BenQ X12000 DLP 4K projector combines CinematicColor tech with Philips ColorSpark HLD LED light engine

posted on Monday, 30th January 2017 by Steve May

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BenQ has unveiled the X12000, a high-end 4K DLP projector, that uses a Philips ColorSpark HLD LED light engine and CinematicColor Technology said to accurately reproduce the DCI-P3 colour space. 

Philips ColorSpark HLD LED technology provides up to three times screen brightness by combining green light four times as bright as conventional green LEDs from a High Lumen Density phosphor module. Combined with high-brightness red and blue LEDs, it offers 2,200 lumens. 

“The meeting of two pinnacles of visual technology, X12000’s pioneering CinematicColor Technology harnesses the high output of ColorSpark HLD LED Technology to bring DCI-P3 colour quality into the home cinema,” enthused Conway Lee, President of BenQ Corp. “DCI-P3 is the colour standard of DLP digital cinema, derived from the same technology in use at all IMAX auditoriums worldwide.”

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BenQ suggests a single DMD DLP solution “preserves precise colour accuracy and image integrity and colour accuracy without artifacts caused by panel misalignment, especially critical for 4K pixels which are much finer than 1080p.” The X12000’s 4K optical system boasts 14 high-resolution elements, a true zoom system, and special low-dispersion lens coatings.

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The X12000 is designed from the outset as a home theatre proposition. It has front-facing ventilation and unobstructed ports with enough space to accommodate thick cables and HDMI / power cable locks. X12000 also offers horizontal/vertical lens shift and a 1.5X zoom. BenQ is also offering an anamorphic lens for specialised installations.

But what of HDR support you may ask? Well, the short answer is - not this time around. The X12000 doesn't support HDR10 (or Dolby Vision and HLG Hybrid Log-Gamma for that matter. The company has told Inside CI that an updated model with HDR support is scheduled for Q4 this year.

The X12000 is expected to retail for £5,249 (plus VAT).

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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