Originally Posted by vombat
(but much dimmer too, with WCG filter on)
Comments like this hurt my soul.
Mostly because, with how much grief BenQ has received over it’s inclusion, I don’t see many manufacturers offering this going forward. Why spend the money to engineer and include a feature that people are only going to complain about?
The wide color modes cut lumens by a substantial amount. That’s the bad. The good is: depending on your room/screen the loss in lumens may not be a big deal and you’ll be able to take advantage of increased color space as well as better blacks. For sure: not everyone will be able to take advantage of the wide color modes. If you have a monster screen or grey screen or a challenging room then this feature will likely not be of use to you. But here’s the thing: you don’t HAVE to use it!
I have an OK room— definitely not a theater— and a 100” 1.1 gain white screen. For movie nights I typically run he projector in the wide color mode with the bulb on ECO and the iris in Low. Typically I leave HDR brightness at 0 but, depending on the film, I might bump it up to +1. I have just over 100 hrs on the lamp so far so, as it ages, I may need to eventually bump up to normal (and put up with the fan noise).
Over the last few years the average lumen output of projectors has steadily and reliably increased. That’s a GREAT trend. But here’s the thing: you don’t always need that many lumens. In a dark room with decent light control you may find the added color space and deeper blacks a big advantage. For years I ran my Ht2050 in eco despite forum members roasting me for not using the contrast improving smart eco— the issue was smart eco was too damn bright for my ‘small’ screen and basement room. For me, the wide color mode is awesome because I finally have a way to scrub lumens without losing contrast— in fact I GAIN contrast.
To give you some examples of the improvement in contrast/color the wide color mode represents, here are some side by side shots I took of the HT3550 alongside the HT2050A in my comparison review:
Pictures are tough. While I can mostly control what that the camera is taking pics that are representative of what my eye is seeing— I can’t control your display or how YOU perceive the images. Still, this is a good representation of the advantages I find using the wide color modes.
I would challenge owners to give the wide color feature a shot. Just don’t set yourself up for failure— don’t switch in the middle of a film when your eyes have already grown accustomed to the brighter output. Your eyes and ears will always perceive the brighter/louder thing to be better. That’s how Bose sold speakers for years!
try it with a movie you know from start to finish. Maybe bump the HDR brightness to +1 but then leave the settings alone until the movie is over. See if you feel the differences are worthwhile.