I remember the good old days when projectors would really excite me. Nowadays I feel that a lot of manufacturers have really let their game down. I also remember the Benq PE8720, what a machine! Amazing physical presence, big bold chassis backed up by a bigger and bolder picture. That was really the last time I remember being really impressed by a DLP projector.
Not too long ago I received a call from Andrew Lambkin @ Benq Australia telling me that had a new model ready for release and to be tested. He brought the W11000 over to our Auburn store. I was won over as soon as it was taken out of the box. This was a formidable piece of equipment, almost intimidating. The remote control and the control panel are amazingly solid. We powered it on and used the Xbox One with 4k UHD version of "The Revenant" movie. 1 word - WOW! I felt like I was taken back to the days of the Benq PE8720. Back to the days where build quality took precedence over trying please the market by reducing quality so one could compete with substandard brands and their pricing. Really, I cannot describe the picture in this blog, it wasn't a viewing it was an experience. Everything was film-like, skin tones, black levels, colour saturation. Andrew and I were amazed. I put 4 on order almost immediately.
I am glad Andrew introduced this amazing machine to us, he looked very proud as he introduced the flagship W11000 4K UHD THX reference-grade home theatre projector to us. It houses a big zoom and amazing horizontal and vertical lens shift capabilities, making it extremely flexible to fit into almost any environment. Additionally, the W11000 is painstakingly engineered, built, and individually calibrated to deliver precise Rec. 709 colour and performance for an authentic movie-going experience the way filmmakers intended. The best part is yet to come, this machine is the only 4k DLP projector on the market with THX 4k display certification.
Being in the industry one usually gets desensitised or even bored sometimes of new products or announcements. The W11000 and the W8000 from Benq are really impressive, really really impressive. It has renewed my vigour for projectors.