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post #1141 of 1163 Old 01-28-2015, 07:27 AM
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I am going to be buying a new projector and I can get a 1.5 year old 3020 with less than 100 hours of usage for $850. Would this be better than getting a new Benq W1070? The projector will be going in a dedicated home theater with total light control. Thanks.
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Epson Home Enema 3020 Project: Getting Closer

Hoping ceiling fan does'nt block projection. Otherwise will have to re-locate and install ceiling fan
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Anyone have any good calibration settings? I'm having a hard time finding any full settings by searching google, only partial settings. Mine is in a dedicated dark media room. Thanks for any help!!!
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http://www.projectorreviews.com/epso...-and-settings/


This a good start. Also buy Disney WOW calibration disc.
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If I am understanding the projector setup correctly, in order to not have any keystone correction, the projector needs to be centered horizontally (obvious) and centered vertically along the bottom screen edge, or screen top (depending on floor or ceiling mounting [not so obvious]). One would think that dead center would be both vertical and horizontal for no keystone correction.

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If I am understanding the projector setup correctly, in order to not have any keystone correction, the projector needs to be centered horizontally (obvious) and centered vertically along the bottom screen edge, or screen top (depending on floor or ceiling mounting [not so obvious]). One would think that dead center would be both vertical and horizontal for no keystone correction.
Correct. Horizontally, the lens should be dead center of your screen. Wrt vertical alignment there may be an inch or so offset as you move further back. Check Projector Central's calculator to confirm.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/projection-calculator-pro.cfm
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Thanks for the info. The Projector Central calculator does not have an offset value. So, how does one determine that? Put up the projector, get it level, project, set the zoom, put up the screen?

EDIT: Just looked at the manual again and for 100" screen, the offset is .1". Ya, like that is going to an exact science when putting in the projector and screen.

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I am going to be buying a new projector and I can get a 1.5 year old 3020 with less than 100 hours of usage for $850. Would this be better than getting a new Benq W1070? The projector will be going in a dedicated home theater with total light control. Thanks.
An important thing to keep in mind is that both manufacturers listed lumen and contrast specs aren't often true, and both of these models in reality feature very similar contrast and brightness. If you NEED to mount farther back from a smaller screen or can't mount the projector near the screen's top (slightly above the screen) the 3020 is a good option.

Otherwise, it really doesn't have much/any advantage over the w1070 which is better at fast-motion, very accurate out-of-the-box, cleaner for 3D, has better response-time for gaming, shows less pixel-gaps (if you sit closer or like a really big screen), is brand-new with a full warranty and still costs ~$200 less than the used 3020.

If you decide you need LCD or the extra mounting flexibility (maybe you decide to rear-shelf-mount instead of ceiling mount..) and if you'd rather an equally inexpensive NEW option, the Epson 8345 is a good alternative for under $900.

Simple <$250 dedicated black-fabric theater room, build in a day, takedown in an hour.
Easy $25-40 DIY black/dark-grey ambient-light rejecting screen, grab two things from a local store..mix..roll..done.
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How are the blacks on this compared to the 8350?
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How are the blacks on this compared to the 8350?
They're pretty evenly matched, but using the 8350/8345 with the dynamic iris on might be less bothersome (the 3020 iris can be annoyingly loud) so the 8350/8345 has an advantage (or 3 if you count its faster input time, more flexible lens-shift zoom, and generally much lower price).

If you're looking at getting an 8350, look at the 8345 instead..it measures the same contrast, brightness and PQ but fixes some lamp-life issues and often is priced lower.

If you've already got the 8350 and are asking about replacing it, you might consider the Panasonic ae8000 which has dropped down to about $1600 (clearance from previous $2000-2500) and offers significantly better contrast and blacks, quieter operation, and less pronounced inter-pixel gaps.
It's the least expensive big step up in picture quality.

Simple <$250 dedicated black-fabric theater room, build in a day, takedown in an hour.
Easy $25-40 DIY black/dark-grey ambient-light rejecting screen, grab two things from a local store..mix..roll..done.
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I have the 3020 and looks very sharp in the center, but going to the sides,looks a little soft. I dont have a edge to edge full focus and im tired of people saying that issue is not noticeable in video and only in text....so whats the meaning of full hd? a focus loss is the worst enemy for HD. I want to open my pj and take out the lens, i see some holes around the lens that maybe can focus the left and right of the image better, but im affraid of getting it worse.
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Hi,

I am in the process of setting up my home theater. I bought the refurbished epson 3020. When I went through the menu the resolution says 1024 x 768 and I cannot change it. Is there a menu where I can change the resolution?
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I am in the process of setting up my home theater. I bought the refurbished epson 3020. When I went through the menu the resolution says 1024 x 768 and I cannot change it. Is there a menu where I can change the resolution?
You need to change the source resolution.
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You need to change the source resolution.
Thanks for your input. How do I change the aspect ratio. From the Menu I cannot change the aspect ratio. All the menu under that are disabled. The aspect Ratio says Normal, but when I select that I cannot select any other aspect ratio.
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Thanks for your input. How do I change the aspect ratio. From the Menu I cannot change the aspect ratio. All the menu under that are disabled. The aspect Ratio says Normal, but when I select that I cannot select any other aspect ratio.
I'm talking from my 5010 here, but doubt yours will be any different.
You cannot change the aspect ratio when using a hdmi source.
To change it you'd have to change the source aspect ratio.
I use a HTPC so I'm able to adjust the ratio as I please.
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Does anyone has any experience with 3D issues? Recently I tried to watch 'Guardians of the Galaxy' but the 3020 didn't 'recognize' the 3D stream. I have a Oppo BD93 and a Marantz AV8801. I've watched a 3D movie maybe a year back without issues. Any thoughts?
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I have a Epson 3020 that is less than a year old and otherwise performs well.
but
Can anyone tell me what causes a small whitish rectangular image (looks like a disk) that appears above and on the right side of the letterbox image from time to time.

It is quite annoying!

This occurs while watching DVD. Otherwise there os no problem with the video throughout the viewing.
I have scanned the manual and can find no reference to this.
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Hi fellas. I've had the 3020 for about 8 months now (bought it brand new).

I'm having problems with the fan noise. It is getting loud enough that it is very very apparent in low to medium-low movie scenes.

Is anyone else having this problem? From what I've researched, there are almost no issues with the fan noise.

What should I do?

BTW, the projector is right above where I sit and is in a box of sorts. The backside and front side are open so I'd say theres a good amount of air circulation?


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I mounted my EPSON 3020 projector and also the 120 inch screen. It looks amazing. But I cannot figure out why this is happening. On the top right the image is not straight. Attached images. I tried everything and on the left top it is fine.
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I mounted my EPSON 3020 projector and also the 120 inch screen. It looks amazing. But I cannot figure out why this is happening. On the top right the image is not straight. Attached images. I tried everything and on the left top it is fine.
I believe the issue is that your projector is not level and the whole picture is skewed. I happened to see your picture searching for a solution to my issue when I noticed the upper left corner of your picture displaying a distinct line of colors that does not blend with just below it. My issue is in this forum, title "Epson Home Cinema 3020 vertical image shift and wrap" (Can't post a link, new member)


Yours is just on the left which lead me to believe your projector is skewed as the band tappers off into the black as it goes right, disappearing in the shadow casted on your screen. If you cut that part off and paste it below, (As in the images attached) the colors there match up perfectly with the guy in the lower left. If I'm right, those top lines belong at the bottom of your screen displaying the same issue I'm having.
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A little follow up on my many replacement projectors.

I hope I don't hex it, BUT the last one send seems to be the last one need.

SO far this one has NOT gone bad. I am just about one month from the last of my extended warr.

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No luck with 3D viewing on my 3020

I purchased my Epson 3020 in February of 2013. Loved it, then all of a sudden the 3D image was so horrible with ghosting it was unwatchable. Luckily, my 2-year warranty was 2 weeks shy of expiring. They sent me a replacement and all was good - beautiful 3D image. Now, only 5 months later, the 3D image is now just lines of noise/static (I'd describe it as snowy). I was on the phone with tech and they determined that it's definitely a hardware issue with the projector. Of course my warranty is now expired and they won't send me a replacement even though this particular machine is only 5 months old. Basically they sent me a faulty machine. They're telling me there's nothing they can do except recommend me going to a repair shop. Not really sure how I'm feeling about Epson right now.
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Well, I got my projector (reman) on ebay, unit has a bad iris.

Seller and I worked it out and he will reimburse me for the cost of return shipping back to Epson. Epson shipped out a new unit...

BUT...

New unit arrived from California and now this one won't even turn on. Just flashing Lamp/Temp lights (red) and service guy from Epson (Jack, nice to work with) is escalating to 3rd level support.

So now I have one 3020 with a bad auto-iris (noisy and drops to the error screen after 5 min if I enable auto iris) and one that is DOA.

Neither of these came in boxes with any obvious signs of damage.

the one I demo'd from the local dealer (who was OUT!!! which is why I bought online) worked perfect. But, he would not sell me his demo unit.
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