I have decided to move on from my good old Epson 8350 and enter the 3D era. My budget is approximately $2750 and so the best choices seem to be the Epson 5030UB and the Sony VPL-HW40ES. Now that the CEDIA 2014 news has come out and Epson seems to not be introducing a new model in this range, I guess the fight is on.
Since gaming is going to be very important to me, I am leaning towards the Sony even though it will be more expensive. It should look better than the Epson even in its fastest input mode.
If you're in the same boat, let me know what you think.
I already know and like Epsons in general, and know mounting will work
RF glasses, and allegedly better 3D than the Sony
2 glasses included
Better black levels than the Sony
I think the specs say bulb life is better than the Sony
Cheaper overall once you factor in glasses
Some screen door effect (which I do see on my 8350, though it doesn't bug me)
No gaming mode but "fast mode
" is 37 ms lag at the cost of a softer picture
Louder (but not bad)
Better color accuracy
Lower input lag at 26.5 ms
Brighter in all modes
Built in panel adjustment lets the user correct for small convergence errors
No screen door effect (which I think I will enjoy once I see it)
IR glasses, RF is extra cost via 3rd party gear
No glasses included
More expensive once you buy glasses
Blacks not as good due to no dynamic iris (but I don't much like the iris on my 8350 anyway, though maybe the 5030 is better)
Less flexible placement (but still probably OK for my existing mount)
Not as bright as the 5030 (I have seen conflicting reports on this)
Here is an article discussing the duo, and the author concludes the Sony is better.