Originally Posted by bix26
I agree, if they had made the ht2550 more like this I think they would have totally owned the sub $2,000 projector market. Just like the HT2050 did for the sub $1,000 price range.
My contact at BenQ has shared with me some crucial info about the W2700.
First things first, some of you might remember a post I made almost a year ago about the HT2550
. I feel the post from January was more or less 100% accurate in hindsight, if viewed from the lens that the Rev2 of the HT2550 is considered this W2700. Don't get me wrong, I ended up LOVING the HT2550 (W1700) and TK800 but I was still pretty vocal that it wasn't the 'silver bullet' budget 4k option.... yet. It was (is), in my opinion, the best value projector for the money that we have in the market today, but it continued to leave consumers in a young DLP 4k projector left wanting for a projector with similar fantastic color performance, but with better contrast in the sub $2,000 price range.
So lets talk more about the HT3550
! On paper, I'm legit GIDDY about this projector. It seems as if BenQ has taken customer feedback and bundled it up in the new HT3550. This is a completely new projector from the ground up. I'll temper my expectations until I can get my hands on one, but I feel like this has a chance to be THE 'silver bullet' for mass 4K projector adoption. If BenQ can execute on the performance... this will be a big seller. A huge part of this is the direct upgrade path from the hugely popular W1070 and HT2050 since the lens shift, offset, and throw are the same. A wise move by BenQ since the space requirements of the HT2550 ruled itself out for some consumers with tighter spaces.
So here is what I know.... some new info, some info already confirmed by the website slip:
- The W2700 will be named HT3550 in North America (confirmed!)
- The HT3550 will be announced before CES 2019 and available in January or February of 2019 (confirmed!)
- HT3550 is being positioned as the 4K version of the current 1080p HT3050 (which is the higher end version of the HT2050)
- Confirmed features:
- 4K 8.3M pixel using a .47" TI DMD (specific TI chip yet to be confirmed)
- 100% Rec.709 Coverage
- 3D (yep!)
- MEMC/CFI (yep!)
- HLG (!!!)
- Integrated video player for USB drive playback
- User upgradable firmware (hallelujah)
- Faster, single and central processor (faster load times, also allows for user-upgradable firmware - I love this)
- 94% DCI-P3 Coverage (!!!!) - factory calibration report to be included with each unit continuing on the tradition of great out of box colors that BenQ is known for
- ISFccc certified
- DynamicBlack Active Iris (!!!!!!Woohoo!!!!!)
- 1.13~1.47:1 Throw ratio - same as W1070 and HT2050
- 10% Lens Shift
- I've also confirmed that there will be a big promotion in November and December on the HT2550. Those on very tight budget - this is the time to get in 4K projection.
- My personal thoughts are that for the tons of people who have the W1070 and HT2050 who have been holding out for better contrast/feature set, wait for the HT3550 since throw is direct replacement and the contrast is going to be a lot better on this PJ.
- Price is confirmed for the HT3550 to be higher than the current $1,399 price for the HT2550. So if you are budget minded. Might wanna pull the trigger on the HT2550 while on discount.
- Experience event is being scheduled for LA and NYC targeting W1070 and HT2050 users in Feb 19.
What gets me most excited about the HT3550 is the dynamic iris, MEMC, HLG, Lens Shift, new optical engine (better color), new processor, USB playback, and new throw ratio. Big upgrades (throw is subjective) from the HT2550.
As far as I know, this will be the first projector in the world with HLG which is going to be the new standard of delivering HDR over live broadcasts.
MEMC will be great while watching sports. The annoying lack of lens shift will be remedied on the HT3550, and it look like the color accuracy from the new optical engine will offer some improvement on already great color reporoduction from the HT2550
All told, we will have to wait and see if BenQ can deliver on this impressive spec list, but it SOOOO encouraging to see that they listened to their customers from their first attempt at 4K.