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It’s not just the premium styling which sets this UST model apart from rivals. It also boasts some advanced functionality, including geometric correction, something that appears to have trickled down from Optoma’s professional AV projection lineup. This allows you to warp an image if you have something other than a flat surface to project onto. I suspect many will find the feature useful – not everyone has the luxury of a perfectly flat wall to double as a screen. For non-cinephile viewing, perhaps at a kid’s birthday party, it can actually make the most difficult of rooms bigscreen friendly.
Another welcome user innovation is automatic dimming. A sensor placed near the light path automatically dims down the projector’s light output, to protect the peepers of the inquisitive. This will be welcome in households where small children might be tempted to take a closer look.”
I started out my viewing evaluation of the HT3550 watching regular HD programs like the animated Bojack Horseman streamed from Netflix, along with various nature docs on YouTube. With the room lighting dimmed, these programs had a clean and relatively punchy look, showing good detail and robust color. Switching over to dark room viewing and more challenging fare on Blu-ray, I next watched the 2019 horror film Midsommar. The actors’ skin tones had a very natural look and there was a wide range of green hues visible in the rural landscape where the action takes place. In a scene where the community members select a May Queen, the bundles of flowers that comprise her costume came across as notably vibrant and varied. I did note slight “pumping” from the projector’s dynamic iris on this movie when that feature set to High, though the same effect disappeared when switched to Low.”
The 3D effect is convincing, delivering a great sense of depth and space while limiting crosstalk ghosting noise to only the most extreme image content (such as bright text on a dark background). The picture retains sufficient brightness and detail levels are high (although 3D playback is, as expected, restricted to Full HD). Motion avoids that juddery or sickly look sometimes associated with 3D, and I wasn’t aware of any flickering effect from the glasses (so long as you’re viewing in a dark room). Finally, the experience wasn’t the least bit fatiguing. If only 3D had always looked this good. ”
For starters, I’d argue that no flat-panel television can give you the same experience that a high-quality projector, and even as large as they’ve gotten recently, no realistically affordable TV can match the sheer screen-size potential of a two-piece projection system. Granted, this is where microLED is forecast to take over, offering a modular and scalable solution that brings together the best of both worlds: massive image size and reference image quality.
But, for the foreseeable future, I have serious doubts about microLED replacing home theater projectors. At CEDIA this fall, Samsung showed off their 146-inch variant of The Wall, the company’s flagship microLED display. On paper, the specs are pretty impressive. It offers up to 1,600 nits of full-field peak image brightness, wide color gamut capabilities, and nearly infinite contrast. But, in practice, microLED still has some limitations that I don’t think work well for home theater-type installations. The most visible of these issues I witnessed firsthand at CEDIA.”