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This projector features horizontal and vertical lens shift to adjust your picture easily, and 1.5x big zoom to get the perfect fit on your screen. -johnny_miller

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Recent price drop to $1,647. Use Coupon code BENQ20 for 20% off to bring the total to $1,317.60 (+tax if applicable). Free Shipping included.

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The HT8050 features 4K UHD resolution with razor-sharp, true 8.3 million pixels, THX certified for superb cinematic performance. Rec. 709 color combined with 2200 lumens of brightness help deliver stunning 50,000:1 contrast. Use horizontal and vertical lens shift to adjust your picture easily, and 1.5x big zoom to get the perfect fit on your screen. Dual HDMI with HDMI2.0 and HDCP2.2 compatibility and whisper quiet projection that's designed for maximum enjoyment without disturbance.

All refurbs come with 1 Year Limited Warranty, 80%+ Lamp Life.
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Different category of projector. HT2550 is more entry level but 8050 is pro cinema. No comparison in build quality (this one started at $8k) however the huge flaw is that it doesn't support HDR at all (or 3D) however the blacks I've heard are a lot better with this chip compared to the newer, smaller and less expensive chip on the HT2550.

I actually had trouble deciding between the two (it would have been tougher at this price point) but I ultimately went with the HT2550 for HDR support.
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Yep. That is why BenQ thought it would be better to forgo HDR on this, one of their highest end models last year, $8k msrp. They decided to get a THX certification instead but people bought into the hype train of HDR because of what they have read about flat panel HDR and now BenQ did an abrupt about face. The editor of projector central thinks HDR is a downside in projectors. If you read the reviews this is easily compared with the Optoma 65, which is a $2k projector.

https://www.projectorcentral.com/...review.htm
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How does this compare with 2550
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Different category of projector. HT2550 is more entry level but 8050 is pro cinema. No comparison in build quality (this one started at $8k) however the huge flaw is that it doesn't support HDR at all (or 3D) however the blacks I've heard are a lot better with this chip compared to the newer, smaller and less expensive chip on the HT2550.

I actually had trouble deciding between the two (it would have been tougher at this price point) but I ultimately went with the HT2550 for HDR support.
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Price is tempting but no HDR support is a killer.
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Don't forget about 2% cb from the Bates site
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I've only had experience with entry level projectors a while back so bear with me but the comments regarding HDR support - isn't HDR, even on projectors several times more expensive, still not that great? [cnet.com] Laser ones aside, I don't recall the current state of consumer projectors to hit the brightness necessary (nowhere close to 1000 nits) for it to truly be worthwhile (especially this particular model or class), unless I'm mistaken.
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I've only had experience with entry level projectors a while back so bear with me but the comments regarding HDR support - isn't HDR, even on projectors several times more expensive, still not that great? [cnet.com] Laser ones aside, I don't recall the current state of consumer projectors to hit the brightness necessary (nowhere close to 1000 nits) for it to truly be worthwhile (especially this particular model or class), unless I'm mistaken.
Yep. That is why BenQ thought it would be better to forgo HDR on this, one of their highest end models last year, $8k msrp. They decided to get a THX certification instead but people bought into the hype train of HDR because of what they have read about flat panel HDR and now BenQ did an abrupt about face. The editor of projector central thinks HDR is a downside in projectors. If you read the reviews this is easily compared with the Optoma 65, which is a $2k projector.

https://www.projectorcentral.com/...review.htm
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Yep. That is why BenQ thought it would be better to forgo HDR on this, one of their highest end models last year, $8k msrp. They decided to get a THX certification instead but people bought into the hype train of HDR because of what they have read about flat panel HDR and now BenQ did an abrupt about face. The editor of projector central thinks HDR is a downside in projectors. If you read the reviews this is easily compared with the Optoma 65, which is a $2k projector.

https://www.projectorcentral.com/...review.htm [projectorcentral.com]
Cool, I too read that review and figured as much. Thanks for the info!
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Waiting for HT2550 with coupon..
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I've just picked up the UHD60 and had a chance to check out HDR vs nonHDR. The contrast is much better with HDR on. I don't know if that applies to other projectors though.
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From my understanding a firmware update made this HDR and 3D enabled. It would be from factory only though. Can anyone confirm?
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From my understanding a firmware update made this HDR and 3D enabled. It would be from factory only though. Can anyone confirm?
I think this rumor has been proven wrong in the previous thread here on slickdeals. They have HDR and 3D for the 9050 but not on this 8050.
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I think this rumor has been proven wrong in the previous thread here on slickdeals. They have HDR and 3D for the 9050 but not on this 8050.
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No, I've called myself and asked. The issue was that they said a couple months ago that they would 'update to add HDR.' That update was the HT9050 with a laser light source to widen the color gamut. The fallacy with the lower end projectors (my HT2550 is on order) is that even that it can accept HDR, the projector colors are on rec.709. The reviews I've read shows that they've tried to expand the gamut, but it comes up short. Especially on BT.2020. But I'm guessing even the slight expansion of colors makes the contrast look better.

Like I said other than HDR this deal rocks. I've only read good things about this. I got the HT2550 refurbished on eBay for ~$950 and earned like $~75 eBay bucks.
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