Join Date: Jul 2004
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I have very similar room as the original poster. The room is mutli use so I have a white ceiling, ligher carpet and a medium shade of paint on the wall. The room is in the basement though so I do have total light control. I watch a lot of different content. For movies the room has minimal lighting so simulate the movie theater experience, however, when I watch NFL or other HDTV content we have a fair amount of directional pot lighting turned on over the seating area. I have a 110" Stewart Firehawk screen which does an excellent job of knocking down stray light. I ended up getting the Sony HW50 and am very happy with the picture on all content. Satellite HDTV and sports, Bluray and 3d. We don't do any gaming.
I did demo the Epson 5020 and last years Sony HW30 prior to purchase. They were at the same location but in different rooms so it was a close as I could get to A/B testing. I viewed the same varied content on both. In the end, for me the Sony was the choice especially knowing the HW50 was going to be brighter than last years model I was viewing. I preferred the overall picture, however, I am not a huge fan of the wide pixel spacing on LCD. That combined with the fact that the Epson I viewed had horrendous convergence really turned me off. The price difference for me when you include the free lamp was about $300 more for the SonyHW50.
Like previous posters have said in this thread (and all threads of this type), best thing is to demo the models yourself and bring your own content to view so at least that is consistent between the testing.
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