BenQ has announced the availability of its HT8060 and HT9060 CinePro 4K UHD HDR home cinema projectors for $7,999 and $8,999, respectively. The company says that the new light engine technologies – including CinematicColor and its latest DLP chipset – combine to make the products the industry’s first sub-$10K installation projectors to deliver actual 4K high dynamic range (HDR) with “authentic” cinematic reproduction.
“From start to finish, film producers and directors are invested in creating a beautiful and rich movie. Until now, golden-eye cinema enthusiasts couldn’t truly get that same experience in their home theaters without a hefty price tag,” said Bob Wudeck, senior director, business, education, and CinePro solutions at BenQ America Corp. “The CinePro Series breaks the mold by using the same cinematic technology and color space to recreate that awe-inspiring, true-to-life effect. These projectors are the industry’s first to bring together the best DLP 4K UHD chipset, DCI-P3 color-space accuracy and HDR support that’s unlike anything else available for under $10K.”
The CinePro Series HT8060 and HT9060 4K UHD HDR projectors are designed to recreate the cinema experience at home, and adopt a DLP chipset that’s used “…in almost every digital and IMAX theater.” BenQ says that the chip eliminates pixel shifting and blending, producing 8.3 million pixels for genuine 4K UHD performance. The THX-Certified HT8060 uses BenQ’s CinematicColor and Rec.709, which promises to deliver 100% coverage of the industry-acknowledged color gamut. BenQ provides a factory calibration report to ensure the projector is tested and adjusted for D65 color temperature, gamma, black level, white level, neutral gray, RGBCMY color tracking, hue, saturation, brightness and output from different interfaces based on ITU-R Rec. 709.
The HT9060 combines CinematicColor with the Philips ColorSpark HLD LED system to achieve the “super-wide” DCI-P3 color space, covering a greater visible spectrum than Rec. 709 and allowing three times the light output of current LED technology.
Both projectors are compatible with the optional Panamorph Paladin anamorphic lens, which delivers a 2.4:1 aspect ratio without letterboxing. BenQ’s CinePro Series projectors include horizontal and vertical lens shift, Imaging Science Foundation’s (ISF) ISFccc Certified Visual Calibration, and a 1.5X “big zoom” for a wide range of throw distances and placement options.
The projectors are now available at BenQDirect and authorized resellers including ADI, Projector Superstore, Projector People and SnapAV, and more information is available at https://www.benq.com/en-us/projector/cinepro-pro-cinema.html.