Originally Posted by jhughy2010
Thanks Ftoast. I think I'm gonna have to get a screen. My walls have a pretty good texture to them.
I'm pretty much sold on this projector unless new reviews talk me out of it.
In what way will the 2040 be superior to the 2030 or even 2000?
I'm not really seeing much need for 2d to 3d conversion. It sounds neat but I'm not sure I really take advantage of that feature. MHL isn't really necessary either. Would I be satisfied with a cheaper projector?
I'm really interested in great image quality, low input lag (I'll use an HTPC) and decent brightness and dark room performance.
First, the 2030 and 2000 are exactly the same projector..just one is online only and the other is sold in stores.
The 2040 adds a couple features you may not use (mhl, 2D-3D, CFI) but also has less input-lag which is a big deal for gaming (or another feature that won't affect you if you don't use it to game). The last thing it adds is a slightly more dynamic iris, but that can also mean a more noticeable/annoying iris in some cases.
For someone who isn't interested in gaming on it or playing with the new software features, the 2030/2000 already does the same job for less money.
Originally Posted by Horrorfan13
Jhughy, your want list sounds like what I am looking for in a projector. This Epson 2040/2045 sounds like it could pretty pretty nice. I am eagerly awaiting more reviews. I am a little concerned about not getting a DLP projectior since many people say they have a better picture (according to some) but I worry about the rainbow effect with DLP. I like the idea if $99 replacement bulb with this Epson versus $200+ for some others. Hopefully reviews come soon.
The DLPs and Epson 3000 and older 8345 all offer a significant contrast increase over the 2040/2045 which will give those models an even better movie experience than these new Epson's (particularly if you can close curtains).
With 6X colorwheel speeds and most major retailers offering full money returns,rainbows aren't anything to fear. Just buy something good, like the w1075 or Vivitek 1188/1186, and get it from a place that returns projectors just in case.
Same with this Epson, buy from a place with a good return policy and see for yourself if the contrast/blacks and motion is good enough for you.
If you already know you prefer a fairly solid contrast/black-level, a good DLP might be a better place to start.