I’ve just received BenQ’s new HT2050A 3D DLP Projector for review. This compact DLP features Texas Instruments’ DarkChip3 DMD device in a single-chip configuration with a 240w UHP lamp.

BenQ HT2050A 3D DLP Projector

Contrast looks better than many other DLPs I’ve seen and one chip means no convergence issues to spoil the image. This is a 1080p model with 96% claimed coverage of the Rec.709 color gamut and 2200 lumens output. It should be ideal for small to medium home theaters and has enough brightness to compete with some ambient light. 3D fans will be able to enjoy their library as well with the addition of inexpensive DLP-Link glasses.

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I’ve already set up the HT2050A and taken a few preliminary measurements. It looks like very little adjustment will be required in the Cinema picture mode. The lens is a medium-throw design able to project a 100” diagonal image from just over eight feet away. In addition to zoom and focus barrel adjusters, a small dial delivers 10% vertical lens shift. That’s something I’ve not seen in such an inexpensive projector. Did I mention it sells for just $749?

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DLP always delivers a sharp picture without the need for an expensive high-end lens. This one looks fantastic and is only bettered by the Ultra HD HT2550 I reviewed recently. Color saturation is quite good and I’m impressed by the sound coming from its integrated 10-watt speaker. It’s tuned with something BenQ calls CineMaster Audio+ 2 and I have to say, it blows away anything I’ve heard from previous projectors. I’ll be finishing up the full article in the next couple of weeks. Look for my test results and comments here soon!

BenQ HT2050A 3D DLP Projector Inputs