Originally Posted by tonybradley
Not really, and I disagree. For 2x the cost of a 2050a, many think that EVERY aspect should have been improved on. If the Contrast and Blacks are not quite as good or about the same as the 2050a, many folks like myself have now seconded guessed ourselves over this projector. We aren't so blind to think this will compete with a $5K Projector. We do however, hope that the Blacks and Contrast are much better than a PJ half the cost.
We are waiting on sage who is going to provide direct comparison between the 2050a and 3550.
I just got the HT3550 back from BenQ so look forward to my comparison in the days ahead. In the meantime I feel compelled to make a couple of observations here about the posts I’m seeing. Couple of things:
1. 4K is more expensive than HD. This seems like an obvious thing to point out but it seems to be something that is often overlooked especially with how many affordable 4K projectors have been released in the last year. Simply put: despite how fast prices have fallen, 4K still demands a substantial premium over HD. I want to draw a comparison here. Pay special attention to the price difference as well as the contrast measurements.
Sony 45ES 1080p projector: $2000, FOFO contrast 5650:1
Sony 295ES 4K projector: $5000, FOFO contrast 4500:1 (HD), 5776:1 (UHD).
2. Contrast costs money. Again, I feel like this is an obvious thing to point out but it bears repeating. With one or two notable exceptions, none of the projectors retailing for under $3000 can be classified as ‘ultra high contrast’. In addition, DLP has never been known for producing the kind of contrast and blacks that the average LCOS can achieve. And that’s OK as DLP has it’s own strengths the least of which is cost.
The HT2050A has very good native contrast. It’s one of the major reasons why it keeps ending up as a top choice for many critics. You know what else has good native contrast? The Epson 4010. Let’s draw another comparison:
BenQ HT2050A ($750): 1355:1 native
Epson 4010 ($2000): 1258:1 native
3. Specs don’t tell the whole story. Specs are important. They give us a way to measure a product’s performance as well as a metric for comparison. But it’s often not easy to boil down a product to one or two measurements and call it a day. If you’re looking at contrast it’s important to note which contrast spec are you measuring? Native, FOFO, ANSI, or dynamic? And when quoting contrast are you also referencing black level? How about a display’s ability to render near black? For that matter are you considering color volume? After all, contrast isn’t just about the difference between black and white. https://referencehometheater.com/201...tanding-means/
I wanted to give everyone a little bit to think about and maybe a little perspective. Personally, having experienced the HT3550 first hand, I think the level of performance is outstanding at it’s price. I’m not going to recite my review in full here but there isn’t anything at this price point that can compete with what the BenQ is offering right now. To even match the color capabilities of this display requires spending at least $500 more. No other 4K DLP under $3k is even offering an iris. BenQ’s HDR PRO tone mapping might just end up being the current reference. In short, the HT3550 is a superb value for the money. Does that mean it’s absolutely the right projector for you? Of course not. Not everyone even wants a 4K projector to begin with. If you don’t have access to a lot of 4K content or don’t plan to upgrade to 4K then maybe the Ht3550 isn’t worth it to you. There’s a reason BenQ still sells a large lineup of excellent 1080p projectors.