Originally Posted by AV_Integrated
The 8350 is a great projector. To replace it with a W1070... well, it's not something I would do. Kind of a side step IMO.
I would replace it with a better model. Something like the Sony 40ES, which has the lens shift, but kicks up the rest. Very quiet, great image, minimal inter-pixel gap, a serious step up in contrast. Oh, and you get 3D.
The W1070 is going to be noisier, and has a very different look than LCD which you may not find appealing. The possibility for RBE issues is also possible. You do get 3D with the W1070, which is nice, and overall I would expect a slightly better image, but not night and day difference. The 8350 is no slouch of a projector which is why, after all these years, it's still available (or the relabeled 8345).
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Thanks for the reply!
Given the constraints of my room / screen, I figured it would be tough, especially since the placement flexibility of the current PJ is such a huge benefit to me.
I spent some time last night moving my ceiling mount and experimenting with the placement of the Epson - moved it up about 1' (from projecting at 14' to projecting at 13') and was easily able to square the image on both the 110" 16 x 9 screen and also the 126" 2.35-1 screen (my fixed screen is actually a custom build of 54"h x 116"w - which I use magnetic masks to form the 16x9 image and then zoom out and remove the masks for 2.35-1 movies). That new ceiling placement was as far as I could go without re-running the ceiling installed cables...I am kicking myself again from not installing a tube in the ceiling for future cable runs, but when I built this 9 years ago it seemed like overkill already to have composite, component, S-video, DVI and HDMI...ah, the joys of lack of foresight!
The image quality on re-calibration was still very good - no 3D, but honestly I can easily make do with the 3D TV for that and I don't use it enough to upgrade everything yet...but still that Sony ES40 at $2K from Best Buy really got me thinking about it - much to the chagrin of my wife!
I think in the end I'll be staying pat....but man oh man...EVERYTIME I come to these threads I start getting that upgrade bug urge...LOL, some habits die hard! Thanks again for the response to a very old thread bump, appreciated!