Originally Posted by wk11793
I'm in a similar boat myself. Have even debated if the $1,500ish for the 3550 would be better spent on a used JVC but I need to throw a 100" image from 8.5 feet away and no other projector will cut it. From what I've read, it's nearly impossible or extremely difficult to use a wide angle lens or mirror to reduce throw without introducing unwanted artifacts which would be such a waste on a high end projector.
I think some frustration comes from the fact that we've seen TVs advance so much further than projectors in the last few years (at least in the sub $2k market). My cheap TCL has much better blacks than my W1070 and the 1080p set I had 5 years ago. In the DLP market with the .47 chip, I think we took one step forward and two steps back, increasing resolution but reducing native contrast. Honestly, since I bought the W1070 5 years ago and not reading much about developments in projector technology, I'm disappointed to see contrast is still such a major flaw at this price point (at least for DLPs). I'm not necessarily convinced I'm better off with mediocre contrast and better colors/resolution. I'm pretty happy with the resolution and color that 1080p currently provides but having never seen 4k on a home projector I'm not sure what I'm missing anyway. I do know that my black levels are disappointing and watching dark scenes is incredibly distracting due to the poor image quality. Spending $1,500 and not improving that aspect is a tough decision for me.
However, from what I've read it sounds like BenQ is doing the very best it can with the .47 chip by introducing the dynamic iris so I really can't expect much more. I think the frustration is geared more towards the industry. Projectors are still behind TVs at this price point and will probably continue to be making it harder for projector manufacturers to offer enough value for the investment asked.
I think it's safe to say you will notice better black levels with the 3550. It does suck that none of the better pj's have a shorter throw.
I'm contemplating selling my JVC now, go with the 2050A on the cheap for a year or so, and see what shakes out in the market. I do love my JVC, but I don't think it's worth tinkering with to try and get a good pic out of it. If I flip it around and reflect, it just craps up the area right above the sofa. And I have to rig the mirror just so to boot with no guarantee it'll be a perfect pic. If I try the WA lens option I have to rig a mount in front of the lens, and again, be perfect and hope it doesn't downgrade the image.
The theater room is one of the few fairly finished rooms in the house (until I move everything into the closet and run new wire.) and the nightly refuge. Don't want to waste a ton of time fooling with it when I've got open walls, wiring new drywall to put up and so on. Don't need yet another project.
And not really sure pj's are lagging behind TV's. I read a lot of reviews about how artifical HDR looks on TV's,and how much more natural it looks on projectors. And for the cost of an 85" tv, you can get the 3550 and a 120" screen. If consumers can't see the value there, God help them. And with UST's becoming more popular, there's even less fuss of a projector though you're paying more for the screen than you would with a normal pj.
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