audio input is also supported via the HDMI connector and can be enabled or disabled via the projector's menu. The MP776ST also supports remote connection and control of projector functions via a combination of LAN connection and a web browser or the Creston RoomView network service software. The MP776ST can also be controlled remotely via standard RS232 protocol.
Audio Capability: The BenQ MP776ST includes dual 5W speakers. While the audio capability of the MP776ST is not of audiophile grade, the projector is capable of above average levels of volume level and audio quality. While testing the MP776ST using a HDMI connection connected to a Blu-ray player, I was surprised at the volume the projector was able to produce when the film transitioned from a quite passage to an intense action scene. I would not want to watch an entire movie using the onboard speakers as the audio source; but this audio capability is above average for this class of product.
Presentation features: The BenQ MP776ST includes many features that make it a great fit for a presentation or teaching environment. The MP776ST includes an Auto Keystone feature, very useful if the projector is used in a non-fixed installation. It works quickly and does not require any fine-tuning for optimal image orientation. The MP776ST features multiple presets for use when a non-standard projection surface is used (such as a blackboard). The presets balance the projected image color with the display surface color to display the image as it would be if projected on a white screen. Additionally, the remote control contains a laser-pointer and dedicated buttons for a static image capture, a presentation timer and an auto setup feature. The MP776ST also includes hard and soft security features; a Kensington lock input is included on the rear face of the projector and there is also a password protection feature that requires the password to be entered when the projector is started before an image will be displayed.
3D Capability: The MP766ST has 3D capability. A commentary on setting up 3D display on the MP766ST using NVIDIA's 3D Vision system is posted in this separate article.
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