Originally Posted by Dave in Green
There is a comprehensive review of Epson's Home Cinema 1040 (EB-U04) on projectorreviews.com that will give you a good idea of its full capabilities:
Sadly, after going through every single site in my country, I haven't found one single Epson's Home Cinema 1040 (EB-U04) available for sale. Did find an EB-W04 and I hoped it was the next EB-U04 ( as the letter would suggest ) but unfortunately that is not the case... it's native resolution is a 1280 x 800, does have the same power as far as Lumen though, 3000. Could get this EB-W04 new for $250 but in the same time i can get a EB-TW480 older model with less than 100h on the lamp for just $150... same resolution, 2800 Lumen. Only problem is that I'm starting to feel like I'm chasing a bit too much after "on paper" resolution and Lumens by now and made me go looking for even cheaper projectors. Thanks to steve1106
I saw with my own eyes the difference betweed LCD and DLP in a couple of scenarios... and from what I understand so far LCD is better for not-that-dark rooms while DLP seems a little bit washed up but supposedly looks decent in almost full dark. Putting the 2 technologies in balance, for my purpose
, it really seems to be like Epson's LCD is the better way to go and a highter number of Lumens is what I should chase, but reading different threads on forums ( mostly here on AVS though ) I see some highly regarded DLPs such as the older BenQ W1070 for example, which is DLP and has only 2000 Lumens and, to be quite honest, I simply... don't get ! And yes, I am aware I don't get because I am new to this, I just want to learn more. So basicly here's my dilemma : seems to me like the Epson EB-TW480 and BenQ W1070 came out about the same time ( roughly ! ) or so... while I could spend just $150 on the Epson with LCD and 2800 Lumen ( but 720p native resolution ) the lowest I can get that highly regarded ( back in the day ) BenQ W1070 is $400, which is DLP and has only 2000 Lumen ( but 1080 native resolution ). The difference, money wise it's... it's kind of huge ! Meanwhile I've been looking a lot at different models of Epson and BenQ and you guys seem to don't appreciate Optoma that much even though some newer models have A LOT of Lumens ( actually one, can't remember which, had like 3300 Lumens ) and are 1080p... and I honestly can't tell the difference between most of them, all the $450-$550 models I have listed in my initial post are 1080p, Epsons are LCD while BenQs are DLP, Lumens are between 2000 and 3000. They are so many models and being a noob I can't tell the years they all came out... so I even came up with the idea of searching for new projectors and the main sites in my country, just to get an idea of what are the relative new ( 2015-2017 ) models. Please endulge me... because I honestly DON'T FREAKIN' GET IT !
How is a BenQ TW529 a lesser model than the older BenQ W1070, when I can get the BenQ TW529 brand new for just $300 ( not from the store, from a guy that sells it ) ? I mean basicly besides the resolution ( 720p vs. 1080p ) everything else seems superior on the newer model... Lumens, 3300 vs. 2000, better contrast, newer technology and 0 hours on the lamp... I seriously don't get it ! I hope somebody will help me get a better understanding out of all this, because right now... i'm confused !