I'm in the process of purchasing my first projector/screen after realizing that a 65" plasma just wasn't giving me the immersion i was looking for. I've been reading the forums/reviews (Art F.) and following the timelines of the impending releases of the Sony VPL-HW50ES and the Epson 5020/6020.
The projector will be going in the basement rec room - which has a few windows due to it being a walk out basement. In the process of purchasing light controlled blinds, etc. but don't want to turn the rec room into a completely dark cave while watching football. Currently when watching movies on the plasma all the lights are out and its very dark in the evening, but during the day, we've hung up curtains to block some of the sunlght to reduce glare from the glass screen. (brand new home - so still moving in
My question is will the Sony provide enough brightness for during the day casual viewing (sunday football)? I was intiially sold on the epson, but i am a gamer and the dicussions regarding the lag made me very concerend. Also, seeing both the HW30ES and the Epson 6010 in action - i thought the Epson was rather soft and the Sony had much more pop/color/detail (both were in light controlled dark demo rooms at the store)
I've purchased a Black Diamon Zero Edge 108" screen with 1.4 gain. I'm hoping that will make the Sony deliver and provide a bright image in non-cave like conditions.
I've already installed the mount (@ 15ft from screen), and currently my main viewing couch is about 12ft from the screen.
Screen should arrive tomorrow or next week - and eagerly awaiting launch of the new projectors (can't get here soon enough!)
Blu-Ray AND 3d Blu-Ray Movies (usually nightime viewing)
Xbox/Ps3 (Madden, CoD, etc)
FiOS casual viewing (day and night)