Originally Posted by Seegs108
And if you're not actually getting real 4K resolution, is the massive deficit in contrast and overall image quality worth it?
The Epson is much blurrier than the Optoma, no doubt about it. You yourself stated the 1080p mode of the Epson is sharper than the 4k enhancement mode. Unlike with the UHZ65, which is actually quite similar to native 4k for movie content from all of the pixel peeping closeup photos I have seen. So that must be taken into consideration, that the Epson is essentially a 1080p projector with an eshift mode that helps SDE but not detail much.
Re overall image quality, assuming spec extrapolation holds true
Resolution = UHZ65 wins
Contrast = LS10500 wins
Brightness = UHZ65 wins
Uniformity = UHZ65 wins
Color = Tie
RBE = Ls10500 wins
Panel Alignment = UHZ65 wins
So unless you value contrast above all else I disagree overall image quality has a clear cut winner.
The Epson is also at least $3000 more, probably closer to $4000 more after street discount. Thus that is an extra $3500 I won't have use of.
The Epson I will take a bath when trying to resell and probably lose $5k. The Optoma UHZ65 I will lose some money, but not nearly as much - I'd think $3k at most.
If the Epson was a slam dunk 4k uhd laser that beat the Optoma in every category I'd have no problem spending the money. But it's not. It's basically a 1080p laser pj for nearly double the price, and when I try to sell it im going to lose my shirt.
For a transition projector until something like a laser VW675ES becomes available under 10k, the UHZ65 just seems logically like a more intelligent purchase. Barring of course it doesn't have a terrible dynamic contrast system - though I'm hopeful after UHD65.