No one ever said that 3D would come cheaply, and even BenQ
seems to be tacking quite the premium onto its fancy W7000. It's being hailed as the company's first 1080p HD home cinema projector, touting 2,000 lumens of brightness, a 50,000:1 contrast ratio, frame interpolation and support for all HDMI 1.4a 3D signal formats. It's also compliant to the native Rec. 709 color gamut, one of the highest HD video standards for professional-grade home projectors. For certification junkies, there's also an ISFccc badge, and the H+V lens shift technology provides up to 125 percent vertical and 40 percent horizontal lens shift adjustment with zero vertical offset. Interested consumers can pick one up later this quarter in North America for $3,999; catch the full press release after the break.
BenQ Launches its First Full-HD 3D Home Cinema Projector
New W7000 Features 2,000 ANSI Lumen Brightness, 50,000:1 Ultra-High Contrast Ratio, Frame Interpolation, and Native Rec. 709 Color Gamut
IRVINE, Calif. - Jan. 9, 2012 - BenQ America Corp. today introduced the company's first full-HD 3D home cinema projector, the W7000. Providing consumers with the ultimate in 3D home entertainment, the W7000 is the first projector in the world to be accredited with Full HD 3D Certification by TÜV Rheinland, one of the most trusted certification institutes in Europe.
Powered by DLP Link™, the W7000 delivers stunning 1080p 3D images to both of the viewer's eyes without the distraction of crosstalk. Consumers can enjoy brilliantly rendered 3D movies, live sports, and video games without the hassle of additional equipment. The W7000 provides 2,000 ANSI lumen high brightness, a 50,000:1 ultra-high contrast ratio with a dynamic iris, and support for all HDMI 1.4a 3D signal formats. BrilliantColor™ performance technology from Texas Instruments boosts midtone colors to heighten brightness levels, making images more precisely rendered than ever. In addition, the W7000 features VIDI™ lighting technology to deliver more lumens on screen than competing systems and normal lamps while increasing brightness by 15 percent for red and blue. The W7000 offers frame interpolation, providing noticeably smoother and more lifelike motion for action scenes by increasing the rate of frames per second and eliminating motion lag, distracting judders, and blurred shadows.
"The W7000 represents an exciting new chapter for us here at BenQ," said Lars Yoder, President at BenQ America Corp. "What really sets the projector apart is its ability to deliver a 'real 3D home cinema experience.' The W7000 allows consumers to enjoy 3D content with full-HD resolution in both eyes. There is no crosstalk and additional emitters and transmission devices are not required, just fully immersive 3D enjoyment."
The W7000 features the same full-HD-optimized optical system offered by all top-of-the-line home cinema projectors from BenQ, providing viewers with the highest level of clarity and sharpness in every full-HD image. For color precision that matches the human eye, the projector is compliant to the native Rec. 709 color gamut, one of the highest HD video standards for professional-grade home projectors. Featuring BenQ's unique color management system - including independent 3D color control, preset mode, and user mode adjustment - the W7000 gives viewers the freedom to fine-tune hues, contrast, brightness, color temperature, gamma, and white balance levels to match their individual 2D and 3D viewing preferences. The system is ISFccc-certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), which enables viewers to enjoy a perfectly calibrated picture along with two optimized modes - ISF Day and ISF Night - for an unparalleled viewing experience.
For flexible placement in the home, the W7000 offers a versatile 1.5:1 zoom range and 1.62 to 2.43 throw ratio. The projector's H+V lens shift technology provides up to 125 percent vertical and 40 percent horizontal lens shift adjustment with zero vertical offset. This allows the focal point of the lens to be adjusted in home theaters where center placement isn't possible. Also, Panamorph™ lens compatibility allows viewers to show 2.35:1 aspect-format video - such as major studio movies - in its original widescreen format at maximum resolution with no image distortion or letterboxing.
The W7000 will be available for the North American market in Q1 2012 at an MSRP of $3,999. The unit will make its debut at the 2012 International CES Jan. 10-13, in Hilton Suite 28-105.
More information on the W7000 and the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.com.