It’s a high-output model with 3000 ANSI lumens, a .47” TI chip that quad-shifts up to 3840×2160 resolution, HDR10, and 3D. It’s just been delivered and I can’t wait to put it through its paces.
Thanks to the aforementioned DLP chip, it’s now possible to manufacture an excellent projector that delivers phenomenal Ultra HD clarity for just $1500. It was only a year or two ago that I marveled at high-performing 1080p models selling for under $1000. Now, it’s almost a no-brainer to make the jump to Ultra HD.
The TK800 is a counterpart to the HT2550 which I reviewed recently. In fact, the two models differ only in their outward appearance and color wheel type. The less-bright HT2550 uses an RGBRGB wheel for better color accuracy. But that approach costs some output. The TK800 has an RGBW wheel which admits more light from the same 240-watt UHP lamp, resulting in 26% more brightness. It’s the perfect solution for multi-use media rooms where the lights are left on or there are windows present.
With an all-glass, seven-element lens, and a single-chip light engine, I expect to see the same high level of clarity I saw in the HT2550. My initial impressions are beyond favorable. The TK800 has an amazing image that easily rivals what I’ve seen from native Ultra HD projectors from Sony and JVC. That it costs a fraction of those premium displays is just icing on the cake.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be checking out 1080p, Ultra HD, and even a few 3D Blu-rays. Is the TK800 the reason to make the jump to Ultra HD in your theater or media room? Watch this space to find out!