Originally Posted by YumMasterYum
Looking for opinions. I currently have a JVC x570, but I'm thinking about swapping it out for this Benq. I am space limited and have 12' from the back wall to the screen. The JVC can throw a max 106" screen size while the Benq should be able to throw up to 136" (shorter throw + less physical depth). Any thoughts on screen size (Benq) vs quality (JVC). I love the JVC, but if I can get a bigger screen size with close quality, I think it's a good trade.
Edit: We watch mostly 4k blu-rays and 3d blu-rays.
Your JVC is is going to have much better contrast/blacks. Nothing in this price range is going to compete with your JVC on that front. Now, the BenQ has plenty going for it: it is crazy sharp, has excellent color, superb motion clarity and when it comes to 3D, IMO, DLP is the best in the business. But when you’re talking about the type of price difference that separates these two— $2500 by the way, that’s like a whole Epson 5040UB in between these two— contrast/blacks tend to dominate the conversation. As they should for a projector that costs more than 2.5 times as much.
While we’re on this subject [steps on soap box]...
Contrast/blacks are so integral to a projector’s price that it’s sometimes difficult to describe them in the context of a review. For me, I have to compare a projector against it’s peer group, i.e. what else can you get for this money. If we compared every projector sold against a JVC, which some members are want to do, then you’d never be able to talk about a projector’s performance here because it would just be: worse than JVC. Maybe this model is slightly worse or that model is much worse— you get the idea.
For 1500 dollars the HT3550 has good contrast. At this price point you won’t find much that will do better. The Epson 3100 which also has an iris does better on blacks but it has low ANSI contrast and, of course, it’s 1080p only and lacks HDR. None of BenQ’s own 4K projectors (HT2550, TK800) can compete and I expect the BenQ will top the Optoma UHD50/51a as well.
Stepping up in price you’ll find the Optoma UHD60. Contrast on the UHD60 is good although the HT3550’s advantages in color and dynamic iris make this an interesting comparison. The UHD60 doesn’t have the color of the HT3550 but speaking strictly about contrast— I’d need a head to head to decide. Further up we find the Epson 4010 which is the only other projector below $3000 to offer the color capabilities of the HT3550. The 4010 is a bit like a poor man’s JVC— that’s a compliment, btw— it has loads of features and has appropriate, serious HT heft. Although, and this is an important consideration, it lacks the resolution of the DLPs. I haven’t seen the 4010 but based on my memory of the 4000 the contrast was similar to that of the 3100 though the addition of HDR should make for a significant improvement here. The king of below $2000 contrast is still the SONY 45ES. It’s the only LCOS in this range but, like that 3100, it’s 1080p only.
So that’s where I’m at with the HT3550. If you’re in the market for a 4K projector for movies and tv, at it’s price I can’t think of anything that’s better. If you’re in the market with $1500 to spend: buy this. If you have more... stepping up in price is interesting because you will get more in some areas while losing in others. Unless you have a lot more to spend in which case: why are you here.