Originally Posted by Alex Hindman
Scott, what are the main drawbacks of the 5050? Super interested in your take as I'm trying to decide on this or spend more for the new JVCs. If I go with epson, I can spend more on sound, but I don't want to be disappointed.
I’ve really enjoyed playing with the 5050 this week. I’m under no embargo so I can talk about it. Expect more reviews to hit on Tuesday though.
Testing the BenQ HT5550 right now as well and there is no about it, the BenQ looks sharper. I have a 160” screen so moving from a 8.3M discrete pixel image the last year and a half to a 1080x2... some people say you can really tell but I can on my 160” screen sitting 16’ away mostly in text. Moving images are another story but there are moments where a sharp line will cut across the screen and it’s not as sharp as I’m used to. I wish it was sharper...That’s not to say it’s not a sharp image. The double e shift really looks better than just 1080p and I leave the 4K enhancement on for all content.
The size of the 5050 is nothing new, but it is big and it is white. Doesn’t look great on my black ceiling. Sucks that I have to pay a grand more to get a black paint job for the 6050.
I really don’t understand why your preferred HDR picture mode can’t be invoked when HDR content is displayed. I don’t like how big the remote is and how far you have to depress the remote buttons to go to memory, load memory, down, down, click. Thank goodness for sequences on my harmony remote. I have the button sequences for my optimized HDR, SDR, and Bright room viewing.
Noise at high lamp is pretty high. It’s really quiet on medium and eco though.
Iris is pretty good. Doesn’t pump on normal scenes and only engages in very low APL scenes. Not very audile but in dead quiet you can hear it diligently working away.
Colors out of the box are pretty good but it is crazy the amount of customization you can do on the 5050. It’s a blessing and a curse. I am fiddling much more with it than I ever have with a projector and my wife hates it when I pull up menus (sequences ftw!). But the level of calibrating that be done with grayscale, gamma, rgbmcy, color temperature, etc etc etc... it’s a tinkerers playground. May seem daunting to some though.
Motion handling is so so. I noticed some stuttering on the tree canopies in some forest pans on Planet Earth 2 that the single chips DLPs like the HT5550 handle really well. That’s being nit picky though. Other than those scenes motion handling has been fine.
’s settings with a few tweaks of my own and the PQ is very good. The grayscale calibration really adds a lot of depth and richness to the image.
Input lag is very good at 26ms that I measured. Using HDR Bright settings that Alaric provided, I have played about 4 hours of Halo on my Xbox one x. 4K HDR 60fps gaming is really nice on the 5050!
Frame interpolation ONLY when 4K enhancement is off. Even on 1089p content you have to turn off the enhancement which is a multi step process and is annoying. Personally I think the the image quality looks better the the 4kE on in sports. Just sucks that can’t do frame interpolation in 4K like you can on the HT5550.
Everyone talks about the inky blacks on the Epsons. They are good but I ha e heard JVCs are better. I haven’t seen the JVCs that you might be looking at but I think the only thing those might do a touch better at are blacks. DLP<LCD<LCOS. But I doubt the JVC will be $1,000+ better PQ worth than the 5050.
My wishlist: shrink chassis by 20%, move to same pane resolution as the .67” DLP x2 shifters to get 8.3M pixel image, offer black in 50x0 retail unit, auto HDR mode, smaller remote, invoke remote backlight when any button is pressed, FI in 4K.
I’ll write up a more thorough review but i don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this 5050 with the above in mind. The combo of brightness, contrast, color, and gaming chops will make it a popular projector this year