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BenQ W7500
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Street Price: n/a
3D: Full HD 3D
Weight: 14.8 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Color Wheel:6x speed
Color Wheel:6 segments
Lens:1.5x manual
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:2,000 Hrs
3,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$299.00
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, VGA In, HDMI 1.4a (x2), USB, RS232, 12-Volt Trigger
Video Formats:  480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/30, 1080p/50

The BenQ W7500 is BenQ's newest flagship home theater projector and the long-awaited successor to 2011's BenQ W7000. This 1080p DLP projector is built with home theater in mind and incorporates a number of significant upgrades that make it a worthy successor to the W7000. The projector's high light output makes it a great choice for those who want a really big screen, while its razor-sharp image, dynamic range, and accurate color can be appreciated in just about any setting. The W7500 has an MSRP of $2,799.

The Viewing Experience

The W7500 is BenQ's new flagship home theater projector, built for use in darkened spaces on medium-sized screens. We set up the W7500 on a rear shelf in our darkened theater space, connected it to our Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray player, killed the lights, and turned on the power. The image that sprang to life on the screen isn't too dissimilar from the one produced by the BenQ W7000, BenQ's previous flagship model released in late 2011.

The W7500 has a crystal clear, highly detailed image, and it really shows its full potential when you're watching a high-quality HD source. Clarity is one of the W7500's stronger features, and the projector easily holds its own against similarly-priced competition.

The W7500 produces quite a bit of light -- our test unit measured slightly over 1400 lumens in Cinema mode out of the box and over 1100 lumens after calibration. Black level is more than adequate for the display of film and video, though it is not the W7500's strongest suit. Good dynamic range gives the image some serious three-dimensional pop, especially in bright scenes. After a quick calibration, color on the W7500 is close to ideal, with strong saturation, high brightness, and a gamut that hews very closely to the Rec. 709 standard for HD.

By all the technical criteria, the W7500 produces a very good image. Once you've set up the projector and started watching a movie, though, the technical criteria go right out the window. The W7500 has a natural, life-like image, and the projector brings out every scrap of detail in the source material.

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Comments (13) Post a Comment
KentM Posted Mar 10, 2014 12:26 PM PST
On the W7000, ISF calibration through a hidden menu was an option. You didn't mention whether or not that hidden menu still exists in W7500 refresh. Does it still exist?

Thanks! :-)
M.Kamra Posted Mar 10, 2014 2:41 PM PST
BanQ manufectures very unattracting looking projectors . They should pay some attention on it
Vladimir Posted Mar 10, 2014 7:26 PM PST
Thanks a lot for review. Completely frustrated by the input lag.
Mike Posted Mar 14, 2014 10:15 AM PST
I'd like to see a comparison to the EPSON model that is the same price, any thoughts? I really like my DLP Sharp DT-500, but it's time to upgrade being only a 720p unit. The Sharp has a 5x color wheel that I do notice some rainbow effect from time to time, but I think the 6x should squash that.

When I purchased the Sharp, I found its image to be superior to the comparable LCD units.
Bill Livolsi Posted Mar 14, 2014 11:13 AM PST
Thanks for reading, everyone.

KentM - Still there, still hidden.

M.Kamra - I am sure that BenQ pays plenty of attention to their product design. Sorry to hear that you don't like it.

Vladimir - I can relate. Lag is a pain in the rear.

Mike - Which Epson model are you referring to? We did a shootout with the Epson Home Cinema 5030UB, which is about the same price; you can find it on the second to last page of this article.

If you see rainbows on a 5x speed color wheel, I'm not sure that a 6x speed wheel will solve all of your problems. I'm not personally familiar with the DT-500, but if it did not have all RGB color wheel segments, that could possibly be the source of your rainbow problems. I know I see more rainbows when a color wheel includes any CMYW segments.
Mike Posted Mar 14, 2014 12:20 PM PST
Sharp DT-500 has a 6 segement 5x color wheel,

The rainbow effect is what I would consider the most that is acceptable to me. I only notice it in certain scenes when looking left to right quickly. I wouldn't buy another PJ with a 4x wheel, 5x is a maybe but as long as the 6x is less than what I have now, I'm fine with that.

Was curious on the overall picture quality between the two. My room is light controlled 100%, dark walls and ceiling and a 120" screen in a 15x17 room.
iaw5 Posted Mar 14, 2014 9:05 PM PST
can you guys push the projector manufacturers to add a "very-eco" setting that lower light output, heat, and projector fan noise even further, while extending lamp life even longer? for a high light output projector, this should be a user choice...
Warren Posted Mar 16, 2014 5:17 PM PST
How did the 3D compare between the Epson and BenQ?
Tim T Posted Mar 19, 2014 4:19 AM PST
Very pleased with my new BenQ W7500!

I installed the W7500 using the BenQ CM00G2 Universal Ceiling Mount which I purchased for under $60. Super easy to mount and made alignment and physical adjustment very easy. I am using a 120” 16 X 9 Elite CineGrey 5D screen. Source video from my OPPO 103D Blu-ray player Results: The Picture was incredibly clean, sharp, detailed, crisp…. The lens / optics on this projector are obviously much better than average. Colors pop without being over saturated (the reason I stay with DLP projection). Black levels and dark shading detail was excellent and much better than I expected. 3D mode brightness levels were great! This is the one area I was concerned hearing that most projectors struggle with hitting the balance between 2D Picture quality and 3D picture quality and adequate brightness with the 3d glasses on. The BenQ W7500’s 3D is AWESOME!
Eugene Posted Aug 27, 2014 8:29 AM PST
How about the noise level? My current w1070 top mounted is very load....
nepa Posted Jan 26, 2015 1:55 AM PST
BenQ W7500 color wheel speed is 4x in cinema mode and 6x only in dynamic mode. This is official response from BenQ when I asked them about the speed of the color wheel.

"We claim color wheel speed can be reach to 6X but we have never claim it can reach 6X in EVERY MODE. If every mode can reach 6X, the noise will be much lauder than what customer can accept. Also the image performance might not accepted under all 6X condition. We can reach 6X CW speed in dynamic mode and this is for sure. We do not cheat the customer."

So keep that in mind when buying a new projector. I'm personally quite happy with my pj but that thing is a bit disappointing of course.
AngelOfTheAbyss Posted Apr 24, 2015 12:28 AM PST
By modifying the dynamic mode it's possible to get close to the cinema mode while using 6x color wheel speed. (I copied dynamic mode to user1 and changed user1.) Use the following settings:

Color Temperature = Cool (changes lamp waveform internally) Lamp Power = Economic Gamma Selection = 2.4 Brilliant Color = Off

The noise level is not affected by the color wheel speed but Brilliant Color does not work. I assume that's the reason BENQ uses 4x in cinema mode even though BC is the first thing you disable when watching film on a DLP...

I'm sensitive to rainbow effect, but the change from 4x to 6x removed it to a minimum (almost imperceptible).

I also noted flickering in brightness in some scenes (even on still frames) when playing Interstellar BD/24fps using 4x, but on 6x it's rock solid.

PS: It would be nice if BENQ added a "Pure Cinema" (6x) mode in a future FW where you manually can set the iris (but BC is permanently disabled)...
misterj Posted May 3, 2015 10:53 PM PST
Hello. I write from Spain. I have the W7500 for three months and I am very happy with it. But it has now emerged me a problem and I do not detect the HDMI 1 and HDMI 2 when connecting it gives me problems. I can not play 1080 / 24p and has been in RGB although YUV input source is because they do. Help. Before everything worked OK not know what could have happened. I made a reset but still the same. That I can do. Greetings.

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