Originally Posted by Smarty-pants
I currently use the Epson Home Cinema 400. Am I correct in thinking that you owned that same pj at one time??
Seeing as how you seem to have the tech specs figured out, I'm curious if you would know how the Epson would compare to the 3000/4000 for lumen output.
I use the Epson at 12 feet from a 44 x 103.5 cinemascope screen with no lens, and would have to drop in a 3000/4000 right in the same spot.
Any input or help is greatly appreciated.
Mr. Pants (!):
...I've enjoyed your posts over the years and now have a chance to respond to one.
I, too, use an Epson Home Cinema 400; it is about 28 months old and we're on our second bulb. The first bulb went about 2000 hours before dimming enough that I thought we would benefit from a new one. We run on the living room setting and project onto a painted wall...and I cannot justify a professional calibration. I know I know...but we've either had a Sony large CRT in the room also (or, now, a THX Panasonic 54" plasma) that we can eyeball with the Epson projector...and quite literally, the Epson 400 (in combination with good surround sound, a Sony PS3 and an HTPC) has transformed the way we watch television, sports and movies.
Have you replaced the bulb in your 400?
I am not so happy with the new bulb; it is brighter...at first it seemed like the blue tint on one side of the screen (with pink tint on the other) was a bit worse with the new bulb (compared to the old one)...but I can sort of live with that 'problem'.
And indeed, either I got used to the blue/pink problem...or else after a few dozen hours (we're now at 300 hours)...the problem seems to have minimized.
Unfortunately, I now spot a new problem.
In the uppermost portion of the image...a little bit right of center...if I were to try to draw a cloud...a tannish-yellowish cloud...that perhaps takes up less than five percent of the entire projected image...well, if I project a solid white image (the very same kind of image that shows the blue-pink tinges)...this light tan-yellow 'cloud' is apparent.
This 'cloud' is only apparent with a white or light grey background.
Have you (or any other AVS member) seen anything like this with your 400?
I've looked around on the site and seen a few references to something like this but not too many.
Thanks...and I love AVS.