4K projector for living room under $1500
Close call. The Epson 2150 is quite bright despite it’s lumen rating.
The HT3550 can stand up to some ambient light in normal or smarteco lamp. In eco you’d really want a dim to dark room. The HT3550 is the best looking 4K projector in this price range but it’s definitely not intended to be a bright room hero. It’s the only DLP at this price with an iris to improve blacks and it’s wide color filter gives it better color performance than projectors costing literally thousands more.
The TK800M will be even brighter than your 2150. I reviewed the original TK800 and I came away impressed with it’s output. This is a projector clearly designed for living room duty where ambient light will be a concern. Obviously, it won’t have the same picture quality chops as the HT3550– but then, if you can’t control light in your room, ultimate picture quality is likely not the primary concern. A bright, punchy image probably is.
BenQ has teased an as-yet-unannounced bright room version of the Ht3550. We can speculate such a model would not have the same color quality as the Ht3550 but should retain most of if not all of the HT3550’s features. No idea when we’ll see such a model as benQ is still trying to meet demand for the HT3550.
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