Meet BenQ’s New True 4K DLP Projector With Stunning Cinematic HDR Color
Stephan Jukic – January 30, 2017
BenQ doesn’t have quite the prestige in the 4K home theater projector market that Sony manages with its near monopoly on these rather specialized home entertainment devices but some of the products that BenQ has produced are definitely on the highly impressive side.
The company’s new X12000 DLP home theater projector is as fine an example of BenQ’s capacity for quality as anything we’ve yet seen and it definitely delivers the kinds of specs that a serious home theater buff could love.
Most importantly, the X12000 offers up cinematic 4K resolution and combines it with DCI-P3 wide color gamut of the kind that rivals or even outdoes the best and professional theater screen or HDR 4K TV can offer you. This is something the X12000 pulls off with a mix of technologies for LED luminance and DLP technology.
DLP stands for Digital Light Processing by the way and this technology essentially works by combining color wheels with specialized mirrors to throw a range of colors in a picture at a display surface for improved and much more cinematic color accuracy. The X12000 is the first consumer projector to combine this feature with 4K resolution according to BenQ. We should also note that Digital Light Processing is a 2015 Academy Award of Merit Oscar winning technology that is used in a majority of the world’s professional digital cinemas.
Also, the X12000’s 4K resolution is more or less the real thing, representing a genuine 8.3 million pixels onto the display surface through XPR pixel-switching technology without the use of upscaling or “e-shift” technologies like those found in man cheaper simulated 4K projectors from brands like Epson and JVC. This puts the X12000 much more firmly in competition with Sony’s better HDR projector models even though Sony’s models offer superior, fully native 4K resolution without resorting to pixel manipulation.
Then there are the X12000’s HLD LEDs, which kick out a hefty 2200 lumens of brightness in combination with the projectors beautiful 90%+ DCI-P3 color space coverage to deliver a picture quality which is not only vibrant but also wonderfully bright and as a result extremely rich in contrast quality. Just how much contrast quality? BenQ is specifying about 50,000:1 Dynamic contrast ratios and combines these with a high level of gamma control for particularly robust brightness all across a picture.
Moving along, the X12000 can project pictures to a surface that’s up to several meters away with a high level of brightness and contrast while also using a 14-element lens array and what the company calls “True Zoom” technology to maintain image quality and optimized zoom/focus on an automatic basis with minimal curvature, blur, or weakening of color and contrast in what’s being displayed. This is helped out by a 1.5X zoom for high levels of display sand room size flexibility.
BenQ hasn’t yet released specific availability details for the X12000 but we do know that it will retail for somewhere around $10,000, so no, you’re not going to be finding a cheaper alternative to most Sony native 4K projector models with this otherwise awesome-sounding piece of home theater technology.
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