$2,499 4K BenQ CinePrime HT5550 Fully Reproduces DCI-P3 Color Space

The $2,499 4K BenQ CinePrime HT5550 DLP projector delivers commercial-level color spaces, supports HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range formats.

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$2,499 4K BenQ CinePrime HT5550 Fully Reproduces DCI-P3 Color Space

The DLP-based 4K HT5550 projector from BenQ is now available for $2,499.

Addressing mid-market projector installations, the CinePrime HT5550 4K DLP projector from BenQ offers a host of important features at a price point ($2,499) that makes the projector accessible to an array of users. 

Designed to integrate into dedicated theater rooms, as well as more widely used living room environments, the HT5550 through its DLP chipset produces 8.3 million pixels for UltraHD content. 

BenQ points out that a key performance aspect of the HT5550 is its ability to completely reproduce the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) DCI-P3 color standard, which is wider than the HD Rec. 709 specification. 

“For film buffs it's all about the details.” 

— Bob Wudeck, BenQ

“For film buffs it's all about the details,” says Bob Wudeck, senior director, business, education and CinePro solutons at BenQ America Corp. “However, achieving true cinematic quality has been expensive and technologically out of reach for all but the best home theaters.” 

He says the new product marks a “new benchmark with BenQ's color accuracy and HDR capabilities to create a movie experience that's truly gratifying for movie enthusiasts of all levels.”

Using proprietary technologies such as its CinematicColor, which helps the projector deliver DCI-P3 color gamut, the HT5550 also incorporates BenQ's HDR-PRO technology. 

According the company, HDR-Pro utilizes auto color and tone-mapping techniques that help the projector produce wide levels of dynamic range and compliancy to the HDR10 and hybrid log gamma (HLG) high dynamic range formats. 

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Featuring short-throw optics, 1.6x zoom and lens-shift options, the projector can be placed in a variety of locations within a home environment.

The HT5550, available through SnapAV, rounds out a BenQ line that ranges from the high-performance HT9060 to cost-effective 4K solutions for less than $2,000. 

BenQ says it's Super-Wide 100% DCI-P3 color can rival digital cinemas.

BenQ CinePrime HT5550 – Specifications

Main Specifications

  • Native Resolution: 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)

  • Brightness (ANSI lumens): 1800 ANSI Lumens

  • Contrast Ratio (FOFO): 100,000:1 (w/ Dynamic Iris)

Display

  • Projection System: DLP

  • Native Resolution: 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)

  • Resolution Support: VGA (640 x 480) to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)

  • Brightness (ANSI lumens) : 1800 ANSI Lumens

  • Contrast Ratio (FOFO) : 100,000:1 (w/ Dynamic Iris)

  • Display Color: 30 Bits (1.07 billion colors)

  • Native Aspect Ratio: Native 16:9 (3 aspect ratio selectable)

  • Light Source: Lamp

  • Light Source Wattage: 245W‎

  • Light Source Life:

    • Normal 4,000 hr

    • Economic 10,000 hrs

    • SmartEco 10,000 hrs

    • LampSave 15,000 hrs

Optical

  • Throw Ratio: 1.36 ~ 2.18 (100″ @ 3 m)

  • Zoom Ratio: 1.6X

  • Lens:  F/# 1.81~2.1, f 14.3(Wide) ~ 22.9(Tele)

  • Lens Shift: Vertical: ± 60% / Horizontal: ± 23%

  • Keystone Adjustment: 1D, Vertical ± 40 degrees

  • Image Size: 60″ ~ 200″ / 300″ (Clear Focus / Maximum)

  • Horizontal Frequency: 15K-102KHz

  • Vertical Scan Rate: 23-120Hz

Picture

  • Picture Mode:

    • *** ISF Disabled: Bright / Vivid / Cinema (Rec. 709) / D. Cinema / Silence / 3D / User 1 / HDR / HLG

    • **** ISF Enabled: Bright / Vivid / Cinema (Rec. 709) / D. Cinema/ Silence / ISF Night / ISF Day

  • Color Wheel Segment: 6-Segment (RGBRGB)‎

  • Color Wheel Speed:

    • 2D: 96Hz ; 100Hz ; 120Hz

    • 3D: 120Hz

  • Rec.709 Coverage: 100%

  • DCI-P3 Coverage: 100%

Interface

  • HDMI: x2 (HDMI 2.0b & HDCP 2.2)

  • USB Type A:

    • x1 (5V/2.5A power supply)

    • x1 (USB 2.0 Media Reader/ Firmware upgrade)

    • x1 (USB 3.0 Media Reader/ Firmware upgrade)

  • USB Type mini B: x1 Firmware upgrade

  • Audio out (3.5mm Mini Jack) : x1 

  • LAN (RJ45) : x1 RJ-45 LAN input jack (10/100M)

  • RS232 (DB-9pin) : x1 RS232 In (D-sub 9pin, male)

  • DC 12V Trigger (3.5mm Jack) : x1 (3.5mm Jack)

  • IR Receiver: x2 (Front/Top)

  • Wired Remote in (3.5mm Mini Jack) : x1

Special Feature

  • HDR: Yes (HDR10, HLG)

  • Motion Enhancer (MEMC): Yes

  • ISF Night/ Day: Yes

  • LAN control: Yes

  • CinemaMaster Video +: Yes (4K Motion Enhancer, 4K Pixel Enhancer, Color Enhancer, Flesh Tone)

Compatibility

  • HDTV Compatibility: 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 2160p

*** Default picture mode is Cinema (Rec. 709)

**** When ISF is enabled, default picture mode is ISF Night.

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass.

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