Originally Posted by tonybradley
I know going by pictures are a dangerous thing when comparing quality, but from the pictures you posted, the HT2050a look better to me than the HT3550. In fact, I was not impressed at all by the HT3550 pictures. I would not be happy with that. The other pictures I've seen look much better than those, so not sure if it's my laptop screen, your settings, or just because they are pictures.
I just can’t recommend going by pictures.
I posted some shots in my comparison but I was trying to draw attention to specific areas of picture quality and you’ll notice many of my shots were overexposed simply to bring out the differences between the two models.
I’m not disputing the gentleman’s experience. Everyone has their preferences. I have NOT received the final production version so it’s possible there are differences between his unit and the one I tested. That being said, I’ve heard these complaints about the filter before and I have to say that while I can understand them— I disagree.
The filter on my sample does not make things green. What it does is remove the ‘coolness’ and tendency towards blue that that the majority of displays, including the HT3550, ship with out-of-the-box. We’ve grown accustomed to accept a cool color temperature as normal with our phone screens, monitors and LCD TVs. That tends to be the preference and it’s what a lot of people expect and and are used to. Show them something else and people tend to dislike the change. Add to this the fact that the filter reduces lumen output— in an age where people are wondering if even 3000 lumens are enough— it’s no wonder BenQ went back to squeeze more output from the filtered modes.
As for the comments about HDR. I would ask what other HDR projectors he’s seen. You could make the argument that the critical praise for the HT3550’s HDR has been a little over zealous considering the general state of HDR in the projector space. But in my opinion, knowing what we’re coming from with the HT2550, Epson 5040ub, Optoma UHD60, etc., the HT3550 is a revelation and deserves every accolade for it’s HDR handling.
I don’t know. My argument is BenQ could have probably left out the filter all together and less people would have complained considering no other sub $3k DLP has this capability besides BenQ’s own HT5550. That’s the irony. Not everyone will have the right room to use the modes but I for one am glad they included it. Take it out and you still have the best $1500 4K DLP on the market...