Originally Posted by slyfox1323
First post here, even though I have been visiting the site for years mainly in audio. I am currently looking to be getting a projector.
However I have a few questions.
1.Is the pro 1080UB the same as the EMP-TW2000? Is there any differences?
2. Also, I have seen on here a few times people impressed w/ the 3 year warranty on this projector. I know a warranty is nice, but is there a reliability issue with owning a projector? How long do they last? I know you have to replace bulbs, but is there other known issues with LCD projectors having to be repaired, etc...
3. Also, I was thinking of getting a Carada BW (1.4 gain) 106" screen. Will this screen be too bright w/ this projector?
thanks for any help. I sure could use it and I am sure I will be asking more.
The Pro 1080UB and the EMP-TW2000 are the same. The latter is the European version of the U.S. Pro. I'm not sure if the warranties cross over, however. In other words, if you buy a European EMP-TW2000 and want it serviced in the U.S., I'm not sure how that works and visa versa.
Past LCDs have had some issues with panel discoloration and overall life. With the older LCD front projectors, the panels often begin to degrade and discolor after three or four thousand hours or so of use. It is speculated that improper cooling and high heat has a lot to do with that. However, my understanding is that the latest generation of panels (D6, D7) do not degrade like that. Since they haven't been out long enough for a track record, I don't know if that's accurate.
LCD projectors also have other issues that can spring up. One is "color uniformity" Both my LCD projectors have developed varying degrees of this problem as the projectors aged. My current projector -- the Sony HS51 with a total of 1500 hours -- has a slight blue tint on the left image side and a slight pink tint on the right. It is not that noticeable unless the image is mostly white.
Another issue is mis-convergence. This is a hit or miss affair. Some projectors of the same model can have good convergence while others are off by more than a pixel.
Another issue with LCD is dust blobs. My Sony HS51 has been totally dust free for over three years. Excellent in terms of dust problems. However, both the Panasonic AE2000 and the Epson 1080UB and even the Mitsubishi HC6000 have had reported dust blobs.
The above issues are considered "grey areas" with manufacturers. Some mis-convergences, color uniformity problems and even dust blobs are considered "within specifications" by manufacturers. The degree may vary, but you will never get a "perfect" LCD projector. I don't have enough experience to tell you which manufacturers are more willing to service those issues.
From my experience, LCD projectors have come a long way from even six or seven years ago when I bought my first -- a Sony VPL-VW10HT (I can't believe I paid $8400 for that). Back then dust was everywhere and color uniformity was awful. Today, LCD projectors are MUCH better and have far fewer problems. And I assume that the latest generation -- such as the Epson 1080 UB -- will be even better. I hope so. My 1080 UB arrives on Friday.
I've heard good things about the screen you mentioned, but I have no experience with it. I currently have a DaLite High Power screen. I've calculated my projector angle and gain to be about 1.6 in the center seating area. Since my projector placement is 18 feet back from the 106" screen, I need a little extra boost.