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BenQ Launching 4K THX Certified Home Cinema Projector

Does anyone like going to the movie theater anymore? The price of entry is high, the cost of snacks can be ridiculous, and there's always someone trying to ruin your enjoyment by using their smartphone or talking. We are also increasingly being offered tech that renders movie theaters pointless. Cheaper, large screen TVs, very capable surround sound systems, and a growing library of 4K content on disc or streamed.

BenQ is about to offer another reason to never visit a movie theater again in the form of a new 4K home cinema projector. The key selling point of this projector is the inclusion of THX HD Display certification, which requires everything from signal processor and color points, to white and black luminance, viewing angles, noise reduction, and even audio-video lip sync tests to be passed.

The BenQ HT8050 4K UHD projector will be the world's first to boast THX certification when it launches on February 24. It also offers 2,200 lumens of brightness, 8.3 million pixels, a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, support for 1.07 billion colors, and sports a native resolution of 3,840-by-2,160. BenQ guarantees a clear image size of between 95 and 180-inches, but the HT8050 can project up to a 300-inch image if you have the space to go that big.

BenQ HT8050 THX Certified Home Cinema Projector


As you'd expect for such a feature-rich and "world's first" home projector, it isn't cheap at $7,999. How many movie tickets and snacks would it take to recoup that money? And that $8K isn't the end of your expenditure.

This is just a projector so you'll need to hook it up to audio gear. Then there's the running costs. The HT8050 uses a Philips 240W lamp, which lasts between 3,000 and 6,000 hours depending on whether you use Normal, Eco, or SmartEco Lamp Mode. When switched on, the projector draws 353 Watts in Normal Mode and 290 Watts in Economy Mode, both of which are significantly higher than your typical HD and 4K TVs.

If you're serious about movie watching at home, then the BenQ HT8050 is going to be a tempting proposition even though you'll likely have little change from $10,000 for a complete setup. The price is sure to drop, though, and other manufacturers will launch competing projectors. A couple of years from now, watching movies on a 180-inch 4K screen with THX certification is sure to be a lot cheaper.

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