Originally Posted by cwilson
I own an Epson 6010 and have been thrilled with its performance in my dedicated theater. I suspect that someone who has other interests in addition to home theater would get a very distorted idea of the quality of the various projectors by reading threads like this one. Presumably any of the primary contenders in the $3000-$3500 price range - Epson, Sony, JVC - would look pretty close in performance to 99% of the viewers.
Lots of crap being slung here.
My 5 year old half-blind pet monkey disagrees with you. They are all good projectors, but some are better in some ways than other ways. Every projector has its strengths and weaknesses.
Only if you also believe that people cannot tell the difference between different TV's, like comparing a rear-projection TV to a Plasma to an LCD/LED.
LCOS and LCD produce different looks to 99% of viewers. Every one of my friends or family (and most are not techies), can easily tell the difference between an Epson and a JVC. I've had as many as 6 projectors mounted in the same room at once. Now for them to tell the difference between a DLP and an LCOS is more difficult, but that is because the difference here is more subtle in bright scenes, but more so in darker scenes. If I play darker scenes they can tell the difference between a JVC and DLP as well.Why can people see the difference between an Epson and LCOS?
Because LCOS has a different look to it, it's smoother looking, but if I moved people back far enough from the screen (say 1.5x screen width), then they'd have more difficult discerning the difference. Also, some people will notice the IRIS, though most don't unless you point it out.
As the other poster noted, the Epson has 30+ MS or more lag than the Sony, for competitive FPS gamers, the Sony is better. The Sony has a better IRIS, the IRIS isn't as noticeable as the Epson's IRIS. The Sony has a higher pixel-fill, if you sit close enough to the screen, the Sony looks more film-like. The Epson arguably has better 3D than the Sony (most would think so), but other than that, the Sony looks better in 2D.
No crap being slung, this is the truth if you bought both projectors and properly A/B'd them, unless you used your 5-year old half-blind pet monkey, then results may vary or YMMV.
Originally Posted by cwilson
The Epson 10 series you mentioned competed with the 30es and from what I can tell Epson beat it hands down. The Epson 20 series competes with the 50es, The Epson improved the color, black levels, 3D etc. So they are pretty much on equal footing hence why I'm not sure where the extra $1000 goes.
The two projectors have different advantages/disadvantages. The Sony has a smoother look, the Epson has a brighter torch mode. However, in best modes, the Epson isn't as bright as the Sony (though the difference isn't huge).