Just received my refurb HK2299 from BuyDig yesterday. ($859 with a real 2 year warranty!)
Unfortunately, there's a small batch of dead pixels in the upper-third of the screen, but I've already contacted them to do a return. BuyDig is one of my favorite vendors and I've been doing business with them for almost a decade and have every confidence they'll take care of me.
I did spend about 4 hours watching a mix of stuff from different sources and came away VERY impressed. I used our bar table in the back of the room as I'm not ready to perma-mount this thing until I have a 100% working unit. The lens shift was a godsend as I was able to get about 90% coverage on the screen, even though the bar table is above the bottom edge. Coming from short throw PJs with limited to no zoom, having such a wide zoom range and
lens shift is going to make mounting so much easier!
PS4 and Chromecast Ultra
Denon AVR-X3500 connected to the Vivitek with a RUIPRO-US 10 meter HDMI
Once I setup "allow enhanced HDMI on the Denon" and rebooted the PS4 I had no issues with any 4k HDR content. When launching the Netflix or YouTube apps from the PS4 there was about a 4 second black out followed by a weird little color adjustment, but then HDR came through fine.
I used the settings from Aztar35 and they seem quite good. I might toy around a bit more when I get the replacement unit, but the color menu is a total nightmare. I thought people were being babies about it, but my thumb actually ached
after finishing all the settings! Ridiculous Vivitek!
Played a few HDR games and watched Netflix, PLEX, and YouTube.
For reference, I own a Sony 55" Sony X900E television that is not too shabby and my current PJ is a BenQ 2150ST, considered one of the best budget 1080p PJs around. My converted garage is pretty well controlled for light, but I was doing all this testing at night. I have 6 recessed Hue lights in the ceiling, I turn off all but the two in the back which are at about 5% so I can go grab a beer without tripping over my dog.
Games: Threw on Horizon: Zero Dawn
which I consider to be the most beautiful game ever made. Went with 4K HDR mode and it was incredibly immersive. I even disable motion blur to see how the Vivitek handled the frenetic action and it didn't falter once. Next up was DIRT Rally 2.0
. This game is quite pretty and by its nature you're moving very fast and constantly spinning out. Everything looked great and again the motion was super clean.
Netflix: Watching Blue Planet II
on Netflix (the "Coral Reef
" episode) I almost fell off of my couch. The cuttlefish "hypnotic" portion at the beginning was overwhelming on my 120" SilverTicket screen. The colors and brightness were incredible, but the motion handling was the real star to me. Super smooth, no lag or jaggy quality with panning shots. I then threw on Triple Frontier
, an exceedingly stupid, but nevertheless very pretty 4K HDR film. The opening scene with police raid was rendered very nicely. A lot of big explosions, quick action, and dark scenes. It was perhaps a bit "dark", but I think my eyes were still recovering from Blue Planet II
as much as anything, and even on my X900E I thought the movie was poorly lit in quite a few scenes.
and I was again shocked at the quality. The black levels were (IMO) incredible for a DLP projector, and the contrast is just bananas. I followed up with
video of gasoline being thrown at a glass pane in super slo mo. Again, I was in awe.
Plex: Watching a 12GB 1080p H264 copy of Spiderman : Far From Home
I was very impressed with the detail that the upscaling can achieve. Again, the 2150ST is no slouch in any particular area, but the sharpness of the 2299 was very noticeable without feeling "fake". I then pulled up a 3.4GB 1080p X265 copy of The 3 Amigos
. Again, even though this is a lower quality copy than Spiderman, the Vivtek did a very nice job adding extra detail.
- In "Boost" mode it is pretty loud. I don't think I'll be using this mode a ton as default is plenty bright for me. Honestly found boost to be too bright with full light control. Especially with HDR.
- It's massive. I get that's part of why it's so good, but coming from more budget PJs this thing looks absurd
- The remote is "mushy". It's fine for turning it on and off, but for any calibration stuff it just sucks. Hopefully I won't have to use it much after initial setup.
- No lens cap. This should be illegal.
- Lens shift wheel feels very fragile and I was afraid I would break it. Focus and zoom are fine, but still feel unpolished compared to my previous budget BenQs.
That's pretty much it. For the current refurb street price of $850 - 1000 with a 2 year warranty I can't imagine a better deal for a 4k PJ.