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post #1 of 10 Old 01-04-2013, 01:36 PM - Thread Starter
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i am trying to decide between the Epson 5020 and the Panasonic 8000.
I will have almost total light control in my HT
My screen is 130" but thinking of going down to 120"
will be used for 100% blurays and some very minor gaming.

which one should i go with?

and why?


Thanks for your help
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-05-2013, 10:04 AM
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Epson, it's brighter for 3D has less ghosting and better blacks. It's often sometimes a tad sharper (since no smoothscreen).
Longer warranty as well I believe.


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of those 2, go with Epson,


Keep in mind you can also get the sony HW50ES for 2999, which makes it a strong contender as well.
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If you're set on those, get the 5020. I saw one and it looks great.

And now for the point you'll likely hear from most people in this forum: consider a JVC, even a previous model. If you're not interested in best-in-class 3D, you can have the RS40 or RS45 for between $1750 and $2500. 3D is still good, but 2D is where these projectors trump all else. My RS20 still puts out a better picture than most new stuff, save for a bit of motion blur due to slower panels. Just something to chew on!

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Where can I get the hw50es for 2999?
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I bought both and returned one.

- Epson has more pronounced screendoor effect. If you don't like that, Panny's better.
- Epson was a lot louder. If you're sitting near the projector and care about noise, Panny's better.
- Epson had crap lens shift controls, but that doesn't matter after you've set it up.
- Epson (at least the unit I had) had a serious firmware bug with HDMI CEC that basically bricked the projector when HDMI-Link was turned on.

If none of the above are issues for you, I'd call it a toss up, slight edge to Epson for blacks.

As for me, I returned the Epson and kept the Panny. Loving it.

Don't go for a dirt cheap retailer. Use a good one, authorized. 2 out of 3 specimens I received were defective in some way or another and had to be returned.
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The lens memory feature is an advantage for the Panasonic if you want to use a CIH setup.
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post #8 of 10 Old 03-05-2013, 10:38 AM
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"Don't go for a dirt cheap retailer. Use a good one, authorized. 2 out of 3 specimens I received were defective in some way or another and had to be returned.ReplyQuote Multi 0 "


All the more reason to make AVS your first stop and likely last stop when purchasing your projector! wink.gif


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"Don't go for a dirt cheap retailer. Use a good one, authorized. 2 out of 3 specimens I received were defective in some way or another and had to be returned.ReplyQuote Multi 0 "


All the more reason to make AVS your first stop and likely last stop when purchasing your projector! wink.gif


Great service and nice pricing to boot!


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post #10 of 10 Old 03-05-2013, 02:05 PM
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Where can I get the hw50es for 2999?

Talk to Mike at AVS, I think you might be surprised at what you hear. Also there is rumor of a price increase or the free bulb promotion going away, so act fast. smile.gif
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