New BenQ Home Theater Projector Boosts Contrast to 60K:1
This sub-$3K projector includes features to appeal to enthusiasts and installers.
January 13, 2014 by Grant Clauser

If accurate color and the ability to tweak the image to perfection is something you look for in a home theater projector, especially an affordable one, then check out the latest BenQ projector.

The BenQ W7500 has a lot going for it for $2,500. The single-chip DLP engine delivers 1080p resolution (there’s still a dearth of 4K projectors) in both 2D and 3D.

Read our review of the BenQ W7000 Projector.

The system’s basic specifications include a 60,000: 1 contrast ratio and 2,000 ANSI lumen light output. The W7500 uses an all-glass lens system with 1.5 zoom ratio and both vertical and horizontal lens shift (controllable with a front-mounted joystick) for accurate installation. It’s also compatible with Panamorph lenses for CinemaScope-style theater screens.

For the videophile and home theater installer, the W7500 is ISFccc-certified, which means it includes the proper picture adjustments for a full video calibration. The projector’s color output is compliant to the native Rec. 709 standard of HDTV.

At CES I was told the projector will ship in around 60 days, which puts it in March, for an MSRP of $2,799. The actual selling price will probably be less, since it’s predecessor, the W7000, sold for about $2,000.

More great articles for your home theater project:
What Will Be Your Next Home Theater Projector?
9 Overlooked Home Theater Features
Common Home Theater Compromises
What to Expect During Your Home Theater or Tech Project

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Grant Clauser - Technology and Web Editor, Electronic House
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths. Follow him on Twitter @geclauser.

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