Originally Posted by vivithemage
for some reason the site isn't sending me emails you guys posted!
So the Epson 8350 trumps the pro 8200 in terms of blacks?
Are those little 720p LED projectors any good? I don't mind spending the money for the 8200 to get the 1080p ...
That info is not correct, the epson 8350 and pro8200 are about the same on black levels. Epson has more expensive models that do have better blacks.
The problem with the epson 8350 is that it has many problems, short bulb life, iris issue, convergence issue, dust blob issue.
And did you notice the guy that recommended it say, you might have to return it many times, and you get refurb.
And why get refurb?
At least with the pro8200 you are getting it NEW, has 3 year warranty and is cheaper than NEW epson 8350.
Also the pro8200 has 20 watts of internal speakers and comes with carrying case, and you can use it in many lighting conditions.
It is true the epson 8350 has lens shift, but that is just for someone who can't go straight back from screen and mount it. They have to be to one side of the room.
The epson 8350 is heavy, big unit, and the pro8200 is smaller, lighter and more portable.
Put it this way, you are lucky if you get 1,000 hours on bulb with epson 8350, with expensive bulb replacement.
Compare that with 6,000 hours on the pro8200 with 200 dollar bulb replacement.
Read amazon reviews on both and look in this forum room for epson 8000 issues.
The thing is, do you want a epson with known problems that for 2 years epson will keep replacing because of all the issues, or one that is more reliable with long lasting bulb life and 3 year warranty. And 300-400 dollars cheaper (new unit to new unit comparision).
There are other models to look into, keep researching and ask more questions.
Both are good units, but, after 2 years, it would be expensive to fix the epson or replace bulb every 1,000 hours at around 300 dollar a pop. Think about it.
Now some people get lucky with epson, but , even many that like epson, don't like having to replace them so much.
p.s. I own both a LG pa70g led PJ (399 dollars) and pro8200 (650 dollars) . Both are great for me. In my bedroom at night the pa70g works on about 80 inch screen, and I can turn it on and off anytime and get 30,000 hours on LED's.
The pro8200 I use in more lighting conditions on bigger screen sizes. For example, I went to my friends house a few months ago when I first got my LG pa70g , and took both PJ's to game on. But we couldn't use the pa70g because during the day, even with curtains closed the picture looked too washed out. The pro8200 looked great and we played on that PJ split screen. If I was gonna use it for group football games or multiplayer gaming/ blu ray movie watching, the pro8200 is awesome. For alone viewing in bedroom, at night in dark room, the pa70g is nice for quick on and off.