So within a week, we have a second announcement from Costa Mesa-based BenQ America Corp., but this one really could be a game-changer. The CineHome HT2550 DLP projector offers home theater enthusiasts 4K UHD HDR capability with what the company claims is “incredible value”.
With a true 8.3 megapixel 4K resolution, the projector boasts 96% of Rec .709 CinematicColor technology, and projection-optimized HDR for what BenQ states is “stunning true-to-life image quality”.
According to Lars Yoder, President, BenQ America Corp., “Homeowners today want to replicate the magic of the big-screen 4K digital cinema at home. The HT2550 makes that possible, delivering striking 4K resolution for spectacular movie nights. Engineered with advanced audio and video enhancements and HDR capabilities, it’s an incredible value for the finest home cinema experience.”
The incorporated 0.47″ single DMD chip DLP technology helps minimize the projector’s profile, and ensures a sleek footprint ideal for modern lifestyles, while also delivering a pure 4K-optimized optical system which, assures BenQ, allows for a color accuracy minus “the artifacts that plague LCD projectors”.
Sporting HDR10 support, HDCP 2.2 copy protection, 2,200 ANSI lumens, and a host of proprietary features, including motion-adaptive pixel enhancement, the company’s own “sophisticated color algorithms”, and CinemaMaster Video+ and CinemaMaster Audio+ techs, giving modest-sized homes the benefits of “world-class cinemas”.
Setup is expected to be a speedy exercise with the HT2550’s auto keystone correction and powerful 1.2X big zoom. Additionally, the PJ can take an HDMI dongle for instant streaming from usual suspects, including Google Chromecast, Roku and Amazon Fire TV Stick.
But the real showstopper is the $2,000 price tag, drawing 4K UHD HDR projection quality within reach of mere mortals. Were we expecting price drops of this magnitude so soon into the game? The proof will be in the pudding when HTF gets round to reviewing the beast, but this news from BenQ looks decidedly promising for the home popcorn brigade.
Available in North America January 2018.