I started this quest for help on the Epson 5020 owner’s thread. Now that I returned the 5020 after 5 days of ownership I am once again uncommitted. I am hoping for a broader range of feedback by starting a new thread.
First off, I loved the Epson’s 2d performance. I am upgrading from an Epson 1080UB. Granted, I am halfway through the bulb’s life on the 1080UB. But going back left me wanting. The 1080UB is still impressively sharp. But man, I want the 5020 back for its incredible blacks and pop and brightness. I want it back bad.
So why did I returned it? I thought the 3d was mostly unwatchable. I want to know what went wrong.
Is it because I was connecting it through wireless hdmi, an ActionTec MyWirelessTV system? I don’t have enough experience to know. I do know that the wireless device seemed to work great on both projectors in 2d.
Except I noticed from my PC as a source, there was a noticeable delay with the computer mouse on the 5020. Not so with my old trooper the 1080UB. I am guessing there is increase in delay because of more video processing going on. I am not a gamer interested in micro seconds, but I do want a reasonably responsive computer mouse.
But I also had to max out the sound delay on my sound system for the delay to not be bothersome during a movie with the 5020.
But the 5020 is wildly regarded as the best picture in the price range. I have no comparison experience but I have no problem with agreeing with that statement. The 2d picture was awesome. I loved it. I loved it a lot.
But 3d was mostly choppy, jittery, mostly unwatchable. If this is the best that 3d can get for a pj in this price range, I am disappointed. Yes, the potato cod in the IMAX Under the Sea video was amazing. One scene. With a slow moving object. How nice.
If this is the best 3d gets for the price range? I would rather have a pj with similar 2d performance as the 5020 but without the 3d premium price. Is there such a projector?
That being said, I am also stuck with a 12ft distance and also require a 45in height for 16:9 and a 120+ diagonal for widescreen. The only 2 pj’s I see on the market with that range is the Epson 5020 and the Panny 8000.
I might very well buy the Epson again. I don’t know. I feel a little guilty for returning it. But there are no display rooms to compare. I was forced to do this.
So, any other suggestions?
45 height for 16:9? 123 diagonal for widescreen? Tolerable 3d? Does that exist? Or should I just get a new bulb for my tried and trusty 1080ub? Or should I get a passive 3d LG 65 inch flat pannel?
DLP doesn’t seem to have the throw distance I need in projectors.