One of the most challenging aspects to creating your own golf simulator is picking out the best projector for a home golf simulator This gets even more difficult if you decide to go with a projector.

The sheer number of projectors on the market mixed with all the features makes in nearly impossible for someone who doesn’t have a degree in astrophysics to figure out.

So like most people, I started down the rabbit hole of Google to find my answers, and the one thing you immediately notice is.. You can’t search for a golf simulator projector without coming up with results for the BenQ TH671ST.

But is the TH671ST the best projector for a home golf simulator?

To answer this question we first need to understand what makes a good golf simulator projector

SHORT THROW

This feature is especially important when making golf simulator as the ideal mounting location for your projector will be approximately over your head. This allows you to talk full golf swings with zero worry of ever making contact with the project.

The BenQ TH671ST (ST stand for short throw in the model name) comes in with a .69~.83 throw ratio. Meaning it can project an image as large as 10 feet wide at just 5 feet from the screen. This unit also has a 1.2x zoom ratio allowing users to hone in on the exact screen size that is right for them.

Brightness

Lumens is measurement of brightness a projector is able to create. One common downfall to projectors is their ability to have their picture washed-out by ambient light. Meaning if the room that you are playing in isn’t completely free of light, you will begin to see a degrading quality in your picture quality.

Lumens comparison
Comparison of screen brightness at different Lumen ratings. Courtesy of https://www.outdoormoviehq.com/how-many-lumens-do-i-need-projector/

To combat this, a projector needs a high lumen rating. BenQ advertises a 3,000 lumens rating on the TH671ST. This is a respectable number given that BenQ is not one of the companies known to artificially inflate their lumens numbers. More on this in a later article.

What other consideration for best projector home for a golf simulator?

Picture Quality / Response Time:

Don’t judge the TH671ST by it’s size. This small form factor projector touts a feature set much heftier than it size (6lbs) and price would imply. Coming in at a modest MSRP of $699, the TH671ST comes standard with native 1080p resolution, 16.4 ns input lag, and screen size up to 300″. Topping the spec sheet off with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the TH671ST has no shortage of feature to make an immersive golf simulator experience.

Build Quality & Warranty:

The last major category I will hit on is build quality. As a connoisseur of electronic equipment myself, I know first hand the value of a good build quality. You can have two products side by side, both advertising the same specification while one is somehow 20% cheaper. How can this be?

BenQ TH671ST rear inputs for the best projector for a golf simulator
Available inputs on TH671ST

The truth is many companies cut corners to save money. Whether that be cheap capacitors, cheap lamps, etc. This cost savings is then used as ploy to get people to buy their products. Now I am not saying this is the case 100% of the time. However, in my experience, more often then not you get what you pay for.

The BenQ TH671ST feels solid when you handle it. Scientific I know… regardless it is true. In addition, it is made by a company who has been known for years as an industry leader in the gaming electronics sector, and I have some added confidence. Lastly, the TH671ST comes with 3 year warranty (1 year for lamp).

Why doesn’t everyone own one?

The BenQ TH671ST outperforms just about everything in its class and price range, but that doesn’t mean that it is without fault.

First, we have the remote. We found it strange that a projector at this price range would not have dedicated buttons for each of its inputs. Instead, BenQ decided to include just a single source button that is used to flip through like you are channel surfer cable TV.

Second, if you are not using the TH671ST on the ground or from the ceiling there is limited adjustments. For most golf simulator setups this will not be an issue. But if you are planning to have your project be multi-purpose, this limited adjustments could be an issue.

BenQ TH671ST Features

  • Speaker: 5W x 1
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Light Source Wattage: 240W
  • Light Source Life:
    • Normal 4,000 hours
    • Economic 10,000 hours
    • SmartEco 10,000 hours
    • Lampsave: 15,000 hours
  • Keystone Adjustment: 1D, Vertical +/- 40 degrees
  • Image Size: 30″-300″
  • Interface
    • PC (D-Sub) 1
    • Monitor Out (D-Sub)1
    • HDMI 2
    • USB Type A 1 (POWER ONLY)
    • USB type mini B (Servbice
    • Audio in 3.5mm Mini Jack 1
    • Audio out 3.5mm Mini Jack 1
    • IR receiver 2 (Front & Top)
  • HD TV Compatibility: 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

So is the the TH671ST the best projector for a home golf simulator?

Final Words

In our time with BenQ TH671ST it was hard to not come away impressed with ratio of features to value. From impressive image quality and low response time, to the 1.2x zoom the TH671ST offers a plethora of features that make it perfect to use in your indoor golf simulator. Furthermore, it comes in at a price that is nearly unbeatable for the price and quality of the projector. It is easy to see why it quickly became the go-to for so many people and their home simulators.

Though it does have some shortfalls with the remote and vertical adjustment, the BenQ TH671ST easily establishes it itself as a Tier 1 option in golf simulator projectors.

About The Author

With more than 20 years of experience in the golfing industry, I recently found a passion for helping others create their own at home golf simulators. If you have any questions at all please reach out to me at golfsimulatorhq@gmail.com

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