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Hello gurus, I am thinking of upgrading my current Epson Home Cinema 720 from 2005. It has a new bulb with only ~325 hours on it and it looks great. I use it for occasional bluray and HDTV in a dedicated theater bonus room that is also used for a kids room.

I am thinking of upgrading to an Epson 2030 or the viewsonic 7820HD. My question is, is this a substantial difference between what I have now? If so which projector do you recommend? The Epson is about 200 more but both have received good reviews. One is LCD and one is DLP, I'm not sure if I am sensitive to rainbows or not.
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first piece of advice, make your thread title relevant to your question, so people enter the thread and read it...

as for what projector to get, I'd try and find a local retailer that is demoing the units, and see fro yourself if the upgrade is worth it.
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Hello gurus, I am thinking of upgrading my current Epson Home Cinema 720 from 2005. It has a new bulb with only ~325 hours on it and it looks great. I use it for occasional bluray and HDTV in a dedicated theater bonus room that is also used for a kids room.

I am thinking of upgrading to an Epson 2030 or the viewsonic 7820HD. My question is, is this a substantial difference between what I have now? If so which projector do you recommend? The Epson is about 200 more but both have received good reviews. One is LCD and one is DLP, I'm not sure if I am sensitive to rainbows or not.

Why the 7820HD?
This projector is probably brighter than you need it?

I would maybe look at the Optoma hd131xe or the Acer h6510 instead, or maybe a refurbished projector on Ebay (and add a square trade warranty). You can get refurb Viewsonic Pro8200's for around $600 on Ebay. The 7820HD isn't bad, these others are a little more of a home theater projector with slightly better contrast, whereas the 7820HD focuses purely on max LUMENS per lamp wattage at the sacrifice of contrast.

Now if you really need the 3000 lumens the 7820HD is capable of, then go for it, but I have doubts you need it that bright (even in best mode the 7820HD is over 2000 lumens).

Out of all these units, I think the Optoma hd131xe would be my choice, and as a bonus it has good 3D.


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Thanks for the reply! Im throwing a 120" screen at 11' so I think the 1130x can't do that correct? I'll definitely check out those other options!
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