Originally Posted by tonybradley
I was on the fence if I wanted to continue with my HT2050a or jump on the HT3550. I've been following for months now. Due to keeping track of everything going on, there is no way in the world I'd spend $1,500 on such a risky PJ right now with all the issues so many are having. Even if they are just nuisance issues that can be resolved by standing on your head while making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it's unacceptable at at any price point.
I will keep following as I'm curious if a firmware update will fix all the issues. Even outside the issues, now that we are seeing more people talk about the PJ, it doesn't sound like WCG is a slam dunk on this PJ. Many love it, many hate it. The Dynamic Iris that was supposed to be the bees knees on this PJ isn't a slam dunk for many either, which is saddening. After reading the pumping issues some are having, there is no way I'd use Dynamic Iris if I had the unit and it worked like that. Sage has said the Contrast is better with the HT3550 compared to the HT2050a when using DI, but I believe the older HT2050a is better when DI is off on 3550. I just purchased my HT2050a a little less than a year ago, so I'm happy with it until some things are resolved on this unit, then I may give it a try.
Tony, I actually do think you should wait but I have to comment on this post as I think it’s a little unfairly negative of the actual product we’re talking about. I think you had very high expectations and maybe not all of them were met and you’re understandably let down. In short— the reality didn’t meet the hype some members had for it.
It’s clear some members are experiencing QC issues. That’s a shame and definitely not something anyone should accept. But outside of that I think you’re being maybe a touch over dramatic.
Turn off the Dynamic iris and don’t use the wide color filter— what do you have? Still the best 4K DLP projector at $1500. I hate to say it but BenQ’s biggest error here seems to be giving consumers too much on this model— they’ve packed this thing to the gills and everyone is busy finding that one aspect about it they don’t like.
Honestly, ask yourself his question: if the HT3550 did not have the wide color filter how would it effect it’s position in the market? No other manufacturers are offering this feature at this price. If you have a room that can take advantage of the feature: congrats. If not, simply disregard it. It’s not like there is an alternative at this price that has this feature or anything similar.
As for the DI— I’m extremely picky and I was the first reviewer to draw attention to the issues with the iris. I’m still in communication with BenQ about possible performance improvements. I want to see the iris work better but it’s not like it’s broken or anything now.
Many of the complaints I’m seeing about the iris could be leveled at dynamic irises in general. Many users have admitted that this is the first projector they’ve used with a dynamic iris. An iris has pros and cons that are not unique to the HT3550.
Even without the iris the HT3550 has the best contrast of any of it’s 4K competitors. Unfortunately, the move to 4K has not done DLP any favors here and if you’re looking for the best native contrast below $1500 you’re still looking at an HT2050A or a discontinued Epson 4000 (if you can still find one). I’ll update when BenQ gives me more information about iris improvements but for now we have a whole lot of people who have no problems with it (including
) some who do have issues (such as myself) and some who hits flatly don’t like the iris and, in all fairness, would probably not like an iris on any projector. Believe it or not there are many owners here on AVS who spend thousands on Sony and JVC projectors who disable the included iris because they don’t like the effect. That’s fair. You’re not required to use every feature on every model.
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