Originally Posted by Teremei
This might be my 4K upgrade. Thanks Sage for bringing me here. I have a 3050 and a 125" screen. It was my first projector and it's great! I'm excited to see some in depth comparisons to the 2550 once the 3550 comes out. I could get the 2550 now, but I want a projector that I'm going to be happy with long term. And this one sounds to have a lot of interesting upgrades. Waiting for this one seems the right decision. I don't really intend to use it full on until the next gen consoles come around any way. So I can afford to wait it out.
(I look forward to reading your input and chatting with you all about this model over the next year)
Yeah I don't want to put you off the HT2550-- it's a fantastic projector and I use it as my main display-- but the HT3550 should represent a clear step up and will be the definitive 4K upgrade from your HT3050.
Right now I have the HT2050A and the HT2550. I prefer the HT2550 for it's 4K resolution and it's ability to accept and display HDR content. Opinions seem to vary on this but in my personal opinion the jump from 1080p to 4K is massive when you're talking about the typical screen sizes projector owners push. That said, the HT2550 doesn't represent a clear upgrade over the HT2050A in all areas
. Ignoring things like input lag (which is an issue for most all 4K pixel shifters) and a lack of DCI-P3 coverage (which no 1080p projectors or budget 4K projectors offer) the HT2050A/HT3050 still does some things better than the HT2550. Most notably: black levels on the HT2550/TK800 are not as deep as the HT2050A/HT3050. Contrast can often look just as good and sometimes even better if only because the addition of HDR makes a big impact here. Still, the 1080p projectors will do a more convincing job on darker scenes or scenes without any bright highlights. In addition, the HT2550/TK800 lack lens shift which limits their placement flexibility if you're keen to avoid using keystone. Speaking of placement, the shorter throw lens of the HT2050A/HT3050 is a popular feature that was not duplicated on the 4K units. Lastly, there's that pesky light border that, while hardly a deal breaker, remains an annoyance on the current generation of 4K DLPs for the more OCD of us.
The HT3550 solves these issues by including a dynamic iris (BenQ's first!) which should have a significant impact on contrast/blacks. In addition, the HT3550 includes vertical lens shift and utilizes a shorter throw lens similar to that of the HT2050A/HT3050. The HT3550 will also see the debut of a new DMD that eliminates the light border of the current design.
As I said previously, the HT2550 is a fantastic projector. But it is a model targeting a low entry level price point. Honestly, when the BenQ debuted, just getting full 4K resolution, full bandwidth 4K/60 HDMI 2.0, automatic HDR detection/switching and the out-of-the-box color accuracy the HT2550 promises (dE errors < 3) was enough to make it an awesome value. At it's newly reduced price it's an insane value. The HT3550, in this case, represents a much higher aiming projector with features and performance that will hopefully justify it's higher price point.