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Epson 3700 Vs. 5040UB for total TV replacement.

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My new house is almost completed. I've decided to give using a projector full time a shot! I've ordered a 120" Dark Energy Abyss ALR screen. I will have 2 shades on each window/sliding door, the outer shade will be light filtering but still let a fair amount of light in. The inner mounted shade will be black-out shades. The idea is that in a great room, I will typically want to not have to be in the dark to watch shows & sports. I would love to get the 5040UB so I can watch some 4k movies and such on my UB900 and just overall have the better night time movie performance. But my concern is that maybe I would need the extra lumens of the 3700 for daytime viewing? Anyone want to chime in and help me decide?
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Ive had both. The 3700 did not appear to be any brighter than the 5040UB. However the 3700's black levels are noticeably inferior to the 5040UB. If you can afford it, get the 5040UB.
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Interesting! I didn't expect to hear that. In this case, the cost difference between the two doesn't really matter to me compared to just having good end results!
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The 5040 is rated at 2500 lumens by Epson but projectorcentral tested it at over 3500 lumens in it's brightest mode. At the very least, the difference in output isn't as large as the ratings would have you believe. The 5040 is one of the best values around. The only way I would go for a 3100/3700 over it is if the 5040 was out of my budget or if I was only concerned with viewing in ambient light or in a poor room (where contrast and black levels won't matter).

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ProjectorReviews.com got substantially lower lumen output but I believe there's was a pre-production unit and that hopefully is the reason for it and not that Projector Central just got a good one!
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That is interesting... I'll say this: I've never heard anyone over in the 5040 owners forum complaining about the lumen output. As it stands the 5040 is brighter than my BenQ HT2050 and I can watch with ambient light no worries. I doubt you'll have any issues-- just make sure to buy from a seller with a generous return policy in case you get it home and discover it you need more output. As Lumens stated, the difference in contrast is substantial between these two. The 3700 had a native contrast roughly equal to entry level DLP units while the 5040 is an ultra high contrast projector intended to provide more serious performance in a fully light controlled room. Whether or not your room can take advantage of that extra performance is another matter entirely.
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Here is a comparison of the 5040 with lights on vs off https://www.youtube.com/comments?filter=kOBDF9FPLgk
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