The BenQ HT6050 High-End DLP Projector With Optional Lenses

The BenQ HT6050 DLP Projector Isn't For Everyone - But Is It Right For You?

BenQ HT6050 DLP Video Projector - Shown With Standard Lens
BenQ HT6050 DLP Video Projector - Shown With Standard Lens. Images provided by BenQ

Although there are a lot of budget-priced video projectors available these days that are perfectly acceptable for portable or general use, just as with TVs, there are also mid-priced LCD and DLP-based video projectors that provide performance more suitable for a home theater setup.

However, there are also high-end projectors that provide even more features and precise performance desired by users that are looking for a video projector that is more suited for dedicated, custom installed, high-end home theater setups.

With that in mind, BenQ has stepped up to the plate with an interesting entry in the high-end video projector space.

Introducing BenQ's Flagship HT6050

To start, the BenQ HT6050 is definitely no lightweight, coming in at about 20 pounds, and measuring approximately 17-inches wide, 7-inches high, and almost 13-inches deep, it is definitely not designed for convenient portability, bucking the trend of many mainstream projectors available these days.

DLP Technology

To project images onto a screen, the BenQ HT6050 incorporates DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology, which is used in many inexpensive and mid-priced video projectors.

In brief, the version of DLP used in the HT6050 consists of a lamp that sends light through a spinning color wheel, which, in turn, bounces off of a single chip that has millions of rapidly tilting mirrors. The reflected light patterns then pass through a spinning color wheel, through the lens, and onto the screen.

In the case of the HT6050, the color wheel is divided into six segments (RGB/RGB) and spins at 4x speed (with 60hz power systems such as the U.S. - 6x speed for 50Hz power systems). What this means is that the color wheel completes 4 or 6 rotations for each frame of displayed video. The faster the color wheel speed, the more precise the color and lessening of the "rainbow effect" which is an inherent characteristic of DLP projectors.

An additional tweak implemented by BenQ to ensure the maximum amount of light and purest color reaches the screen, the HT6050's internal cabinet is painted black and tightly sealed to prevent external light from leaking in and internal light from leaking out.

Core Features

In addition to the technology used to create and display images on a screen, the core features of the HT6050 include 1080p display resolution (in either 2D or 3D - glasses require extra purchase), a maximum of 2,000 ANSI lumens white light output (color light output is less, but more than sufficient), and a 50,000:1 contrast ratio. Lamp life is rated at 2,500 hours in normal mode, and up to 6,000 hours in Smart ECO mode.

For added color support, BenQ incorporates its Colorific Cinematic video processing, which meets the Rec. 709 color range standard for high-definition video display. There is also an emphasis on flesh tone enhancement and uniformity of color and contrast over the entire screen surface so that the edges of the screen are just as bright and color consistent as the center (brightness uniformity is a common problem on inexpensive video projectors).

Along with light and color, the HT6050 also features frame-interpolation based motion enhancement (new frames are created combining elements from two adjacent frames) for smoother fast moving images.

Setup Tools

The HT6050 has a center-mounted lens design. However, a lens is not included. There are a total of five lenses available for the HT6050. Lens selection is determined by the needs of your setup, in consultation with a dealer/installer. More on this later in this article.

Image size capability ranges from 46 to 290 inches. To display an image 100-inches in size, the projector-to-screen distance needs to be approximately 10 feet if using the optional Standard Zoom lens. The actual screen distance required for specific image sizes will vary, depending on the lens selected.

The HT6050 can be table or ceiling mounted and can be used in either front or rear projection configurations with compatible screens.

For a precise projector to screen image placement, vertical keystone correction settings of + or - 30 degrees are also provided, as well as horizontal and vertical optical lens shift (Find out how both Keystone Correction and Lens Shift work).

To further aid in setup, the HT6050 is ISF-certified which provides calibration tools for optimizing image quality for room environments that may contain some ambient light (ISF Day) and for rooms that are near-or-completely dark (ISF Night).

Connectivity

For connectivity, the HT6050 provides two HDMI inputs, and one each of the following: component, composite, and a VGA/PC Monitor input).

Also, one of the HDMI inputs is MHL-enabled. This allows connection of MHL-compatible devices, such as some smartphones, and tablets. In other words, with MHL, you can turn your projector into a media streamer, with the ability to access a multitude of streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and more.

Also, a standard HDMI input and USB power port are also provided for use with non-MHL-enabled streaming sticks, such as the Roku and  Amazon Fire TV Sticks, and Google Chromecast.

In addition, one final input option that is not built-in, but can be added, is wireless HDMI connectivity. This option includes an external transmitter/receiver kit that requires additional purchase - Wireless FHD Kit WDP01. Also, a second transmitter/receiver kit option, the WDP02 will be available by the end of 2016.

The addition of either the WDP01 and WDP02 definitely should be considered as it not only eliminates an unsightly HDMI cable run from your source devices to the projector (especially if the projector is ceiling mounted) but also increases the number of HDMI inputs - The WDP01 provides 2, while the WDP02 provides 4.

Also, with BenQ claiming a transmission range of up to 100 feet (line-of-sight), both wireless kits can be used in very large rooms.

Control Support

The HT6050 comes with onboard controls that are hidden under a flip-up door on the top of the projector, as well as standard remote control. However, the HT6050 also provides an RS232 port with allows integration into custom control systems, that may include the use of a physically connected PC/Laptop, or 3rd party control system.

The Bottom Line On Price, Availability, and More...

The BenQ HT6050 has an initial suggested price of $3,799.99. However, there is an additional catch that raises the cost of entry even higher  - That price does not include a lens. As mentioned previously in this report, there are five lens choices available which are dictated by how the projector is placed in your room - Each lens features all-glass internal optical construction.

Standard LS2SD - $599

Semi Long LS2LT1 - $999.

Wide Zoom LS2ST1 - $1,299.

Wide Fixed LS2ST3 - $1,599.

Long Zoom LS2LT2 - $1,599.

The BenQ HT6050 is available only through authorized BenQ professional product distributors, dealers, and installers. Remember - lens and screen choice also has to be made, either at the time of purchase or during the installation process.

Final Take

Considering its almost $4,000 price tag (without a lens) - The BenQ HT6050 is definitely not a projector for everyone, but for those that want to squeeze as much out of 1080p resolution and HD color standards as possible from a DLP projector, are also planning a custom-installed home theater system, and don't have specific budget constraints, the capabilities of the BenQ HT6050, and the availability of several lens options, enables the maximum placement and setup flexibility within a given room, making this projector a viable option for high-end users.

On the other hand, with Epson and JVC offering up enhanced-4K LCD-based projectors in nearly the same price range (with a lens included), it would nice to see enhanced 4K projectors using DLP technology from BenQ for home use.

Official BenQ HT6050 Product Page

UPDATE 09/14/2016: The BenQ HT6050 Officially Receives THX-Certification - A First For A Single Chip DLP Projector