When I wrote up my BenQ HT3550 projector First Look Review I had one concern. 4K HDR content appeared oversaturated, and I possibly could never obtain it right – or close, by playing. Regardless of, when i wrote up that HT3550 First Look Review, off the HT3550 visited Eric for calibration. There’s more to the story – below. But first a synopsis.

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The BenQ HT3550 is a “intensify” single chip DLP projector sporting Texas Instruments, “smaller” 4K UHD DLP chip set. The HT3550 projector claims 2000 lumens, which is merely slightly less than the low end HT2550, and even more below BenQ’s “bright room” exact carbon copy of the HT2550 – the TK800, which claims 3000 lumens. The HT3550 projector includes a list price of $1499.

That is a projector made to handle the most recent and greatest – that’s, 4K content, with HDR – remember that the HT3550 supports both HDR10 and HLG HDR schemes.

The first important things to understand, compared to the less costly HT2550 – which remains in the lineup as a far more entry-level projector – may be the addition of a dynamic iris to improve black level performance. But there’s more.

Another definite improvement may be the return of modest vertical lens shift, that your HT2550 lacks, but which older predecessor 1080p models just like the famous BenQ W1070 did have. Great to involve some lens shift again, lens shift is always much better than keystone correction for having an accurate, rectangular image. There’s an onboard speakers. Two five watt speakers to be precise, gives the HT3550 some “entertainment” abilities.

I might remember that the BenQ HT3550 is a comparatively small home entertainment projector and that additionally it is the one which looks particularly good, with clean lines, an off white cabinet with A brown-gray back. The built-in sound, and 9.4 lb. weight (4.2 kg) make it a lot more than lightweight enough for moving room to room, hauling outside for movie nights (or sports nights, or Game of Thrones – final season – nights. BTW in the event that you do a patio movie night, the audio system is adequate, but when you have a far more powerful boom box with some real bass, you can utilize the projector’s music out.

For those unfamiliar with the idea, this HT3550 projector is a pixel shifter, its native resolution is 1920×1080, x4 since it fires the same pixel 3 more times, shifting where it hits the screen slightly. A pixel shifter inherently (everything else being equal) can’t be as detailed as the larger, more costly 2716x1528x2 DLP pixel shifting chipset, and definitely not native 4K. BenQ, like others, tends not forgetting those little “resolution” details, (a practice that i don’t look after, but one which appears to be just how many DLP projector makers now describe their 4K UHD projectors). But, not being as transparent as possible, isn’t limited by DLP.

But let’s finish this conversation on another page.

BenQ claims 2000 lumens. The first unit was very disappointing when measuring brightness. Fortunately, that’s false for the entire production version I’m dealing with now, which proved immediately, and obviously brighter!

The important point I would like to make is that the HT3550 I’ve here, looks a lot better, right out from the box, compared to the pre-production unit taken care of Eric’s calibration. It had been noticeable when viewing 4K HDR content/P3 color.

Some additional basics:

There are two HDMI inputs, in addition to a screen trigger and other inputs and connectors. The warrantee is 3 years parts and labor.

AN ACCOUNT of Two HT3550 HOME ENTERTAINMENT Projectors – continued
On the first unit, I must say i don’t think 4K HDR improved regarding delivering color with the calibration, actually it probably overall was slightly worse, regardless if most high class numbers were a lttle bit better. But, as well, we also learned that the initial HT3550 didn’t get near brightness claims, or its P3 color claims either. It really seemed to not surpass the specs.

Sports looked excellent upon this first HT3550, however the newer BenQ that arrived is brighter, and better. The image is quite sharp.
I spoke with my usual contacts at BenQ, and affirmed, my unit was among the first six that arrived (pre-production). BenQ explained that among the other in this batch may experienced similar issues. This is simply not shocking with pre-production samples.

At that time, BenQ offered a complete production unit to complete the review. (the merchandise started shipping days before). I shouted YES! And today I increase that: “Just what a difference it creates!”

The brand new HT3550 sits in my own theater now – this new one is uncalibrated (apart from some simple eyeball adjustments to Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation. Yet, with 4K HDR content, it looks drastically much better than the first unit. I did so not need this HT3550 calibrated (I’ve only got cover one calibration per HOME ENTERTAINMENT projector.)

In my own First Look review, I expressed the hope that the “outrageous” HDR will be corrected with calibration, nonetheless it took an adequately working HT3550 to get that to occur! Having said that, I’m “paid” to be fussy about might be found. The first unit’s display quality – regarding color, etc. is, no worse than many peoples LCD TVs. It’s that some people are hardcore enthusiasts, and a good perfectionist or two…