Almost an Epson 5030UB owner
I hope you don't mind that I'm a non-owner with questions to help me make a decision for buying this projector. I was almost ready to push the button on the Sony VPL-HW40ES, but after reading issues of non-uniform focusing issues, flickering lamps, and a possible issue with contrast/color deterioration associated with LCOS panels as they age (after just 500 hours!), I became hesitant. I am now looking at the Epson and want to ask users here how satisfied they are with it. Are there any significant issues to be aware of?
I have a dedicated basement theater with controlled lighting. My screen is 130 in. diagonal. The projector lens is 19 ft. away on a back shelf (with most of the unit hidden behind a wall.) and the lens is at the same height as the top edge of the screen. My first row of seats is about 10 to 12 ft, from the screen. I currently have a Studio Experience 13-HD 3-LCD projector, that seemed to be best in it's class in 2003. I still think it has an incredible picture, and only installed my first replacement bulb in it this last December! It works as good as new, but I want to upgrade now, and need an HDMI input. I essentially only watch 2D Blu-ray movies, and not into gaming or 3D content at this time.
I am sure to be blown away by the Epson. I don't notice screen door effect with the current projector and hope that the SD effect will not be noticeable for me. Also, since I have a darkened theater, I am expecting to use lamp on a lower brightness mode so that fan noise is minimized. I do worry about dust blobs Does that plague this projector? If, so is it possible to clean it out? Thanks for any advice you can give me or your experience with this projector over time.