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For someone in a non light controlled space (basement that can get pitch black but with a white ceiling and light colored floor), would it make much of a difference getting the Epson 5050 over the BenQ 3550? I know it's a bit brighter than the BenQ, and since I was planning on trying an ALR grey screen, I thought it might help. I just don't know if the extra brightness is enough to do much. If the difference is minimal, I might as well save $1500.


Go ask @scottyroo. He’ll have a more informed answer for you.


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So this issue just magically disappeared after switching from a HDR source to a SDR source and going back to a HDR source. It was either that or switching inputs real quick. Either way, I'll keep an eye on it but the issue is gone... talk about a wonky projector. Once the projector works out all the little quirks it will be a no-brainer for most people looking for a projector in this price range!

I've returned the TK800M. The 3550 is bright enough for my needs and if anyone feels they have brightness or color issues, it may be defective like my first one.


I'm wondering about this myself - did Kraine (from Passion cinema) have one of the "dimmer" units from the first batch? He didn't measure anything over 1000 lumens in any modes except for Bright, which was 1980, which seems suspect based on this.

Debating whether or not I should wait and save for the 5550, due to the "extra brightness" Kraine measured on his review of that unit (1480 calibrated), which is almost 50% more.

The brightest mode measured on that one was only 1791 lumens, so usable Vivid tv (or calibrated) at 1480-1600 seems pretty good compared to 905 on Vivid TV for the 3550. I am not going to be in a controlled light room...
 

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I'm wondering about this myself - did Kraine (from Passion cinema) have one of the "dimmer" units from the first batch? He didn't measure anything over 1000 lumens in any modes except for Bright, which was 1980, which seems suspect based on this.

Debating whether or not I should wait and save for the 5550, due to the "extra brightness" Kraine measured on his review of that unit (1480 calibrated), which is almost 50% more.

The brightest mode measured on that one was only 1791 lumens, so usable Vivid tv (or calibrated) at 1480-1600 seems pretty good compared to 905 on Vivid TV for the 3550. I am not going to be in a controlled light room...
I believe his review is accurate. Once calibrated and in specific modes, the lumens drop but it's still plenty bright for viewing. Again, I'm not in a light controlled room. I have vaulted ceilings, light grey tiles, white walls, two windows without blackout curtains and a sliding glass door with blackout curtains. Even with that environment, the latest HT3550 I have is just barely bright enough during the day, and plenty bright at night. However, my screen is 100" and larger screens would affect brightness.

The review at ProjectorReviews also measures lumen levels roughly the same as Kraine:
https://www.projectorreviews.com/benq/benq-ht3550-the-4k-uhd-home-theater-projector-performance-page/
 

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I believe his review is accurate. Once calibrated and in specific modes, the lumens drop but it's still plenty bright for viewing. Again, I'm not in a light controlled room. I have vaulted ceilings, light grey tiles, white walls, two windows without blackout curtains and a sliding glass door with blackout curtains. Even with that environment, the latest HT3550 I have is just barely bright enough during the day, and plenty bright at night. However, my screen is 100" and larger screens would affect brightness.

The review at ProjectorReviews also measures lumen levels roughly the same as Kraine:
https://www.projectorreviews.com/benq/benq-ht3550-the-4k-uhd-home-theater-projector-performance-page/

Hmm, Kraines Cinema mode vs calibrated are about the same (within 10 lumens - 991 vs 981) - but the Projector Reviews Cinema mode measured out at 1194. I suppose that is within the margin of error, but I guess I'm wondering which one the HT3550 is actually closer to. I'm not saying Kraine did anything wrong (and it's a fantastic review!) but there does seem to be some differences in the samples, so it's harder to make a decision based on the facts.

I plan on getting an ALR screen, but I know that the current temporary projector (pretty crappy but is supposed to be legitimate 900 lumens-ish via LEDs) is just not quite bright enough for my current scenario.

Thanks for the reply!
 

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Hmm, Kraines Cinema mode vs calibrated are about the same (within 10 lumens - 991 vs 981) - but the Projector Reviews Cinema mode measured out at 1194. I suppose that is within the margin of error, but I guess I'm wondering which one the HT3550 is actually closer to. I'm not saying Kraine did anything wrong (and it's a fantastic review!) but there does seem to be some differences in the samples, so it's harder to make a decision based on the facts.

I plan on getting an ALR screen, but I know that the current temporary projector (pretty crappy but is supposed to be legitimate 900 lumens-ish via LEDs) is just not quite bright enough for my current scenario.

Thanks for the reply!
I just realized that Kraines also posted a second review. Did you see it? He got a second projector from Benq which has better brightness.
https://www.passionhomecinema.fr/blog/index.php/10/05/2019/test-benq-w2700-second-round/
 

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I just realized that Kraines also posted a second review. Did you see it? He got a second projector from Benq which has better brightness.
https://www.passionhomecinema.fr/blog/index.php/10/05/2019/test-benq-w2700-second-round/
Wow, that is a big difference and confirms my suspicion! 1345 lumens in Cinema mode compares much more favorably (and the difference from projector reviews could easily be down to zoom setting on the lense at this point).


I know the 5550 has more color coverage lumen for lumen, but I'd be pretty happy with the color reproduction on the 3550, so that makes the decision quite a bit easier.

Thanks for this...
 

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A mere 98 days after placing my order, my unit finally arrived. I have the picture settings where I want them however I've noticed an irritating noise randomly occur twice now. Once was in normal mode and once in smarteco mode. Just switched to eco mode and haven't heard it yet but haven't run in eco very long.

I know others have mentioned various noises coming from the fan but describing noise is difficult. I've attached a short clip where you can hear the noise. The projector is right over the seating area so when the noise is present it is quite noticeable. It usually lasts for a few minutes. I'm curious if this noise matches what anyone else has heard.

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Are you plying on a console by any chance? I have been lurking and planning to buy this in a couple of months. However various reviews show the lag to be somewhere around 60 70 ms. I don't know anything about lag as I play ps4 pro on my tv now. How bad is 70 ms? Is it something which should worry a casual gamer as well or is it just stats for hardcore gamers to worry about?

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Yes, I'm playing on consoles. I notice the difference in lag compared to my tv but it doesn't bother me at all with the type of games I play. I play games like Rdr2 or Days gone and it works fine for me. I even have the dynamic iris on which doesn't help with input lag. I want games to look the best they can on my projector.
I would not recommend this projector for games where fast reactions are really important though.
 

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Yes, I'm playing on consoles. I notice the difference in lag compared to my tv but it doesn't bother me at all with the type of games I play. I play games like Rdr2 or Days gone and it works fine for me. I even have the dynamic iris on which doesn't help with input lag. I want games to look the best they can on my projector.
I would not recommend this projector for games where fast reactions are really important though.
Thanks for the inputs... Good to know this... I mostly play rpg and adventure games... So if you are good with rdr2 I think I should be good with my games

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I'm starting to worry about all the mentions of "totally darkened rooms" etc... that's not going to be needed with this projector, right? First time moving off a tv so not sure what to expect. I only have basic vertical blinds installed which leak tons of outside light but only planning on watching at night. Further expenses on extra rolldown shades would be unwelcome after the proj and having to replace the receiver (old one didn't pass hdcp 2.2 etc). I got a 135in screen too with a sitting distance of exactly 14 feet, now thinking the MOAR SCREEN greed was a bad idea and I should have stuck with 120.
 

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I'm starting to worry about all the mentions of "totally darkened rooms" etc... that's not going to be needed with this projector, right? First time moving off a tv so not sure what to expect. I only have basic vertical blinds installed which leak tons of outside light but only planning on watching at night. Further expenses on extra rolldown shades would be unwelcome after the proj and having to replace the receiver (old one didn't pass hdcp 2.2 etc). I got a 135in screen too with a sitting distance of exactly 14 feet, now thinking the MOAR SCREEN greed was a bad idea and I should have stuck with 120.
If the majority of your viewing is at night like you said you'll be totally fine. I've also used mine with lights on and though of course it washes it out a bit it's still plenty viewable.
 

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So, i have recived my W2700 and its been running for about 20 hours!
On the box it says April 19, so it must be the 2nd batch!
What i have owned before this and what i also can compare it to is:

Epson tw700
Benq w1070
Benq 1100(2050)?
Benq 2000(3050) Colour Wheel failure!
Optoma UHD51 (Returned it due to poor black levels)

Ive seen some of the quirks thats been mentioned here but its no biggy:

1. Fans!
Holy moly, thats loud comared to UHD51

2. Split screen!
Goes away in a couple of seconds and probably gets better with a firmware update

3. chromatic aberration!
Mine is like "Randomite" or "Troub" in post #2736 . Like a nasty blue shaddow to the left in objects and text

4. Uneven focus!
Sharp to the right and in the middle but in the left upper corner blurry! Have it ceiling mounted so....
Like my w1070 that also had the exactly same phenomenon and i never got used to! Maybe need to RMA it?
Reads alot of text and of course alot here at Avsforum:D
Its a shame becauce this and the chromatic aberration is the only thing i dont like with it!

5. Iris!
Pretty good in normal mode but sometimes its noticeble

Black levels compared to W2000(3050) in my eyes are pretty close! Its better on the W2000(3050) but not extremly!
Compared to the UHD51 that wins the sharpness contest, but loses big time in black levels to the W2700!

Colours and brightness is perfectly balanced!

Ive only used it for 20 hours, but would realy love to hear what you think about the picture sharpness and chromatic aberration!

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Hi,

New here :)

I have been thinking of buying this projector here in Europe (w2700 model). My current projector is Benq w1210st (ht2150st in us i think).

Anyone here that has had both projectors or seen them, how big upgrade the w2700 would be? Black levels, noise, contrast etc...

I have small room that has dark walls and ceiling with blackout curtains. I have been running the current projector on eco mode and it has enough brightness for my viewing. Current screen size is about 107 inches and w2700 would have around 103 inch. I have painted the screen on the wall. I can't have any real screen because of cats, that like to attack anything moving on the screen!! haha.. since i would have to paint the screen again for different size, what would be better., white or greyer screen?

Thanks for any help.
 

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Regarding rainbow effect (RBE)...


I just managed to see the presentation of the W2700 and W5700 and I have to say, coming from an OLD LCD PJ I found them both to be stunning with regards to color and clarity. The dynamic iris on the W2700 had a really noticeable effect and resulted in great blacks as far I am concerned. Obviously the W5700 was significantly better in color and contrast.


However I noticed that I saw a surprising amount of RBE. Now I am VERY sensitive to RBE so don't think this will apply to anyone else. Only I and one salesman could see it and the others there had no problem with it.


RBE seemed slightly better on the W5700, don't know why or how that could be, maybe just perception.


My question is, for those who have used both the older 1080p Benqs like the 2050 and 3050, and also seen these new models, can you see a subjective increase in RBE?


I read Sage and others' very detailed discussion of the color wheel speed issue and it seems to me, having seen some 1080P Benqs like the HT2050 in a museum, that they seemed to have less RBE for me.


Just curious if anyone has any experience to report on this.


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Regarding rainbow effect (RBE)...


I just managed to see the presentation of the W2700 and W5700 and I have to say, coming from an OLD LCD PJ I found them both to be stunning with regards to color and clarity. The dynamic iris on the W2700 had a really noticeable effect and resulted in great blacks as far I am concerned. Obviously the W5700 was significantly better in color and contrast.


However I noticed that I saw a surprising amount of RBE. Now I am VERY sensitive to RBE so don't think this will apply to anyone else. Only I and one salesman could see it and the others there had no problem with it.


RBE seemed slightly better on the W5700, don't know why or how that could be, maybe just perception.


My question is, for those who have used both the older 1080p Benqs like the 2050 and 3050, and also seen these new models, can you see a subjective increase in RBE?


I read Sage and others' very detailed discussion of the color wheel speed issue and it seems to me, having seen some 1080P Benqs like the HT2050 in a museum, that they seemed to have less RBE for me.


Just curious if anyone has any experience to report on this.


Thanks


Not sure what more to say about it except either you see it AND you’re sensitive to it AND it bothers you OR it doesn’t. If latter, it’s a beautiful picture.

By the way, I have been watching with WCG on and I’m surprised how I much prefer it now. My eyes had been seeking pop. I prefer brilliant color on with it but my next step is a screen, painted or otherwise.

It was also good to hear an update in firmware will resolve annoyances. It’s a keeper for me.


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Regarding rainbow effect (RBE)...


I just managed to see the presentation of the W2700 and W5700 and I have to say, coming from an OLD LCD PJ I found them both to be stunning with regards to color and clarity. The dynamic iris on the W2700 had a really noticeable effect and resulted in great blacks as far I am concerned. Obviously the W5700 was significantly better in color and contrast.


However I noticed that I saw a surprising amount of RBE. Now I am VERY sensitive to RBE so don't think this will apply to anyone else. Only I and one salesman could see it and the others there had no problem with it.


RBE seemed slightly better on the W5700, don't know why or how that could be, maybe just perception.


My question is, for those who have used both the older 1080p Benqs like the 2050 and 3050, and also seen these new models, can you see a subjective increase in RBE?


I read Sage and others' very detailed discussion of the color wheel speed issue and it seems to me, having seen some 1080P Benqs like the HT2050 in a museum, that they seemed to have less RBE for me.


Just curious if anyone has any experience to report on this.


Thanks

I’ve got an easy answer for you.

The HT2050A/HT3050/HT2150ST can display 24fps content with the color wheel at ‘full speed’. I discuss in that conversation how they arrive at the ‘5X’ for 24fps content so I won’t go into that here accept to say that the wheel is spinning at 7200rpm or 120Hz. This means an effective 240Hz due to two RGB segments per rotation,

Unfortunately, for the reasons I mentioned before, 4K 4-way-shift DLPs like the HT3550 here cannot do that because of the 4X shift required to produce the full 4K image. The HT3550 and HT5550 are the first two 4K 4-way-shift DLPs to natively support 24fps content. By that I mean they do not need to convert to 60Hz which requires a 3:2 pulldown that can introduce telecine judder. To do this, BenQ actually throttles the colorwheel slightly from 120Hz down to 96Hz (96 being a multiple of 24 or, really, 192 being a multiple of 48– due to two rgb segments per rotation).

So, if you’re watching 24fps content the effective color wheel speed of an HD RGBRGB DLP like the HT2050 is actually faster (240Hz) than the effective color wheel speed of the HT3550/HT5550 (196Hz). That might be just enough for someone who is very sensitive to RBE to notice a difference. It should be said here that you can ‘fix’ this by simply running the HT3550/HT5550 at 60Hz. You do this by eliminating 24fps output at your source. This means you’re back to the 240Hz effective speed. While this can introduce judder the fact is every other 4K 4X shift DLP from Benq, Optoma, Viewsonic, etc, HAS to do this.

I also want to mention that most people aren’t that sensitive to RBE and won’t be able to see a difference here. After all, the vast majority of DLPs on the market are so called ‘2X’ (basically non- RGBRGB DLPs). These have a color wheel that still spins at 120Hz but with only one RGB segment per rotation you get an effective speed of: 120Hz. ALL of Optoma’s HD home projectors are 2X. The majority of Viewsonic’s lineup is the same. Honestly, BenQ is unique among DLP manufacturers for having an unusually large percentage of their HD product lineup featuring an RGBRGB color wheel.
 

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hello everyone, i just received my benq ht3550, but I have a problem I use it with a nvidia shield tv and I noticed some micro cut of sounds (1 sec) when I use vlc or netflix / plex, I do not use any audio device only the sound of the video projector, someone already has a similar problem or is it a
manufacturing defect ?
 

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I'm still having issues (1 in 3 startups) with the screen displaying messed up colors. It bounces back and forth every couple if seconds. I've tried every setting in the menu and none make any difference. Only fix is to restart which is becoming a PITA because the unit has to cool down and then reboot taking a couple of minutes. I've also started having the issue with a small rectangular black box at the bottom right corner. I recall someone else posting about this several pages back. It also takes a reboot to resolve.

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I’ve got an easy answer for you.

The HT2050A/HT3050/HT2150ST can display 24fps content with the color wheel at ‘full speed’. I discuss in that conversation how they arrive at the ‘5X’ for 24fps content so I won’t go into that here accept to say that the wheel is spinning at 7200rpm or 120Hz. This means an effective 240Hz due to two RGB segments per rotation,

Unfortunately, for the reasons I mentioned before, 4K 4-way-shift DLPs like the HT3550 here cannot do that because of the 4X shift required to produce the full 4K image. The HT3550 and HT5550 are the first two 4K 4-way-shift DLPs to natively support 24fps content. By that I mean they do not need to convert to 60Hz which requires a 3:2 pulldown that can introduce telecine judder. To do this, BenQ actually throttles the colorwheel slightly from 120Hz down to 96Hz (96 being a multiple of 24 or, really, 192 being a multiple of 48– due to two rgb segments per rotation).

So, if you’re watching 24fps content the effective color wheel speed of an HD RGBRGB DLP like the HT2050 is actually faster (240Hz) than the effective color wheel speed of the HT3550/HT5550 (196Hz). That might be just enough for someone who is very sensitive to RBE to notice a difference. It should be said here that you can ‘fix’ this by simply running the HT3550/HT5550 at 60Hz. You do this by eliminating 24fps output at your source. This means you’re back to the 240Hz effective speed. While this can introduce judder the fact is every other 4K 4X shift DLP from Benq, Optoma, Viewsonic, etc, HAS to do this.

I also want to mention that most people aren’t that sensitive to RBE and won’t be able to see a difference here. After all, the vast majority of DLPs on the market are so called ‘2X’ (basically non- RGBRGB DLPs). These have a color wheel that still spins at 120Hz but with only one RGB segment per rotation you get an effective speed of: 120Hz. ALL of Optoma’s HD home projectors are 2X. The majority of Viewsonic’s lineup is the same. Honestly, BenQ is unique among DLP manufacturers for having an unusually large percentage of their HD product lineup featuring an RGBRGB color wheel.
Oh, I wish I knew about this earlier LOL! I have been running mine at 4k 24Hz for the past couple of weeks, and although rainbows are not visible on normal scenes, it becomes a rainbow fest on dark stuff (like game of thrones). I'll switch over to 60hz tonight, thanks for the tip! :)
 
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