So the TK800 is too bright for watching something in the middle of the night? Do you think that the TK800/HT2550's price tags will drop due to the new projector?
It’s down to preference. Full disclosure, I’m a plasma fan that still owns three of those old beasts and do not own a single LCD television. I almost always watch in the dark. Lastly, I have a relatively small screen by today’s standards, 100” so I don’t need a lot of lumens to light up my screen. In my situation the HT2550 produces more than enough output.
A lot of people really like a big, bright image. For me, in my environment, the TK800 was borderline too bright. Switching off brilliant color or dropping the lamp to eco is an extremely effective way to reduce output on the TK800 to a more comfortable level for theater use but, as I point out in my review, I’m not a big fan of the image with BC off and I really liked the improved contrast in the smarteco lamp mode. Your mileage may vary.