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BenQ SH910 Conference Room Projector

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3000:1 Contrast Ratio
4000 Lumens
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It is game 7 of the World Series or maybe the final round of the Masters, and you have your buddies over for some grilled goodies and a big game experience. What are you going to do? Put them in front of some 50" flat screen TV? No . . . you are going to dazzle them with a 120" screen that makes them feel like they are on the field or inside the ropes. It's Sunday afternoon, and the sun is lighting up your living room even with the shades drawn, but your new BenQ SH910 is more than up to the task.

With a 4,000-lumen brightness rating, this DLP projector puts up a stunning 1920x1080 image that shrugs off ambient light. It may be too bright for darkened home theater rooms, but when it comes to daytime viewing in sun-splashed rooms, the SH910 performs beautifully. As expected, shadow details can be compromised by high ambient light, but the high brightness from the SH910 makes for effective contrast and good highlight definition. To top things off, this powerhouse has a street price of $1,799 and weighs only 7.9 pounds which makes it easy to transport.

Setup options are a bit limited since there is no lens shift capability, but the SH910's 1.5:1 zoom lens gives you some flexibility in terms of distance from the screen. For a 120" diagonal, the bottom of the image is 20" above the centerline of the lens, so a coffee table placement works just fine. The audio output at 20 watts is designed for large gatherings, and the speakers are rock solid with no buzz or rattle. The SH910 may not be designed for the subtleties of home theater, but it surely delivers home entertainment in the living room at midday.

In its other primary application, the SH910 is an excellent choice for medium-sized venues where high quality, bright images are called for. Examples that come to mind are sports bars, photo clubs, and churches. If you can get past the mounting limitations, the SH910 has the horsepower to put up striking images with plenty of audio impact for audiences of 50-100.

The Viewing Experience

When you first power up the SH910, you will notice that the fan noise is surprisingly low for such a bright projector. With lamps of this wattage, a lot of warm air has to be exhausted from the case. BenQ has allocated large sections of both sides of the projector for air venting, and the result is a lower fan speed and less noise. If you can use Eco mode which only lowers brightness by about 22%, fan noise can be reduced to a whisper.

The optics package for the SH910 is well designed. Both zoom and focus controls have a smooth but firm feel that allows precise adjustment without overshoot. Edge-to-edge focus is excellent, and there are no obvious hot spots in the image. Keystone correction can be set automatically or manually from either the remote control or the on-screen menu. All in all, the SH910 has a solid optical design that is notable for its lack of visual distractions.

It is a shame that the SH910 cannot find a place in the home theater arena, but it is simply too bright for comfortable viewing in darkened rooms. Even in Eco mode with full zoom, the lowest preset (Cinema) puts out over 1,500 lumens which is uncomfortably bright in a small, darkened room. Still, the home theater enthusiast's loss is the home entertainer's gain, and in large rooms, the SH910 will definitely impress your audience with bright HD images even in tough projection conditions.

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Andrew Posted Nov 4, 2013 2:50 PM PST
I used your site in the past when I first built my HT room. I have found your advice to be bang on. I have been running a Sanyo with 3500 lumen output and it has been a tank with virtually no issues. It's too bad that Panasonic took them out. I have a 14 foot wide Firehawk screen and full darkening capability in the room. Since everything has now gone HD I would like to look at uprading to HD and I'm having trouble finding something slightly brighter. Is the brightness issue the only reason you don't recommend this as a HT projector. This fits my room perfectly if it is.

Thanks Andrew

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