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I have been following the threads on this projector (51A) along with 50 and BenQ 2550 and pondering on the value proposition of each of these PJs in relation to each other with due consideration towards their price.
Between the 50 &51A, the clear difference is Alexa, Frame Packed 3D and built in media player. I am trying to decide which of these would be the best bang for buck with respect to their value propositions in relation to their feature set. While the distinction seems to be very clear between the 51A and 50 due to the additional features, apart from the frame packed 3d, how useful is Alexa integration? Additionally, how useful would the built-in media player be?
We use Alexa in our house and its connected to our smart TV, however the most commands that we routinely use are "turn the TV on/off" and "raise / lower the volume". We find it easier to switch channels and inputs via the remote. This being a projector, I am not sure if we would use anything more than turning it "on or off". Besides, I would have to use a remote to control my other components so why not just use an "Activity Based" universal remote? Better yet, use a Harmony Hub (that is Alexa compatible) to use Alexa with a PJ if I must.
The built in media player sounds good, but will I be able to feed the audio to my receiver for the immersive sound? I see that there is "Audio Out" that could possibly be used to feed the audio signal to my receiver but it would require running an additional audio cable backwards to my receiver. If I use this projector mounted to my theater ceiling, its more likely that I will be feeding it signal via my AVR vs feeding my AVR sound via this PJ. If I do find myself needing such a feature wouldn't it be simpler to just connect a roku stick in the back of the PJ?
3D seems to be the only clear value proposition that would be useful to me - no arguing around that. But then, the BQ-2550 offers the same frame packed 3D at a lower price point. It doesn't have Alexa integration or a built in media player but then I don't think I would really ever use those.
On the other hand, UHD 50, without any frame packed 3D is competing on price with BenQ that offers 3D. Although I am willing to wait until 51A is out and available to see if there is any distinct performance advantage to the Optomas vs the BenQ, that all else being equal, BenQ may be the sweet spot of the features most need or use most. (Sorry, I know this is a 51A thread - but I am trying hard to understand its value proposition)
I would love to hear other's thoughts on this because I am certain that I am not alone in my thinking.
Last edited by starlights; 02-20-2018 at 07:20 AM.