Originally Posted by Summa
I'll echo what Mat said. I went back and forth about 3D too, cause I just didn't know how much I'd really enjoy it. The times when I've seen 3D movies at the theater, I can't really say I was blown away. My girlfriend talked me into getting the 3D so I bought the same projector Mat did, the Epson 3010. To make a long story short, I am REALLY glad I didn't go with another 2D projector. The 3D on the Epson is bright and beautiful, and the 2D image was a signifcant step up from my Mitsubishi 4900 that I replaced.
I would also take Mat's advice about the lens shift. If you need that, go with the 5010, cause the 3D on the 3010 is absolutely affected by keystone adjustment. I never took keystoning all that seriously cause with 2D material I honestly can't see the difference, especially when I'm into the movie. But with 3D it was an easily discerned improvement when I ceiling mounted it and stopped using the keystone.
This i totally agree about. I tried the keystone on the 3010 and the image in 3d was degraded heavily. Since I wasnt using a ceiling mount I used a shelf that was hanging on the wall. This worked well with my 8500ub, but the 3010 wouldn't work without keystoning it. So basically turned the 3010 upside down and set it on a microfiber towel to protect the outer case and matched the middle of the lens to the top of my screen and it matched up perfectly.
I did this because it keeps the projector out of the way and I didn't like how you would have to lower the mount to match the top of the screen. My screen is actually 4 feet away from the ceiling so for me its a significant drop, but not so much for other people.
langers_2004 when you say your looking at the optoma, which model is that? If your referring to the 3d one, then you need to remember you also need to purchase glasses for them, which will make the cost more than the epson.
I honestly love epson because of the customer service. They will replace blown bulbs, units super fast and its a 2 year warranty. The warranty is definitely worth it.
If you decide against 3d, look for a 8350.
Lastly, be extra cautious about purchasing a projector second hand. If the warranty was used or registered then you loose that warranty since its not transferable. If the original owner never used it or registered it, then you are in luck. Almost all projector manufactures are this strict on there warranty, so just keep that in mind.
Either way you will be blown away by a 2d or 3d projector if you've never had one before. I have a 54 plasma and after watching movies on the projector my plasma looks extremely small!
If you have any other questions, just ask. Also you might want to checkout bestbuy since they do demo projectors, that way you can see what they look like in person.