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Golf Simulator Projectors: Epson EB-PU1006W vs BenQ Laser Projectors

  • BenQ
  • 2021-11-08
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How does the Epson EB-PU1006W laser projector compare to the alternative BenQ Laser projectors for golf simulators?

Is the Epson EB-PU1006W with its 4K Enhancement the same as BenQ’s true 4K UHD projector when you are looking for a golf simulator projector?

 

If you are looking for a projector that is bright enough to fill a 12-foot wide screen for your golf simulator, the Epson EB-PU1006W is a high brightness projector that is often considered next to the popular BenQ golf simulator laser projectors that they have seen on YouTube.  So how does the Epson with “4K Enhancement” and 6000 lumens compare to the BenQ alternatives? 

 

·         How does the Epson compare in resolution

·         How color-accurate is the Epson EB-PU1006W compared to the BenQ models

·         Where can the projector be safely mounted

·         How much does the projector cost

Resolution: Epson 4K Enhancement vs. BenQ True 4K UHD

The resolution of a display is typically the most important specification for most buyers.  Most movies, television, and golf simulation software uses the industry standard 4K UHD specification that generates over 8 million pixels to ensure that you can see every detail.  BenQ is the only brand that offers a true 4K projector that meets the demanding standard of 8.3 million pixels on the screen. 

 

While the Epson markets “4K Enhancement” the description comes with a small footnote that explains that the projector only produces about half the pixels needed for a true 4K projector, but can accept a 4K signal.  So if you are looking for the same resolution as your 4K TV – the BenQ is the only choice.

Color Accuracy at High Brightness levels

For a realistic experience with a high-end simulator such as the GC Quad, you need accurate color on your projector.  While nearly every home theater projector specifies its color accuracy to the HDTV standard Rec. 709, a typical commercial high brightness projector color accuracy can vary dramatically from one model to another.

 

The BenQ laser projectors are the only high brightness projectors that specify Rec. 709 HDTV color accuracy at high brightness levels - ensuring that Sawgrass looks like… Sawgrass.   The BenQ projectors also have support for HDR, which makes big difference if you use your simulation area to watch movies.  The Epson Pro L1060UNL does not have any color accuracy specifications on this model.

Where can the projector be mounted?

For DIY’s and installers looking to install a golf simulator theaters or SimTheater, one major question is where the projector can be mounted.  BenQ projectors come with either a short-throw or a standard throw lens that have advanced corrections such as optical lens shift, keystone correction, corner fit, and digital adjustments that make it easy for you to align the picture – even if your projector is off-center. 

 

The Epson Pro 1060U also has lens shift and keystone but does not come with a lens, so you have to purchase the right lens for your mounting position at an extra cost.

Other Differences between the Epson and BenQ laser projectors

According to Futuresource, BenQ has been making laser projectors much longer than Epson, so are there any other substantial differences that you should consider?   Here are a few to think about:

Imaging Technology and Color shifting

Lasers produce a massive amount of heat on the projector’s imaging device – and some brands like Sanyo, Hitachi, and Maxell have left the projector market despite their market leadership in lamp-based projectors. Many non-DLP technologies have struggled with the projector losing color accuracy over time, the latest instance being when the projector industry was rocked by Sony discontinuing its high brightness liquid crystal on silicon laser-powered cinema projectors due to losing color over time. 

By contrast, BenQ uses only DLP imaging technology – which has been used for over a decade in laser-powered commercial cinema projectors without any color fading or shifting issues.  Each BenQ laser projector has a 100,000 warranty on the DLP chip.  

Certified IP5X Dustproof design vs. Filters

One concern BenQ engineers have is that a laser can vaporize a dust particle inside a projector, and this “molten goo” can end up on critical components over time, and reduce the life span of the projector. After trying many different options (including filters), BenQ created the first completely dustproof laser projector. 

All models of BenQ laser projectors are tested under the same rugged IP5X dust test that is used on other products such as the Apple Watch.  The Epson 1060U uses traditional filters that need to be cleaned and do not have any dust testing certifications.

Single-Chip Design for sharp images throughout the life of the projector

With 8.3 million pixels, making sure each pixel is sharp is an important part of the overall immersive effect of a true 4K projector. The BenQ projectors use a single chip design, which means that you will never have a misaligned image that creates a blurry pixel, which was a key goal in Texas Instruments' development of the technology. 

The Epson projector requires that all three panels be perfectly aligned for the best picture, and the manual has a 20+ step process to adjust the LCD panels if they become misaligned.

How much do Epson and BenQ laser projectors cost?

The Epson projector is the most expensive model due to the fact that it doesn’t come with a lens. While this allows for more flexible placement, most lenses for this model cost around $2500 – putting the typical street price over $9000. 

 

The BenQ laser projectors have lower lumens specifications than the Epson, but have better color accuracy, including a lens, have a certified dustproof design, and offer true 4K resolution models that have nearly twice as many pixels. Here is a breakdown of the cost of the best BenQ laser alternatives to the Epson EB-PU1006W.

 

Epson EB-PU1006W

BenQ LU935ST

BenQ LK952

BenQ LK936ST

Resolution

WUXGA with Enhancement

WUXGA

4K UHD

4K UHD

Brightness

6000 lumens

5500 lumens

5000 lumens

5100 lumens

# of Pixels

~ 4.6 million

~ 2.4 million

~8.3 million

~8.3 million

Color Accuracy

Not specified

92% Rec. 709

92% Rec. 709

92% Rec. 709

Certified Dust Proof

No – requires filters & cleaning

Yes

Yes

Yes

Lens Type

Not included

Short Throw

Regular Throw

Short Throw

Single-Chip  Design

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Estimated Price Projector

$7000

$3999

$4999

$5499

Estimated Lens Price

$2500

Included

Included

Included

Estimated Total

$9500

$3999

$4999

$5499

Want to Talk to A Golf Simulation Projector Expert?

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