A couple of weeks ago I found a Grandview 120” wall mount BNIB for $400 on my local Kijij/Craigslist site. Having just moved from condo to a new house and not enjoying what I’d have to spend for a top end 65” Panasonic I thought I try something new. Things spiraled out of control until last night when my wife picked up our new Epson 6020 on the way home.
I have got to say this thing was shocking coming out of the box. As this is my first projector and having not really seen one up close before I was surprised at the size. That isn't a bad thing but coming from portable work projectors this thing is a monster. It was double boxed looked well supported. Inside was the extra bulb, a mount, 2 pairs of glasses, a remote and the back cover. I didn't even know there was a back cover and with it on this thing’s got kind of Star Trek TNG vibe to it. The mount that comes with it is pretty impressive to. I had bought a Monoprice mount when I wasn't sure which projector I was going to get and when you put the two beside each other it’s pretty funny. I know they both do the same job but the Epson one is just pretty to look at. One thing that was annoying as it comes with no mounting hardware. Even a $20 wall mount from Monoprice comes with hardware.
Other projectors I considered include the Panasonic 8000, JVC X35, and the Sony HW50.I went with the Epson over the Panasonic because of the black levels and having dealt with Panasonic's warranty process before I just can't be bothered. I thought the JVC looked amazing but considering I'm setting this up in a media/family room I think the Epson is the better choice. I wish I could have spent some time with a HW50 but there are none around and again Epson's 3 year replacement warranty on the 6020 is just amazing from what I can tell. I originally looking at the 5020 but considering the 6020 comes with an extra year of warranty, extra bulb and that mount it wasn't much of a stretch to get the 6020.
One thing I’ve taken away from this whole experience is how picky the internet and online reviews can be. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing because someone has to be the winner but all of those projectors are great and the differences between them aren’t that big. If you were to buy any of those projectors based on your requirements you’re going to be a happy camper.
I spent some time last night playing video games and the input lag isn't much of an issue in my opinion. I played COD and some other FPS and what little lag I notice I'm sure I'll compensate for after a few weeks. I didn’t mess with any setting so maybe switching to game mode will fix whatever I did notice. Playing the games made me feel a little dizzy at first sitting 14' away but I guess I'll get use to that? I watched some Brave, Terminator Salvation, True Grit, and Planet Earth to test it out. Considering the 120" screen is leaning against a wall and the Epson is on the coffee table I was hugely impressed with how it looked. I really can't get over how big this picture is and how good it looks. I'm coming from a 55" Samsung back-lit 9 Series so I guess that explains a bit. Although the picture on the Samsung is no slouch there is no replacement for displacement.
I’m going to get this thing mounted this week but I need some input on projector placement. I’ve included everything over in the General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms here
. Any input is appreciated. Here are some pictures because I know I enjoy other peoples picture more than review shots or manufacture photos.
And just for the hell of it here is the new room.