Originally Posted by bud16415
Of course I understand there is no finish line. Just the question of when should you jump on the merry go round. It was exactly a year ago you put up the review of the HT2550 and much has improved in that year. That also debuted at around 1500 I believe.
My question I guess was do you see a year from now the next generation making up as much ground as in the previous year? I wonder if many of the people that bought the HT2550 will be upgrading to the HT3550?
As a late adopter I watched that projector also thinking maybe this year or next the 2550 might be a good 4k entry point. Looking at it now I’m leaning to the 3550 not the 2550.
Not only was the HT2550 a new product for BenQ it was the first product in an entirely new segment and the first to use an entirely new DMD from TI. Prior to 2018 everyone was still amazed that Epson could sell a 1080p x 2 pixel shifter for $2800. Optoma releasing a pair of 4K DLPs for less than than $2500 still seemed surreal. The fact that someone was about to release a 4K projector for less than $1500 seemed equally insane. It was pretty cutting edge for the time. Optoma was still months away from debuting the UHD50/UHD51a.
I stand by (both) of my reviews for that model. The HT2550 was and still is an affordable way to get 4K resolution with excellent color— rec 709 color but still excellent. I remember I got somewhat roasted for not being critical enough of that projector when it first debuted. Back then there weren’t a ton of reviews and the one everyone was talking about was Kraine’s where, frankly, he **** all over the thing. My experience was not the same as his. I did not have the lens issues he had, color hued very close to my reference display, I wasn’t as bothered by the light border (my front wall appeared darker than his) and I was honestly really impressed by the resolution and sharpness. I don’t consider myself a resolution snob but 4K makes a BIG difference on a big screen. On the down side I bemoaned the lack of lens shift and was disappointed by the lackluster contrast/blacks, my exact quote: “Contrast performance is a bit of a mixed bag as the HT2550 suffers from less than stellar black levels. In mixed scenes with a lot of bright highlights the high ANSI contrast of DLP produces an image with a lot of pop but in darker scenes blacks tend more towards grey and the image loses much of it's punch.”
Well, more reviews eventually debuted and it turns out the HT2550 didn’t cause cancer or give people diabetes. That’s the thing with reviews: they’re opinions and not everyone has the same opinions.
I’m not a professional calibrator but I am a knowledgeable and experienced enthusiast. I try to be helpful when I can and be a good member of the community. You and I are a lot alike in that we both value VALUE. Every time someone asks: “what projector?” and the first 4 replies are “buy a $4000 JVC” my eye starts to twitch. It’s great that there are really high end projectors out there that push the envelope of what is possible in terms of picture quality and contrast. This is the sub $3000 forum. I don’t honestly believe anyone shopping in this segment expects to get the Ferrari of projectors spending so little.
Getting back to the HT3550: yes, certainly, the HT3550 leaves the HT2550 in the dust. There is no getting around that. It’s a superior projector in every way. Could I have anticipated it? Maybe, but I didn’t. Maybe my expectations were too low but the HT3550 has exceeded them. I really didn’t see them making this much progress in just one year. Is it perfect? Heck no— I’ll get into that in my review. But is it a significant, noticeable, and comprehensive improvement over last years model? Definitely. Will it be rendered obsolete by next year’s model? No idea.