Originally Posted by jwhn
But my question is - will the Epson provide a significantly better picture when watching 1080p HD? Said another way, would my wife say...."wow, the Epson looks a lot better than the BenQ". Or is the difference in picture quality negligible?
I was waiting to get my hands on an Epson 5040UB/6040UB for a long time as a HUGE step up from my Sony Bravia VPL-AW15 (720p) and I was finally able to over the Christmas holidays in 2016. I bought a basically new 6040 from a AVS member but as a couple projects at work dragged on and I couldn't close them in time, I had to sell it after about 2 or 3 weeks. So then I was left back with the relatively dark picture of the AW15 until last month when I upgraded again to the BenQ HT2050.
Couple notes about my setup - No windows, unfinished space being used for my HT. Currently a 7.1.2 setup with a DIY screen of white spandex over black spandex, approximately 129" W x 53.75" H screen (2.4:1).
When we were using our Sony VPL-AW15, we basically couldn't watch dark content even in my light controlled room which includes Game of Thrones and some Harry Potter movies. When we got the Epson 6040UB - WOW, it was just a different world. But you're talking about going from roughly 1100 lumens to 2500 lumens so it not to be expected. Plus, not only did I go from 720p content to 1080p but it was that 1080p/4K enhanced thang that the 5040/6040 does. So much sharper and brighter at the big projector screen size right?
When I got rid of the Epson, I couldn't watch the Sony anymore. I just couldn't. So at that point I knew I needed to get another projector which is kind of how I found the BenQ HT2050. I got a good deal on it from a local Craigslister and I read reviews on here so I was pretty optimistic so I took it home and put it up.
I think most of us on the Forum are more sensitive to audio and video than most others (typically including our spouses) so MY opinion is that it isn't as good as the Epson but MUCH better than my Sony. How much better is the Epson?... Hard to say. I would say the Epson is def better, my eyes feel like it's better but the HT2050 has quieted the "itch" I've had to get the 5040 since I heard of its announcement which I think say something.
Also, I JUST called my wife who took the kids to Six Flags today. Here's the conversation:
Wife: "Hey, I'm going on a ride, what do you need?"
Me: "Remember that super projector I had?"
Me: "Well you know the projector I have now?"
Me: "Do you think the super projector was a lot better than the current one?"
Wife: "Um, maybe a little bit better but I only saw like one thing on the new projector"
I have watched a variety of content on both (6040/HT2050) - Movies, Games, Shows etc and I think while Epson is def better, the HT2050 will probably hold you over. I think some of the things you're not talking about which do deserve consideration is the horizontal and vertical lens shift of the Epsons, their zooms and lens memory. Being able to program all the different aspect ratios into the Epson (2.4, 2.35, 1.85, 1.77, whatever) and just press a button and have it resize... IT WAS MAGIC. So if you want to be able to do have your content fill up your entire screen, man the Epson is amazing. The BenQ doesn't have any of that. You have to manually zoom, only Vert lens shift... It was a pain in the neck to just set it up much less adjusting it to diff sized content (which I haven't and won't do).
We've already seen some discounts on the Epson 5040 so personally I'm waiting to hear on the Optoma UHD60 projector. Lots o people think that it will be sharper than the Epson so I'm very curious. If the Epson and Optoma are similar priced but Epson has lens memory and all that and I'd prob go Epson. But for me right now, the BenQ HT2050 is doing jusssssssssssssst fine!